June 9, 1900
A Word to the Veterans.
Next week the G.A.R. will celebrated in this city. Its record in Iowa is a proud one, and
many of its regiments in the Hawkeye state were drilled, and mustered in, and mustered out
upon this self-same Camp McClellan tract. The record at this particular time is a proud
one to rehearse, and the writer begs the indulgence to submit the following which is a
glorious roster, indeed.
A Glorious Roster.
First Iowa Infantry-959 officers and men. Killed 43. Died from wounds, etc., 13. Fought
at Wilson's Creek. Served three months. Captain August Wentz fought at Wilson's
Creek with the command. Later he joined the Seventh Infantry.
Second Iowa Infantry-1,247 officers and men. Killed 64. Died from wounds, etc. 134.
Fought at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Atlanta and 15 other battles. Marched with
Sherman to sea. The first three-years' regiment. Chief of Police Frank Kessler served
in the regiment.
Third Iowa Infantry-1,074 officers and men. Killed 57. Died from wounds, etc., 133.
Fought at blue Mills, Mo., Shiloh, Hatchie River, Vicksburg, Atlanta, and in Sherman's
march to the sea.
Fourth Iowa Infantry-1,184 officers and men. Killed 61. Died of wounds, etc. 205. Fought
at Pea Ridge, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Jackson, Lookout Mountain,
Mississippi Ridge, etc. Three years regiment.
Fifth Iowa Infantry-1,037 officers and men. Killed 65. Died of wounds, etc. 126. Fought
at Corinth, Iuka, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, etc. Three years' regiment.
Sixth Iowa Infantry-1,013 officers and men. Killed 109. Died of wounds, etc. 157. Fought
at Shiloh, Missionary Ridge, Dallas, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, etc., and was with Sherman
in his march to the sea.
The Gallant Seventh.
The Seventh Iowa Infantry was mustered into service at Burlington, Ia., July 24, 1861,
before Camp McClellan had been organized. The officers of the regiment were:
J. G. Lauman of Burlington, colonel.
August Wentz of Davenport, lieutenant colonel.
E. M. Rice, of Oskaloosa, major.
The regiment consisted of 1, 138 officers and men. There were 98 killed and 178 died from
wounds, etc. the regiment fought at Belmont, Mo., where Lieutenant colonel August Wentz,
after whom the local G.A.R. post is named, was killed in action on Nov. 7, 1861. His
funeral occurred with civic and military honors in Davenport, and he was buried with great
demonstration at Oakdale cemetery several days later. Other battles participated in by the
gallant Seventh are Fort Henry, siege of Corinth, Corinth, Shiloh, Rome Cross roads,
Dallas, New Hope Church, Big Shanty, Kenesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, siege of Atlanta,
July 22 in front of Atlanta, with Sherman on his march to the sea, thence through the
Carolinas to Louisville, Ky, where it was mustered out after four years of active service.
The Seventh was one of the proudest regiments in the history of the civil war.
Was Mustered at Camp McClellan
The Eight Iowa Infantry was the first regiment to be mustered into service of the United
States at Camp McClellan. Frederick Steele of the United States regulars organized the
regiment which took the oath of allegiance on Sept. 12, 1861. It remained in service until
1866. Officers and men, 1,027. Killed in battle 53. Died of wounds, etc. 187. The regiment
fought at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Jackson and Spanish Forth. This regiment first
tasted of the horrors of the prison pens of the south.
The Ninth Iowa-1,090 officers and men. Eighty-four killed and 275 wounded and dying
later. Fought at Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, Chickasaw Bayou, Ring-gold, Dallas, and Lookout
Mountain. It marched over 4,000 miles and brought home confederate flags one of which is
still in possession of the State Historical society. Mustered at Dubuque.
The Tenth Iowa-Fought at siege of Corinth, Iuka, Corinth, Port Gibson, Champion Hills and
Missionary Ridge. At Vicksburg also. Officers and men, 1027. Killed in action, 93. Died
form wounds 170. Mustered at Iowa City.
The Eleventh Iowa Infantry was mustered into service at Camp McClellan by General Baker
of the regular army in two sections in September and October, 1861. No regiment did better
service during the war and none met with a heartier welcome upon its return home. It
participated in action at Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Vicksburg, in the Atlanta campaign
and at Atlanta. Officer and men 1022, Killed in battle 58. Died from wounds 178.
The Twelfth Iowa-Officers and men 981. Killed in action 33. Died from wounds, etc., 285.
participated in action at Shiloh Fort, Donelson, siege of Vicksburg, Tupelo, White river,
Mississippi and Spanish Fort. Regiment was recruited after the federal defeat at Bull Run,
upon Lincoln's second call for volunteers.
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