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Jacob T. Martin was a West Virginian by birth, and in September, 1861, at the age of seventeen, enlisted in the Seventh Infantry of his State. He was with the Union Army of the Potomac and participated in the McClellan campaign; was with Burnside at Fredericksburg, with Hooker at Chancellorsville, with Meade at Gettysburg, and with Grant at the siege of Petersburg. He was taken prisoner at Hatch's Run, confined at Richmond, Va., returned to his regiment, veteranized in 1864, and was honorably discharged from the service June 25, 1865. He had been married the previous March, and in April, 1867, removed to Iowa, becoming a resident of Noble township in October, 1869. Afterward he bought a fine farm of 240 acres on section 28, Bear Grove township, buying the property of George Carter. His family consisted of six children, several of whom were born in Cass county.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 208.

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