Davenport Daily Gazette
January 18, 1862
The following persons were yesterday unanimously elected commissioned officers in “Baker’s Light Guard,” 16th regiment: E. M Newcomb, 1st lieutenant; Frank N. Doyle, 2d lieutenant. This company is from Dubuque, has 53 men in camp, and will probably be full in a week or two, as several squads are now ready to come in.
The 16th regiment has just received from the East its complete uniforms, overcoats and equipments—all of the best quality. These will be assigned to the soldiers as fast as they are mustered in. As we have before said, this will be the best equipped regiment formed in Iowa and put into service. Additions of men are daily being made to the regiment.
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 22, 1862
Alarm of Fire—Citizens will please bear in mind that we have a new fire bell in town, belonging to Fire King Co. No. 1, and being new it has to be sounded to try its metal. The trial will be made the first clear day; and by bearing this in mind any alarm may be avoided.
Captain Jack Slaymaker, of company C., 24 Regiment Iowa Volunteers, is now on visit to his friends in this city. This is the first opportunity he has had of visiting his old home since he left with his company months ago, and we hope he will have a good time. There is no better officer or man in the 2d regiment than Capt. S., and we are glad to have him once more with us.
Death in Camp—Night before last a young man named George Bradford, a private in Capt. Palmer’s company, died at Camp McClellan. He was one of the best soldiers in the company, and highly estimated by his officers and companions. He was not thought to be dangerously sick till just before his death. He lived in Muscatine county. His remains will be taken home to-day. There are now but few sick in the hospital, and none dangerously so.
A Visitor in Camp—Day before yesterday Judge Williams, of Muscatine, visited Camp McClellan, more especially to see the Muscatine boys there, we presume. The Judge is a gray-haired and very affable old gentleman and well known in this region. He rather astonished the boys in camp. He first got a violin, and uniting his voice to its melody sung some first rate songs. He then visited the Band quarters, and taking a drum not only beat it in style, but beat all the drummers in camp. He then convinced them that he was also rather ahead in the fife. No other instruments lying around loose, he did not give further exhibition of his musical genius. The judge was a drummer-boy in the war of 1812. During his visit to camp, he joined the band, and played the fife when they ‘beat off’. The Judge’s visit was apparently a delightful one to himself and to the whole camp He will be welcome again.
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 23, 1862
The Ladies of the Davenport Soldiers’ Aid Society return their thanks to Rev. Mr. Kynett for his interesting and instructive lecture upon the condition of the sick and wounded soldiers of Iowa, whom he has lately visited at their different hospitals. The thanks of the Society are also tendered to Mr. R. B. Hill for the use of the hall, and the editors of our daily papers for their kindness in advertising the lecture.~~Sec. Soldiers’ Aid Society.
An Astonished Trio—On Tuesday an amusing circumstance occurred on Brady street. A horse marked alike for venerable age and scant sides, was attached to a rough device of a sleigh containing an old man and woman. In descending the hill the horse kept at a deliciously slow gait until in crossing the railroad track, when some part of the harness gave way and roused him into unwonted activity, frightening the driver, who, in attempting to control him guided him on to the sidewalk and through the window of a millinery store. The shock of the glass and the sight of a new bonnet hanging just in front of his nose, was too much for horse flesh, and backing out he became quiet. It was hard to tell which of the three was the most astonished.
Drowned—Miss Mary E. Deeds, an estimable young lady of Carroll County, Illinois engaged in teaching school in Lyons, Iowa, was drowned one day last week while crossing the Mississippi from Fulton to Lyons, by falling into an air hole.
Edward Jones, aged nine years, was drowned at Fort Madison on Sunday last, while sliding with other boys on a sled down the slippery bank of the river.
Iowa 8th Regiment.—We commence on our second page a history of the 8th Iowa regiment from the time they left Benton Barracks. It is carefully written and furnished us by our friend, Rev. C. G. Van Derveer (sic), chaplain of that regiment. It will be continued through three numbers of the Daily, but be furnished complete in our Weekly edition. To some of our readers, those who have no immediate interest in the welfare of Iowa troops, the letters we publish from the various regiments of our State, may not possess so much attraction, but if they could only perceive the avidity with which these letters are sought, especially by those whose boys have gone soldiering, they would admit with us that our space could not be better occupied. As the 8th regiment has not yet been reported through our columns, we take pleasure in laying before our readers the truthful statements of the Chaplain. Our war correspondents are all reliable, and generally write over their own names.
The Eighth Iowa Leave St. Louis
The 8th Iowa, under command of Lieut. Col. Geddes, left Benton Barracks on the 9th of October last. A finer appearance could not be made by a regiment than was presented as we marched up Fourth street to the depot of the Pacific, R.R. with “fixed bayonets,” pipes piping, drums beating, and our beautiful regimental colors floating in the breeze. It was said that every regiment which had marched up that noted street, previous to ours, had been saluted by the report of pistolry. But our commanding officer, who is as brave as he is humane and gentlemanly, was not deterred from making an honorable exit by the rumor, being determined, if necessary, to give the St. Louisan’s a practical illustration of the skill our boys have acquired in “bayonet exercise,” if we were fired upon. This display of skill in the manual of that most useful instrument-was, however, rendered unnecessary, as no pistol shots were heard. Our destination—so said the order received by our commanding officer—was Jefferson City, whither we were to proceed and await further orders. To give a little excitement to our trip, we were informed by a dispatch that concealed batteries were placed along the railroad near Gasconade bridge, with the intent to fire upon us as we passed; also that the said bridge was burned, and that the little town of Hermann was occupied was occupied by rebels, who would dispute our further progress in case the batteries did not demolish us, and we should escape a fall into the Gasconade. With such comforting reflections as the above-mentioned dispatch would inspire, we at last started with our long train. As night began to draw her dark folds around us, the order was given to load our pieces. Our commanding officer took his position in the front of the train near the engineer, that he might see what was going on. The event proved that this precaution, though certainly warranted by the dispatch, was not necessary.
We arrived at Jefferson city safe and “in food order.” Here, by a delay in sending us word whither to proceed, we were compelled to wait all day. And what a day it was! Cold and rainy; and as our men were in open cars they suffered from the wet and cold. While waiting orders, I took the opportunity, in company with a brother officer, of visiting the State House; and a fine building it is, though as yet unfinished. Situated on a high bluff, it commands an extensive view of both sides of the Missouri river.
The Eighth Iowa Arrive At Syracuse.
About 10 p.m. we left Jefferson City and came into Syracuse. At this place we remained 10 days. Here the various regiments in camp were reviewed by Gen. Fremont and Secretary Cameron, and brigaded. Our brigade consisted of the 8th and 6th Iowa, 7th Missouri, a batallion of regular infantry and some regular cavalry. Col. Steele of our regiment was then appointed, and has been ever since acting as Brigadier General. Here too the measles first made many in that weak condition, which proved so disastrous to them—fatal to some—during our hard march to and from Springfield.
Leave Syracuse—Southern Movement
On the afternoon of Oct. 21st, we left Syracuse. Our brigade formed a part of the 5th division—the reserve of the “grand army of the Mississippi’—one more under command of Brigadier General McKinstry, then acting Major General, now safely quartered in the arsenal at St. Louis. We left Syracuse poorly furnished with transportation—so poorly that the boys were forced to pack their knapacks-- with half rations, we marched on, making fair day’s marches till on the evening of Oct. 24th, we went in camp about 3 miles north of Warsaw.
To be continued…
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 23, 1862
The Eighth Come on To Warsaw—Incident.
We remained at our last camp one day, and on the afternoon of the second day came on to Warsaw. We arrived at this “secesh” town about dark, too late to pitch tents. Our regiment lay along the road close by the house of one Judge Wright, who is a wealthy man of decidedly secession proclivities, so at least I was informed by citizens of the town. Still, the Judge had procured a “safe guard” from Gen. Fremont, and consequently his property was invio’able. The field and staff officers of our regiment, as did several officers of the 6th Iowa, obtained permission of the Judge’s wife to sleep on her parlor floor. When I entered the parlor, I found my friend, Lieut. Col. Cummins, of the 6th Iowa, seated by the center table, conversing with a young lady who was making a pair of slippers. The Colonel introduced her as Miss W., daughter of the Judge. She made no attempt to conceal her secession sympathies and very willingly showed the slippers on which she was working a secession flag. Dame Rumor says the young lady’s accepted lover is a Lieutenant in the rebel army, and that the slippers were intended for his solace and comfort after the forced marches, to which the rebels invariably betake themselves when any large number of our men approach their vicinity. As our regiment was delayed some hours in crossing the Osage I had an opportunity of conversing with the young lady and her mother. I have, in our marches through this state, improved as I could opportunities of conversing with the citizens, so as to learn their feelings about the present war. Miss W. openly and defiantly avowed her principles. She declared the object of the ar to be the abolition of slavery. I endeavored to show her by the acts of the administration that the perpetuity of the Union was the object of the war—that slavery, though the cause of the war, was a side issue in its settlement, and the abolition or non-abolition of slavery would depend upon future developments. In reply to her inquiry, “You think slavery is right don’t you?” I answered “No.” This led to further conversation, in the course of which I remarked to the effect, that I did not see that a dark skin necessarily deprived a man of that manhood which God had given him, but that the ignorance and stupidity imputed to the Negro were rather the effect of his bondage. To this, Miss W. replied, “If that is the way you talk I won’t have anything more to say to you,” and left me to my musings. And then I was reminded of Senator Sumner’s famous speech on the “Barbarism of Slavery.”
Pomme De Terre—Camp Starvation
We left Warsaw October 26th, and marched over a hilly country, whose chief product is rocks, eight miles to Pomme de Terre river. The boys fared very hard here for want of rations of which we were destitute except beef; of this we always had plenty. The popular camp name of this encampment is “Camp Starvation,” though it is frequently called “Pancake Hollow” and “Slapjack Creek,” suggested by the kind of meal here served out. This seemed to be wheat, ground straw and all of it threshed it could scarcely have been passed through a “fanning-mill,” as the meal was full of straw from one to three inches in length-of this mixture cakes were made, not very palatable, or healthy as the increased number of those who came every morning to the Surgeon’s tent, plainly indicated. Still it sustained life if it did produce sickness.
To be continued…
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 24, 1862
Of the Sanitary Condition and the Number of Deaths in the 12th Reg’t Iowa Infantry, form their arrival at St. Louis to the 15th January, 1862.
Camp Benton, Mo., Jan. 16th, ’62.
After much exposure to cold at Dunleith, and traveling by rail two nights and one day, the Iowa 12 arrived opposite St. Louis on the morning of the 1st December.
The men stood nearly all day upon the river bank, in a chilling wind. In the evening they were marched to Camp Benton, the streets being excessively dusty and were quartered in an unfinished building, which had been begun, and has since been finished and used as a stable. There were no stoves, and no means of warming these quarters. There was a very limited supply of straw. The weather continued cold, and snow fell on the 3d. After remaining in the stable a week or more, we were ordered into barracks which had been recently used as a convalescent hospital. The officers and men were diligent in repairing and renovating the new quarters, which began to be comfortable when we were ordered into other barracks less perfectly ventilated and in a part of the camp less thoroughly drained. The weather became warmer and the ground muddy. The men’s shoes were bad. Coal stoves were crowded into one apartment, originally intended for but one. All these causes conspired to develop and aggravate catarrhal affections. So nearly universal were coughs, colds and sore throats, that many attributed it to an epidemic of influenza.
The camp was at the same time full of the contageous (sic) measles, and the 12th did not long escape its attack. A large number were liable to it from having been recruited on the frontier than if taken from older and more densely populated districts, and quite a number have had it for the second time.
The disease, ordinarily considered a mild affection, has, under these proved dreadfully fatal-fatal—the mortality resulting, in almost all cases, from the after consequences either upon the lungs or the bowels.
After being in Camp Benton a week or more without any hospital accommodations at all, we were assigned a new brick building outside the lines as a Regimental Hospital, capable of accommodating 25 to 30 patients. On the 10th of December the worst cases were selected and taken there. After it became full those most seriously sick were taken to the different general hospitals in the city, while the mild and middling cases were retained for treatment in the quarters. The Regimental Hospital, though at first scantily furnished was soon well provided for through the Aid Societies of Iowa and the Aid Societies of St. Louis acting in concert with the Sanitary Commission and Surgeon Gen. Hughes. Many generous friends—both ladies and gentlemen—whose names we do not know, have visited our sick and contributed to their comfort. We have had a faithful corps of nurses, and our Hospital Steward, S. C. U. Hobbs, and his wife as Matron have been indefatigueable in their labors. Assistant Surgeon Zinley has been very efficient, though laboring under circumstances of great difficulty. We were supplied with good articles of medicine, but the variety of articles is limited, and some that would have been specially serviceable were not furnished.
At first we all labored under an erroneous prejudice against the general Hospitals and kept our patients out of them as long as possible. They are indeed—under the supervision of the Sanitary commission—excellently managed institutions, having all the advantages that money can purchase and a benevolent skill can apply. We have now no new cases of measles. Some of our men are now having mumps and a few pneumonias. But the general improvement in health is very great. Our men are under marching orders and well armed, are in good spirits, save the sadness at the loss of so many comrades. Our Regimental Hospital is now broken up and our stores packed for transportation.
It will be seen by the following list that we have lost twenty nine men up to the 15th instant. all of whom have died from the effects of measles except three, or at least all but three have had measles since coming to Camp Benton.
Name Co. Hospital Complaint Died John W. Brows A Regimental Measles Dec. 19 Neal McKenzie A Good Sam’rit’n Measles Dec. 31 D. D. Cantonwine A Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 4 Joseph Hace A 4th St. Milit’y Fever Jan. 10 Jasper J. Milner B Regimental Measles Dec. 24 Thos. Stack B Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 11 George Calico B Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 12 William Forbes C Pacific Measles Jan. 7 Leroy Lewis C Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 8 Elijah Classen C Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 16 Donald Conner C N. House Refge Measles Jan. 18 Wm. U. Webster D Regimental Pneumonia Jan. 6 Wm. D. Daly D Pacific Measles Jan. 9 Jasper N. Conner D Pacific Measles Jan. 18 John G. Jackson D Regimental Measles Jan. 19 John R. Lee D N. House Refge Measles Jan. 17 Henry Harridon D Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 15 Franklin Cooley E N. House Refge Measles Jan. 11 *. *********hoff E Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 7 Sam’l Belsh F Regimental Measles Jan. 3 Thos. Hinkle F Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 4 Hiram E. Hatfal F Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 7 Geo. W. Felier H Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 8 Joseph Noggies H N. House Refge Measles Jan. 11 Sylvester Barker H Pacific Measles Jan. 11 A. Hufsmith H 4th St. Military Unknown Jan. 11 A. Codley I N. House Refge Measles Jan. 1 Joseph Bryan I Good Sam’rit’n Measles Jan. 6 Job Main K Good Sam’rit’n Measles Dec. 31
C. C. Park 12th Reg’t Surgeon
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 24, 1862
The Eighth Iowa Regiment
Approach to Springfield.
On October 31st we were ordered to pack up our “traps” and start for Springfield. That night we camped near Quincy. We were ordered to be ready to march by daylight, and by forced marches to join the main army at Springfield as soon as possible. About 40 of our men who were not equal to the march, with some from the 6th Iowa, were left here under the charge of our excellent ‘Hospital Steward’. The rest of us started on. We made about 29 miles that day and camped, or rather lay down, (for we didn’t pitch our tents that night,) about a mile from Bolivar. Many of the men had fallen out of the ranks, and stragglers were coming in nearly all night. Next morning we again began our march, and that day made about 26 miles. It was on the evening of this day that we received the official announcement of Gen. Fremont’s recall. This information occasioned some regret among our officers and men, for we had hoped that after his immense preparations Gen. F. would do something. We also thought it rather unfair to remove a General just as he started out on the prosecution of his plans. But so far as I saw, there was in our Brigade, and so far as I have been able to discover by diligent inquiry, in our division, no manifestation of feeling which the most fervid imagination could construe even into the appearance of mutiny. This night, too, we went into camp with a very small regiment—many of our men having given out by the wayside. Most of those who had fallen back came in before morning.
The 8th Arrives at Springfield—Prospects of a Battle
Next day, Nov. 3, we marched into Springfield. Our Brigade camped about a mile west of the town. Here we found “the army of the Mississippi.” All around the town were innumerable tents, and the whole scene was one of great novelty and interest to a citizen soldier. It was reported that Price’s pickets were only seven miles from us. The afternoon of the day we arrived at Springfield, an order came in camp to prepare to march immediately after Price. This order was most willingly obeyed. Our boys were drawn up on the color line and their guns inspected; the horses of the field and staff officers were saddled; hospital wagons got in readiness to move; those too unwell to go were drawn up in line, addressed by the commanding officer and entrusted with the care of the camp. We all thought the long-wished for time had at last come—we waited, expecting every moment to hear the order to march. The plan was to march out to the pickets or as near Price as we could get that night, and make a night attack, or wait till the morrow to give him battle, as the case might demand. About sundown an order came down not to advance, but to lie on our arms all night. So our horses were reluctantly unsaddled, and we turned into our tents and blankets, a regiment of disappointed men. That was the first, the last and the nearest approach we have yet made to a battle. From all the information I can obtain, it is doubtful if we were within 40 miles of Price at any time on our march. He was kept perfectly posted, by secessionists along the route, of all our movements, and of course retreated towards Arkansas whenever he heard of the approach of any number of our troops proportionate to his own. His policy is not to risk a general engagement of our army whenever he may find the chance. Price is an admirable “bushwhacker.” We remained in camp near Springfield six days.
A Visit to Wilson’s Creek Battle-Ground
During our stay in Springfield, it was determined by the “powers that were” that a detachment of one company from each of several regiments should go over to Wilson’s Creek battle-ground, and bury any of the dead who might have been left uninterred after the battle. Co. D, whose youthful and gallant Captain had served as a private in that very field in the heroic Iowa 1st, was detailed from our regiment. It was my good fortune to fall in with Major Dubois on my way over, and have from him an account of the part his battery commanded the famous “corn filed,” and saved Plummer’s noble little band of regulars from annihilation by the fierce charge of the Louisiana and Mississippi regiments. These regiments, the bet drilled and armed in Price’s army—the Louisiana regiment carrying, it is said revolving rifles, five shooters, marched out of the brush that concealed them, and charge on the regulars with terrible effect. But a few shells from Dubois’ well directed battery sent them back to the brush and cleared the field. We first visited the “corn field;” here we found the uninterred body of a regular belonging to Co. C, Plummer’s battalion. He was shot through the right breast, and probably fell dead without a sensation of pain. From the “corn field” we rode over to the bluff opposite, where Totten’s battery was placed, and a battalion of regulars under co. Steele, and the Iowa 1st and Kansas 1st fought. Col. Steele was with us on the ground and identified his last position; he was standing near two oak saplings, which spring from the same root, and remembers a musket ball striking one of them scarcely two inches from his head, and knocking the bark into his eyes. These saplings he succeeded in finding and from them readily located the Iowa 1st and Kansas 1st. These troops were under fire from Gen. Wakeman’s battery, one of the best commanded and most efficient in the rebel service. Judging from the marks on the trees, he must have poured grape and round shot into our ranks with tremendous fury. We passed down through the range of that battery, the same ground taken by the Iowa 1st, and not a sapling but was cut off by round shot and perforated by grape. To one inexperienced, the wonder is how troops ever stood under such firing; it would seem as if every man must have been shot. But our brave volunteers did stand under it most nobly, like veterans. Gen. Wakeman was killed and his battery silenced. Then had they only known it, so say the officers who were on the ground—they might have gained a complete and glorious victory. If the regulars, 1st Iowa, and Kansas 1st had been ordered to charge with the bayonet upon the rebels as they retreated from the gorge, the rout would have been complete, and our forces left in possession of the field—as it was both armies seem to have retired at the same time and the battle was a drawn one. The spot was pointed out where the heroic Lyon fell and the tree to whose root he was carried to die. We saw the remains of Gen. Lyon’s gray charger, and a cave in which it is said the rebels cast 80 of their dead. Passing over this recent field of carnage, seeing bits of uniforms here and there and bones of men scattered among skeletons of horses, gave the more vivid idea of the terrible reality of war than any of the written descriptions I have ever seen. After satisfying our curiosity on the field of battle, we rode over to the house occupied by Ben. McCullough as his headquarters. Near this house and just on the bank of Wilson’s Creek—a beautiful, retired spot—we saw perhaps in hundred graves, where the rebels killed in the battle or died from wounds had been buried. Some graves were marked by boards bearing the name of the deceased, and among them we read the name of one Col. Brown. The declining sun warned us that it was time to return, so we turned our horses toward camp, a good ten miles distant, gratified and instructed by our day’s excursion. While encamped near Springfield, Gen. McKinstry was called to the St. Louis Arsenal, and we were placed under command of Gen. Sturgis.
Retrograde Move—Leaving Springfield
Saturday, Nov. 9, we were ordered to march—which way we were not informed; consequently there were conflicting opinions in camp, some affirming we were to march south, others north. The matter was settled when the head of our column turned toward Warsaw. Before we left camp we buried, with suitable religious service and the usual military honors, H. E. Hartwell, of Co. B. He was the first of our men who died with his regiment. Our march back to Sedalia was somewhat hurried. Some days we made 20 miles or more, and this, for the condition of our regiment at that time was pretty hard. We managed to press several teams into service, and by this means carried the boys knapacks, and gave many of the weak ones a chance to ride. Thursday, Nov. 14, we camped 6 miles this side of Warsaw, and then and there, for the first time since we left Syracuse, drew full rations. On the march up we buried three men besides the one interred near Springfield. Poor fellows! All was done for them which our limited means would permit, but the ‘all’ for a sick and dying man on a rapid march is very little.
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 27, 1862
Benton Barracks, near St. Louis
Editor Gazette:~~I am not desirous of enrolling myself among the numerous list of “Army correspondents” now in existence, but write in this instance so that the 14th Iowa Infantry may for once be represented in the columns of the Gazette.
As you are aware, we left Davenport on Nov. 27th, 1861, and arrived here Nov. 30th, where we are still stationed. The entire regiment regret that we did not take the field immediately after leaving Davenport, as undoubtedly it would have been better for the regiment in many respects. Were it not for the crowded stated of the Barracks, we would have been comfortably quartered here. The Barracks are divided into divisions, and each of them in four blocks, one of which was originally intended for two companies whereas four now occupy them. In this manner they become exceedingly crowded. The ventilation, until recently, has been very poor—lately they have constructed ventilators on top of the Barracks, rendering them much more comfortable and healthy. If a hundred and eighty men are placed in a room poorly ventilated, which is not large enough for half that number, you can readily imagine how foul the atmosphere must be. This, and the changeable weather, has in a great measure caused so much illness among the men. Another great cause is in the fault of the men themselves. They have their daily rations issued them, which in quantity far exceeds the amount they would eat at home, yet they devour the entire quantity as though the Government required it and between meals they patronize apple-pie and pop-corn peddlers to an extent that would astonish one who has not been a personal observer. This error is more particularly to be found among new troops who have but recently left their homes. If all new troops will bear in mind the injurious effects of this course, they will avoid a great deal of illness, and some of them will prolong their lives. To exclude the peddlers is an utter impossibility, unless they exclude all citizens, and particularly washerwomen, who conceal pies in the bottom of their baskets and hide them with washing they bring in.
We have had as many as a hundred and forty-five men on the sick list, though never had over thirty-five of that number sick enough to go to the regiment hospital. We have lost only fifteen men altogether since the organization of the regiment, and one of those by a fall while at Camp McClellan. You will readily discover that the mortality in this regiment has been much less than in other regiments, which have lost from forty to sixty in the same length of time. The regiment numbers about six hundred men and seven companies, three having been detached and are now at Fort Randell, D. T. We attribute this comparatively small loss to our good physician and the manner which our hospital arrangements are conducted. The hospital is under the direct supervision of our Col., who visits it frequently, and attends personally to the wants of the sick, without leaving it entirely for his chaplain to attend to. We have also an excellent physician (Dr. Staples, from Dubuque) who is busy from before reveille in the morning until taps at night. At the hospital we have two ladies, who have frequently received the compliment of keeping the cleanliest hospital in and about the city. We have not yet sent one of our sick to any of the general hospitals in and about St. Louis, but have kept them at our own, a large brick building just outside the lines.
Colonel Shaw has provided the regiment with their tents, which they have pitched in the Fair Grounds, a short distance from the Barracks. The latter are occupied by men who are unfit for duty yet not sick enough to go to the hospital. Since we have been in tents the health of the regiment has greatly improved.
That Sanitary Committee that was sent from Iowa must certainly have forgotten that such a regiment as the Iowa 14th was in existence, for they did not visit our hospital; if so, it was without the knowledge of the Colonel, Surgeon or Chaplain. I notice by a report from that committee, published in a Keokuk paper, that they had provided the Iowa 14th with a box of hospital stores. This certainly must be an error, for we have never received anything from them, and if they forwarded it to the regiment, it never reached its destination. All articles we have ever received from any source whatever have been from the Ladies’ Aid Society in St. Louis, who have kindly provided us with hospital shirts, slippers, &c. The officers of the regiment contributed freely to the wants of the sick in furnishing those delicacies which the Government does not. Should they overlook anything, the Colonel himself orders it furnished. The Surgeon General for the State of Iowa was down here recently, and called on our Surgeon; he remained a few minutes, stating that he could not visit our hospital, as he was going away next morning though it is positively known that he was in the city for several days afterward. If you desire, you can publish the following list of deceased members of our regiment, since its organization up to date, with cause, residence, &c:
Dec. 26, 1861--Jef. Morris, Measles, Co. D, Henry Co.
Jan. 4, 1862—A. W. Balluff, Pneumonia, Co. D., Henry Co.
Jan. 5, 1862—Sam’l Edwards, Pneumonia, Co. D., Henry Co.
Jan. 10, 1863—Nap. B. Henry, C** Fits, Co. D., Henry Co.
Jan. 14, 1863—Robt. Goodacre, Typ’d Fever, Co. E., Jasper Co.
Jan. 13, 1863—S. C. Grooms, Pneumonia, Co. E., Jasper Co.
Jan. 24, 1863—Noah Kinney, Lung Fever, Co. E, St. L., MO.
Dec. 10, 1862--Geo. W. Pitt, Pneumonia, Co. F., Linn Co.
Dec. 22, 1862—H. J. Chapman, Lung Fever, Co. F., Henry Co.
Dec. 29, 1862—Leroy Bowen, Typ’d Fever, Co. G., Marshall Co.
Dec. 29, 1862—J. J. Aldridge, Pneumonia, Co. G., Marshall Co.
Jan. 6, 1863—Chas. Wheslen, Pneumonia, Co. G., Marshall Co.
Jan. 9, 1863--*. Haymaker, Lung Fever, Co. H., Jones Co.
Jan 8, 1863--*. Heil****, Lung Fever, Co. I., Henry Co.
Nov. 24, 1862—G. Rekhard, Fall at Camp McClellan, Davenport, Co. I., Henry Co.
Nearly all of the above cases, were first taken with measles, terminating as above: All with the exception of four whose bodies were sent home, were buried in the Wesleyan burying ground, about two miles southwest from camp. Friends of the deceased can secure the bodies of their friends and gain any information they desire, by addressing Mr. John A. Smithers, Undertaker, No. 113 Chestnut street, St. Louis, Mo., who has a complete register of each death that has occurred in and around the city. Persons making application should be careful to state the name of the deceased, also company or Captain, and regiment, and if possible the date of death.
To-day, the Iowa 12th, col. Woods, and the Mo. 13th, Col. Wight, left the camp for Cairo. The Iowa 1st, 2d and 3d cavalry are here, also the 14th, sit in these barracks. We do not know when we will leave, and our destination is as uncertain as our departure. With kind regards for all at home, I am
N. N. T.,
14th Iowa Infantry.
For the U. S. Regular Army
Able Bodied Men, of good moral character, between the ages of 13 and 23, without wife or child.
Pay per month, $13, With Clothing and Rations, and the best Medical Attention.
Captain S. A. Wainwright
Recruiting Officer for 13th U. S. Infantry
Office—S. E. Corner of Brady & Second street, upstairs.
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
Friday, January 27, 1862
A Scott Co. Soldier Dead.—Hiram Hall Blackman, son of Mr. L. S. Blackman, of Buffalo township, a private in Co. E., 2d Iowa Cavalry, died of measles on the 12th inst. at St. Louis, in the 24th year of his age. His father has telegraphed for his body, which is expected home to-day for interment.
Adjutant General’s Office of the State of Iowa, Des Moines, January 11th, 1862. There is now an opportunity to raise two companies for the 16th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Persons desiring recruiting commissions for that purpose will make immediate application to me at Des Moines, presenting such recommendations as they deem proper.~~N. B. Baker, Adjt. Gen’l of Iowa.
In this city, on the 22d inst. by Rev. L. Buttervield, Mr. W. L. Carroll and Miss Amanda A. Howland, all of this city. By Elder James Challen, on the 22d inst., at the bride’s father’s , Long Grove, Alexander W. Brownlie to Miss Elizabeth Thomson, all of Scott county. There were about 60 of the relations of the families present.
Mortality of Iowa Soldiers. The following list comprises the names of Iowa Volunteers who have died in the vicinity of St. Louis at the dates named.—For further information, apply to John A. Smithers, 113 Chestnut street, St. Louis.
Jan.11—James B. Sterns, Co. A. 6th Iowa. do John B. Kuhne, 2d Iowa cavalry. doJan. 12—Jos. J. Hilbert, Co. C., do J. R. Lamb, Co. C. 7th Iowa. do John Hanly, Co. A. do John S. Lee, Co. D., 12th Iowa. do John Rutter, Co. G. 3d Iowa. do Hiram Blackman, Co. E. 2d Iowa cavalry. do James Himord, Co. C. doJan. 13—Jasper Coyner, Co. D., 12th Iowa. John L. Jacques, Co., D. do Robert Goodsore Co. E.,14th Iowa. doJan. 14—Wm. P. Hatfield, Co. M, 3d Iowa. do Willis Brown, Co., G. 3d Iowa. do Leslie Moore, Co. A., 2d Iowa cavalry. do Abraham Patterson, Co. F. do Henry Haradon, Co. D. 12th Iowa. doJan. 15—Daniel Conger, Co. C., 12th Iowa. do J. H. Sarnes Co. K, 2d Iowa cavalry. do Samuel Hennington, Co. E 12th Iowa. doJan. 16—Moses Armentrout, Co. E. 2d Iowa cavalry. do Samuel M. Johnson, Co. H., 11th Iowa. do Bartholomew Pierson, Co. I, 13th Iowa. do Charles Kant **ooke, Co. F., 2d Iowa cavalry. doJan. 17—Hy**** Kinnan, Co. F, 2d Iowa. do Franklin Fies, Co. A, 2d Iowa. do Isaac V. Dean, Co. H, 2d Iowa. do Henry Jones, Co. C,12th Iowa. do Granville Russell, Co. C, 12th Iowa. doJan. 18—Hugh Linn, Co. A, 2d Iowa. do J. Galvin, Co. 11th Iowa. do Hebadrick C. Groom, Co. E 14th Iowa. do Warner N. Gray, Co. I., 2d Iowa cavalry. do David M. Cockerham, Co. D, 2d Iowa. do~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
January 30, 1862
Mortality of Iowa Soldiers
The following list comprises the names of Iowa Volunteers who have died in the vicinity of St. Louis at the dates named. For further information apply to John A. Smithers, 113 Chestnut street, St. Louis.—
Jan 15--James Mason, Co. E, 12th Iowa. Henry D. Lynes, 3d Iowa Cavalry.Jan. 19—Napoleon B. Henry, Co. D, 14th Iowa. Marshall Lazelle, Co. F, 12, Iowa.Jan. 20—John H. Scott, Co. K, 2d Iowa Cavalry. John Sohn, Co. B, 12 Iowa. Thomas Jordan, Co. F., 11th Iowa.Jan. 21—James M. Hughes, Co. A., 12th Iowa. Barney Clawson, Co. I., 2d Iowa. Ubl. Mather, Co. D., 12th Iowa. Thomas Brattain, Co. C. 2d Iowa.Jan. 22—Hiram Halleckm, Co. E., 7th Iowa. James C. Taylor, Co. F., 2d Iowa Cavalry.Jan. 23—Henry McDougal, Co. E., 7th Iowa. D. H. Sawin, Co. A., 12th Iowa. Lewis P. Mills, Co. K., 2d Iowa.Jan. 24—Capt. C. C. Tupper, Co. G., 12 Iowa. Ira H. Phillips, Co. H., 12th Iowa. Jackson Jewell, Co. B., 2d Iowa Cavalry.Jan. 25—George Mason, Co. E., 12th Iowa. John Eing, Co. F., Iowa Cavalry.
While the 7th Iowa Regiment was on the way to Cairo, an assistant surgeon was run over by the cars at Du Quoin Station, and died of his injuries last Wednesday.
~Transcribed by Elaine Rathmann
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