of KILLED, WOUNDED and MISSING
of the 2d IOWA INFANTRY
The following is a list of the killed, wounded and
missing soldiers of the 2d Iowa Infantry:
Pvt. Geo. W. FRIEND, 20 from Keokuk, K.I.A. April 6, 1862, Battle of
Pvt. William W. CLARK, 35 from Keokuk, K.I.A. April 6, 1862, Battle of
Sergt. John MACKLEY, 30 from Keokuk, wounded in right arm severely
Corp. Joseph A. COLLINS, age 18 from Keokuk, wounded in leg, slightly
Pvt. William H. ROBINSON, age 19 from Keokuk, wounded in shoulder,
Pvt. John KEPPLE, 21 from Keokuk, wounded in knee, severely
Pvt. Joseph Conley, 22 from Keokuk, wounded in leg, severely
Pvt. John A. HOUGH, 23 from Keokuk, wounded in neck, slightly
Pvt. Ephraim B. WILSON (sic, WILSEY), 26 from Keokuk, wounded in leg,
Pvt. James L. WILSON, 21 from Keokuk, wounded in wrist, slightly
Pvt. James FECHIN (?), wounded in hand, slightly
Pvt. James QUICKSELL, 20 from Keokuk [Wounded and taken prisoner at
the Battle of Shiloh; discharged for disability at Cornith, Mississippi on
July 21, 1862].
Capt. Robert M. LITTLER **, 31 from Davenport; wounded inleft arm,
severely [Arm amputated; resigned from service 04 Aug 1863; appointed
Inspector Camp Morton, IN on November 20, 1863; appointed Commandant Post
at Alexander Ferry on April 26, 1864; appointed Assistant Provost Marshal
Military District, Washington, D. C. on July 26, 1864; appointed A. A.
Provost Marshal General, Chief Mustering and Disbursing Officer, and
Superintendent of R. S. of Maine on November 17, 1864; promoted to Major
on June 20, 1864; promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel on March 30, 1865.
Pvt. M. L. THOMPSON, wounded in left arm, severely
Pvt. David J. Scott, 23 from Davenport, wounded in leg, slightly
Pvt. Henry H. PORT, 22 from LeClaire, wounded in finger, slightly
Sgt. Bryan FARRELL, 21 from Davenport, Wounded in arm, slightly
Pvt. Jacob WEARY, 27 from Davenport [mustered out of service 28 Apr
1864, expiration of term of service].
Cpl. William H. SUTLIFF, 26 from Andalusia, wounded in left hand,
slightly [deserted on October 9, 1862 when in pursuit of Confederate
forces during their retreat from Cornith, Mississippi].
Pvt. Edward CORCORAN, 25 from Keokuk; wounded in left shoulder,
severely [promoted in ranks to 1st Corporal; re-enlisted and re-mustered
23 Dec 1863, Company C, 2nd Infantry Consolidated Battalion].
Capt. Jonathan Smith SLAYMAKER, born March 31, 1835 in Lancaster
Countym PA. Enlisted April 21, 1861, mustered into federal
service May 28, 1861, as 1st lieutenant of Co, C, promoted to Captain
October 3. Died at the battle of Fort Donelson when a bullet
struck the pen knife in his pocket, shattered, and a piece of the blade
severed his femoral artery.
Pvt. Jefferson WOOSTER (sic, WORSTER), 22 from Keokuk; wounded in
fore-finger left hand, slightly; discharged for wounds 14 Jun 1862
Pvt. Charles G. ROWAN, 21 from Davenport; wounded in left arm
Capt. Noah W. MILLS, 28 from Des Moines; wounded in chin, slightly
[Promoted to Lt. Colonel on 22 Jun 1862; fatally wounded in action at
Cornith, Mississippi on 12 Oct 1862]
Sergt. Wm. E. HOUSTON, 25 from Des Moines; wounded in head, slightly
Corp. Leonard B. HOUSTON, 26 from Des Moines; wounded in ankle,
Pvt. Peter BOYLE, 27 from Sioux City; wounded in leg, slightly [Died
of chronic diarrhea on 25 Jun 1863 at Cornith, Mississippi]
Pvt. James W. BURBRIDGE, 29 from Des Moines; wounded in arm, slightly
Pvt. Robert D. BARNETT, 25 from Des Moines: wounded in hand slightly
Pvt. William RIDDLE, 30 from Des Moines; wounded in thigh, severely
[Re-enlisted and re-mustered 23 Dec 1863 into Co. D, 2nd Infantry
Pvt. Austin B. RUSH, age 20 from Des Moines; wounded in arm, slightly
[Re-enlisted and re-mustered 23 Dec 1863 into Co. D, 2nd Infantry
Pvt. George LEIGHTON, 26 from Peoria, Illinois. Missing April 5, 1862,
the night before the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee]
Ord. Sergt. Amos H. WIMER (sic, WEMER), 23 from Lancaster IA; K.I.A.
Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862
Privates, Elijah Newby, 32 from Glasgow IA; K.I.A. Battle of Shiloh on
April 6, 1862
J. H. HAVERSTICK (sic, should be John C. HOOVERSTICK), 27 from
Fairfield; K.I.A. Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862
Capt. John T. McCULLOUGH, 24 from Glasgow IA; wounded in arm, slightly
[Resigned from service 23 May 1864]
1st Lieut. David B. WILSON, 24 from Fairfield; wounded in arm and
Sergt. Henry F. MILLER, 21 from Denmark IA; wounded in arm
Corp. David J. BROWN, 25 from Davenport, wounded in foot, severely
[Reduced in ranks by his own request on 27 Sep 1862; mustered out of
service on 28 Apr 1864 at expiration of term of service]
Corp. Thomas L. STALLCUP, 27 from Fairfield; wounded in shoulder,
slightly [Promoted to Sergeant on 20 Aug 1863 into Co. E of 2nd Infantry
Pvt. Theodore BOGGS, 23 from Fairfield; wounded in hand, severely;
died 13 May 1862
Pvt. Reuben COOP, 20 from Fairfield; wounded in hand, severely
[Promoted to 6th Corporal on 29 Feb 1863; re-enlisted and re-mustered 23
Dec 1863 into Co. E. of 2nd Infantry Consolidated Battalion]
Pvt. John C. Duncan, 22 from Centerville IA; wounded in hand, severely
[Re-enlisted and re-mustered 23 Dec 1863 into Co. E of 2nd Infantry
Pvt. Charles J. REED, 21 from Fairfield; wounded in hand, severely
[Mustered out of service 27 May 1864 at expiration of term of service]
Pvt. Elwood WILLIAMS, 28 Pleasant Plain; mustered out 27 May 1864,
expiration of term of service
Pvt. James M. HUGHS (sic, HUGHES)
Pvt. James ROSS 23 from Fairfield [Regiment history states Pvt. ROSS
was wounded severly at Shiloh; later wounded severely while on duty 10 May
1862 at Cornith, Mississippi]
Pvt. John J. McKEE, 29 from Fairfield [Re-enlisted and re-mustered 23
Dec 1863 into Co. E of 2nd Infantry Consolidated Battalion]
Pvt. Lattery T. WEBSTER, 19 from Glasgow [Mustered out at expiration
of term of service on 27 May 1864]
Pvt. Thomas J. PATTON, 19 from Oskaloosa [Promoted 3rd Corporal 20 Aug
1863. Re-enlisted & re-mustered 25 Dec 1863 Co. E of 2nd Infantry
Pvt. Marion YORK, 24 from Richland [Wounded severely in right eye at
Battle of Cornith Mississippi on 04 Oct 1862; discharged from Keokuk Iowa
hospital due to wound. Name in discharge was A. M. YORK.]
Pvt. Daniel WALMER, 24 from Fairfield [Captured and taken prisoner
during the Battle of Shiloh; mustered out of service as "Daniel WALLMER"
at expiration of term of service on 27 May 1864.]
Capt. Abe WILKIN, 25 from Burlngton, wounded left arm, severely
[Re-mustered into Co. H of 2nd and 3rd Consolidated Infantry; mustered out
at expiration of term of service on 13 Jan 1865.]
2d Lieut. William BRAWNER, 22 from Milton IA; wounded in left side,
severely; died at Savannah, Tennesse on 15 Apr 1862; interment at Shiloh
National Cemetery, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, Section M, grave 333.]
Sergt. William MILLER, wounded in left leg, severely
John M. SULLIVAN, 23 from Van Buren Co. IA; wounded in left leg
[Mustered out on 27 May 1864 at expiration of term of service]
Capt. Samuel A. MOORE, 20 from Bloomfield IA, wounded in both legs,
severely; discharged due to wounds on 14 Sep 1862
Corp. Herman D. St. JOHN, 21 from Chariton IA, wounded in arm,
slightly; discharged due to wounds on 25 Aug 1862
Corp. John A. DEMUTHE (sic, DeMUTH), 19 from Bloomfield IA; wounded in
head, slightly [Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant 24 May 1864; transferred to Co.
G 2nd Infantry Consolidated Battalion]
Pvt. Charles E. DUNN, 19 from Bloomfield IA; wounded in right arm,
severely [Deserted 17 Sep 1862 near Iuka TN]
Pvt. David or Davis PROCTOR, 19 from Bloomfield IA; wounded in right
side slightly [Taken prisoner while foraging on 05 Oct 1862 near Cornith,
Mississippi; Re-enlisted and re-mustered 24 Dec 1863 into 2nd Infantry
Pvt. Henry H. JONES, 19 from Bloomfield IA; wounded in left hip,
slightly [Re-mustered into Co. G of 2nd Infantry Consolidated Battalion]
1st Lieut. Hiram SCHOFIELD (sic, SCOFIELD), from Washington IA,
wounded in thigh, severely [Promoted to A.A.G. on Brigadier General
LAWRENCE's staff 09 Jun 1862; promoted to Colonel of 37th U.S. Colored
Infantry on 05, 1863]
Pvt. Joseph N. HAMIL, 18 from Louisa Co. IA, wounded in foot, severely
Disability discharge 23 Jul 1863 at Cornith, Mississippi]
Pvt. Thomas CURRAN, 33 from Washington IA, wounded in leg, severely
[Lost left leg below the knee; discharged due to wounds on 14 Oct 1862 at
St. Louis, Missouri]
Pvt. Henry C. RUSSELL, wounded in left hand, severely [Wounded severly
in stomach while on duty as a scout for General DODGE at Russellville,
Alabama. Mustered out of service at expiration of term of service on 27
May 1864 at Pulaski, Tennessee]
Corp. H. S. COLLEY (sic, Archibald S. COOLEY), 26 from West Point; [K.I.A.
April 6, 1862 during the Battle of Shiloh; interment at National Cemetery
at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, Section C, grave 28.]
Capt. Hugh P COX, 35 from Lyons IA, wounded in left leg, severely
[Resigned from service on 01 Apr 1864]
Sergt. Spencer L. TULL (sic, TOLL), 20 from Clinton IA; wounded in
arms and breast, severely [Discharged on 13 Jul 1862]
Corp. N. ROGERS, wounded in back, slightly
Corp. Frank DALY, 20 from Lyons IA; wounded in face, slightly [Wounded
severely 04 Oct 1862 during Battle of Cornith, Mississippi; discharged for
disability 30 Mar 1863 at Keokuk, Iowa]
Pvt. Geo. F. COOK, 25 from Lyons IA; wounded in foot, severely
[Wounded in shoulder 04 Oct 1862 during Battle of Cornith, Mississippi;
discharged for wounds 18 Mar 1863 at Keokuk, Iowa]
Pvt. W. T. GAUGER, wounded in leg, severely
Pvt. John S. HERWICK, 26 from Lyons IA, wounded through thigh/leg,
severely [Discharged for wounds 03 Jul 1862]
Pvt. William Henry LAIRD, 19 from Fort Madison IA; wounded in left
shoulder, severely [Wounded in side during Battle of Cornith, Mississippi
04 Oct 1862; Re-enlisted and re-mustered 30 Dec 1863, promoted to 2nd
Lieutenant 16 1863 with Co. G of the 2nd Infantry Consolidated Battalion]
Pvt. John LUEBEN (sic, LEULEN), from Clinton IA, wounded in ankle,
severely [Died 19 Apr 1862 at Cornith, Mississippi; interment at National
Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio]
Pvt. William H. ROBINSON, age 19 from Keokuk IA; wounded in head,
slightly [Promoted to 5th Sergeant on 27 May Nov 1863; mustered out at
term of service on 27 May 1864]
Pvt. Charles H. REEDER, 21 from Clinton IA, wounded in leg, slightly
Pvt. William F. ROBINS, 23 from Clinton IA; wounded in neck and wrist,
slightly [Wounded in hip 04 Oct 1862 during Battle of Cornith,
Mississippi; transferred 28 Mar 1863 to Mississippi Marine Brigade;
discharged from service 01 Feb 1865]
Pvt. Geo. G. WHITTIER, 25 from Lyons IA, wounded in shoulder, severely
[Mustered out at expiration of term of service on 27 May 1864]
Pvt. Geo. MESCHER, 26 from Centre IA, not known [Taken prisoner 06 Apr
1862 during Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee; later paroled]
Pvt. John OHLING, K.I.A. 06 Apr 1862 during Battle of Shiloh
1st Lieut. John E. MOBLEY, 29 from Ottumwa IA, wounded in left arm,
severely [Discharged for disability on 20 Apr 1862]
Corp. Wesley H. HENDERSON, 27 from Ottumwa IA, wounded in foot,
slightly [K.I.A. during Battle of Cornith, Mississippi on 03 Oct 1862]
*The Battle of
Shiloh which was fought April 6th and 7th of 1862, was also known as the
Battle of Pittsburg Landing. Union casualties were 1,754 killed; 8,408
wounded; and 2,885 captured or missing in action. Confederate casualties
were 1,728 killed, 8,012 wounded, and 959 captured or missing in action.
** Obituaries of Col. Robert M. LITTLER
The Davenport Democrat
January 25, 1897, Page 1
COL. LITTLE DEAD.
THE WELL KNOWN DAVENPORTER EXPIRES IN CHICAGO
He Was One of Davenport's Hardest Workers in Many Lines - His Record With
Our Fire Department, Military, News Paper, and Agricultural Interests.
Word comes from Chicago of the death there Sunday noon of Col. Robert M.
LITTLER, old time resident of Davenport, and the best posted man in the
country on butter, eggs and cheese, and similar products.
The name of Col. LITTLER is very closely connected with the history of
this city during the latter part of the fifties, and from that time till
he left here to make his home in Chicago. He came here [Davenport IA] from
Cincinnati about the year 1854, and soon obtained a position in the
offices of BURROWS & PRETTYMAN, at the time the firm was doing the largest
business in the state of Iowa in grain and general merchandising. He was
bookkeeper for the firm for a number of years, and stood very high in the
estimation of his employers, being given charge, at one time, of one of
the branches which were conducted by the firm in smaller towns surrounding
this city [Davenport].
The duties which he performed as bookkeeper did not so fully occupy his
time and energies but that he was able to take an active interest in other
affairs as well. Early after his arrival he recognized the helplessness of
the city in case of a conflagration, or even when there was a fire of any
kind, and one of the first things that he did was to promote the
organization of a fire department for the city on a better basis than a
bucket brigade. He went into it, body, soul and mind, as he did into
everything else that he became connected with, and the result was the
organization of four fire companies, two of which were engine companies,
one a hose company, and the fourth a hook and ladder company. He worked
with the city fathers, and the result of his labors was the purchase of
the fire engines and the building of the city hall, which has but recently
been vacated. The rear end of the building was used as an engine house for
the department, and there was a big cistern in the alley, a part of the
system of cisterns which were put in to supply the water for the use of
the engines. There are a number of these cisterns scattered over the town,
and there are traces of some of them yet, that one at the city hall having
retained its original condition perhaps longer than any of them.
It is only within a few years that the city hall was remodeled and the old
fire department relics taken out of the building to make room for the
additional office room that was needed. It was the efforts of Col. LITTLER
that made the building possible. He worked up the sentiment of the people
to a point where the council felt justified in acting, and it is an
interesting fact that one of the members of the council at the time that
the building was erected is again in the council, after a lapse of 40
years. Geo. E. HUBBELL represented the Fifth Ward then as he does now, and
I. H. SEARS was another of those who voted for progressiveness in the
matter of fighting fire.
The engines which were used by the department at that time were of the
variety that are worked by hand, but they were great engines for those
days, and the firemen were a sturdy lot, each company having an ambition
to outdo the other in getting to a fire and in throwing a stream to the
greatest distance. Col. LITTLER was the first chief of the department, and
he kept the position by the vote of the members of the department for a
number of years.
There were other directions in which the energy and the patriotism of the
man made itself manifest. At the time of the Mormon outrages a wave of
indignation swept across the country, and one of the most energetic in
denunciation of the Mormons was Col. LITTLER. He was not a man of words
only, but of acts. He immediately organized a military company, and
tendered its services to the government to help suppress the Mormons. The
company was vigorously trained while awaiting orders to go to the front,
but the orders never came, for there were no funds available which could
be diverted to the payment of the expenses of the company, and it was
either disbanded or formed the nucleus of the militia company which the
colonel afterward organized. It was called the Sarsfield guards, and was
quite a crack company for the times.
This was shortly before the breaking out of the war. When the first call
for troops was made Gov. KIRKWOOD came to this city to get the telegram
from President LINCOLN. He found the people here already aroused and there
had been two companies already organized. One of these had been gotten
together by Bob LITTLER, as he was always known, and was made up, in part,
of his old “guards.” He was captain of the company. The other was headed
by Capt. Aug. WENTZ, after who the G.A.R. post here was named. Gov
KIRKWOOD immediately accepted the companies, issued the commissions (sic),
and arranged for the guaranteeing of the expenses till the legislature
should meet. This was on the 24th of April 1861. On the 20th of May the
companies were ordered to Keokuk, on their way to the front, LITTLER being
presented with a handsome sword by the members of the old Guard two days
later, his new company being Co. B. of the Second Iowa Infantry.
The 2nd Iowa infantry saw severe service in the war, after it had gone to
the front. Col. LITTLER was in some of the hardest fighting, and earned
the title of Major. At Shiloh he received the wound which resulted in the
loss of his arm. The ball shattered the arm badly and it was taken off;
first near the elbow, and afterward, for lack of proper care at the start,
other amputations were necessary, till he had but the stump at the
shoulder left. He always attributed his escape from death by reason of the
wound to the careful nursing of the woman he afterward married. When she
learned of his condition she went from this city [Davenport] to the
hospital where he had been sent, and stayed until he was able to come
The loss of an arm did not end the usefulness of Col. LITTLER to the
government, and he was given responsible duties at Camp McClellan as long
as it was used as a rendezvous for recruits. April 11, 1865, he was
further honored with the title of brevet lieutenant colonel, and was
afterwards mustered out.
Col. LITTLER had been connected with the old Davenport Gazette, more or
less, before the war. He always liked the newspaper business, and was
never more at home than in a newspaper office, or among newspaper men. His
abilities in the line of news getting gave him the city editorship of the
Gazette, and he held it for a number of years. His first wife had died in
the meantime, and about the year 1870, or perhaps a little before, he was
married again to the wife who survives him. He moved to the country,
purchased a farm, and with the same old energy he started in to make a
successful tiller of the soil. He devoted much attention to poultry and
dairy products, read much, worked hard an mixed with others interested in
the same lines. He was instrumental in organizing societies, both local
and state, for the advancement of the interests of poultry raisers and
dairymen and was for a number of years the head and front of the Iowa
society, as he afterwards was of the national society. He was instrumental
more than any other one man, in securing both state and national
legislation against bogus butter. He combatted its sale as genuine butter
with all of the force of which he was possessed, and he accomplished what
he set out to do before he stopped.
The connection of Col. LITTLER with these various societies, and his
natural abilities,, had made him the best posted man in the country on the
subjects with which he had to do. He was recognized as an authority, and
it was this recognition of this fitness which caused him to be called to
the secretaryship of the Chicago Produce exchange. This was over ten years
ago, and he moved, with his family, to that city to take up the duties of
the position, being still allowed to retain his secretaryship of the
National Butter, Cheese and Egg association, which he has held for the
past 14 or 15 years. So competent was he in the position that he has
continued to hold it ever since his eyesight was lost, about four years
ago, the members of the Exchange refusing to permit him to resign or say
his days of usefulness were over.
The work of the office has been under his close supervision, and
accomplished through the able assistance of his son and daughter, who have
been in the office with him.
The illness which finally brought this active life to a close, was of nine
months duration. He fought it as he had fought all his life’s battles -
with all the strength of a resolute purpose and an almost indestructible
physical vitality, but finally succumbed to the inevitable.
Col. LITTLER was born at Winchester, Va. He was of Irish descent, at least
on his mother’s side, she having returned to Ireland during or after the
war to take charge of an estate which descended to her, and having finally
died there. Mrs. LITTLER survived with several children, and while they
mourn deeply the loss of husband and father, there are thousands of others
who mourn with them, for they too have lost, as friends, one of the most
genial and warm hearted men that the sun ever shone upon - a man of
unswerving devotion to friend or cause, generous to a fault, ready at all
time to uphold a right or oppose a wrong.
The body will be brought to this city [Davenport] for interment, the time
and place of holding the funeral to be announced hereafter.
Tonight, at Turner hall, a meeting is to be held, to which the old time
firemen and veterans are invited, as well as old friends, that there may
be arranged a suitable expression of the respect and love that is felt for
him here where so much of his active life was spent.
The Davenport Democrat
January 26, 1897, Page 1
A FORMER DAVENPORTER.
COL. ROBERT M. LITTLER DIED IN CHICAGO SUNDAY.
Col. Robert M[cCandless]. LITTLER, one of the best known of the early
settlers of Davenport, died at his Chicago home Sunday noon. Like so many
of the early settlers he came to this city [Davenport] from Cincinnati,
1854 being the year that he arrived in Davenport. He was first employed by
the firm of BURROWS & PRETTYMAN, which did the largest business in the
state in the general grocery line and in grain.
An organizer of Davenports first effective fire department Col. LITTLER
has the right to be called on the city’s greatest benefactors. This was
done while Col. LITTLER was still in the employ of BURROWS & PRETTYMAN.
The old bucket brigade was in vogue when he came here, but under his
leadership four fire brigades were organized, two of which were engine
companies, one a hose company and the other a hook and ladder company.
Traces of this work of Col. LITTLER are still to be found around the city.
Col. LITTLER was the first chief of the fire department, and it attained
great efficiency under him.
Col. LITTLER was not only a fire fighter, but he was any kind of a fighter
the occasion happened to demand. At the time of the Mormon outrages, when
it was thought that the force of arms would be necessary to put down the
followers of [Joseph] SMITH, Col. LITTLER was fearless in his denunciation
of Mormonism and organized a military company to aid in the suppression of
the Latter Day Saints. It was called the Sarsfield company and though it
was never called to act it was vigorously trained and was a model company
in all respects.
When the first call for troops came at the outbreak of the civil war Capt.
LITTLER, as he was then called, organized a company from his old guards.
Capt. August WENTZ was the organizer and captain of the other, and their
companies accepted by the old war governor, Samuel KIRKWOOD. At the battle
of Shiloh Capt. LITTLER was made a major and it was here that his arm was
shattered, the wound making amputation necessary. After the loss of his
arm he was moved to Camp McClellan, where he continued his military duties
to the end of the war.
For a number of years after the ware Col. LITTLER was the city editor of
the old Gazette and was one of the most popular newspaper men in
Davenport. Shortly after the war his first wife died and in 1870 he was
married again, his second wife surviving him. About this time he moved
into the country, where he kept a model farm and became one of the best
informed men on agricultural topics in the whole country. He was called to
the secretaryship of the Chicago produce exchange some years ago and at
that time changed his place of residence to Chicago where he has since
At Turner hall last evening a largely attended meeting of citizens,
volunteer firemen and veteran members of the G. A. R. was held and
arrangements made for the funeral. The following committees were appointed
to meet the body when it arrives on Thursday morning:
Citizens - J. P. Van PATTEN, F. H. GRIGGS, Henry LISEHER, T. W. McCLELLAND,
J. J. RICHARDSON.
Veterans - Gen. Add. H. SANDERS, Frank KESSLER, P. W. McMANUS, F. W.
SMITH, O. M. EVANS.
Fireman - Chris MUELLER, Marsh NOE, J. B. SCHMIDT, Henry KURMEISER,
William O. SCHMIDT.
Active and honorary pall bearers were appointed as follows:
Active - Warren TELLE, J. F. HALLIGAN, Frank KESSLER, Henry KARWATH, H.
STRATHMAN, H. KURMEIER.
Honorary - J. J. RICHARDSON, E. W. BRADY, Gen. Add. H. SANDERS, Col. A. L.
MITCHELL, Christ. MUELLER, Henry KLINDT.
John B. SCHMIDT and O. M. EVANS were appointed to arrange a place for the
funeral services and Frank KESSLER to take change of other arrangements.
The Chicago Tribune
Tuesday, January 26, 1897
Veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars and Widely Known Railway Man and
Col. R. M. LITTLER died at his home, No. 751 Walnut street [Chicago], on
Sunday, after a long and painful illness. He leaves a widow, three sons,
and a daughter. His fatal illness was a complication of kidney and stomach
troubles. His remains will be taken to Davenport, Ia., for burial.
Col. LITTLER was born in Winchester, Va., in 1834. When 21 years of age he
located at Cincinnati, O[hio]., and was engaged as a machinist. He was
identified with the fire department of his adopted city [Cincinnati] and
served as foreman of the first engine company organized under the present
system. Moving to Davenport, Ia., he become connected with the Chicago and
Rock Island railroad and helped to build that road from Davenport to Iowa
City. later he served as one of the editors of the Davenport Gazette.
In 1884 he came to Chicago as Secretary of the Produce Exchange, which
position he retained until last May, when blindness compelled him to
resign. He served in the Mexican and civil wars. In the late war he raised
Company B of the Second Iowa Regiment and was promoted to the rank of
NOTE: Col. LITTLER was interred beside his wife Martha A. (NELSON) LANGDON
LITTLER (1835/36-1873) at Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.