Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 641
J. CALHOUN, wagon-maker and Justice of the Peace, Conesville; born July 25, 1842, in Louisa Co., Iowa; learned his trade in Columbus City. Enlisted in his country's service July 13, 1861, in Co. C, of the 5th I. V. C.; was promoted to First Sergeant; re-enlisted as a veteran in Co. G, of the 5th I. V. C; in January, 1864; was subsequently promoted as Quartermaster; was also, as a reward for bravery, presented with a very fine sword by his company, costing $130, with the name of the battles in which he ws engaged---New Madrid, Corinth, Iuka, Corinth (2d), Jackson, Champion Hill, siege of Vicksburg, Mission Ridge, Duck River, Nashville, Pulaski, Elyton, Ebenezer Church, Selma, Montgomery, Columbus, West Point and Macon. He was one of two color-bearers at tha battle of Iuka who escaped out of nine; was remarkably fortunate, having never been sick a day while in the service; was mustered out in August, 1865. Returned to Columbus City and followed his trade till in 1867, came to Conesville and established his present business; was elected the first Mayor of the town, and is present Justice of the Peace. Married Miss Susan Stillwell, of this county, March 27, 1867; she was born Dec. 15, 1845 in Coshocton Co., Ohio; have four children living--- Cora, Lucinda J., Albert and Arthur; lost one---Miriam. Mr. C. is a member of the Masonic Orderr, belonging to Columbus City Lodge, No. 107. Republican.
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