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RINGGOLD COUNTY, IOWA
and THE MEXICAN WAR

From The Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in Miscellaneous Organizations

The area which would later become Texas had been considered by the Spanish conquerors of Mexico as a great wasteland and remained unpopulated, considering it as a buffer zone against the American settlements of Louisiana. Upon Mexico gaining independence from Spain in 1821, the newly formed republic invited colonization of the area of Texas by giving a large land gront to Moses AUSTIN of Connecticut with the condition that he would establish a colony of 300 American families. Moses' son Stephen AUSTIN confirmed this grant and enlarged the colonization to 500 American families. By 1823, the American colonization overshadowed the Mexican population in Texas.

The American Texans, comprising mostly of immigrants from the southern states with the majority coming from Tennessee, soon achieved a stat of semi-independence which grew into an armed revolt against the parent Republic of Mexico in 1835. The Texans were led by Sam HOUSTIN, ex-congressman and ex-governor of Tennessee. Any chance of reconciliation was lost when General Antonio Lopez de SANTA ANNA (1794-1876) and 8,000 Mexicans under his command defeated and slaughtered the Texans at the Alamo. Although the bloody battle lasted for little more than an hour, it was an event which would forever alter history.

Among the slain at the Alamo was Colonel David CROCKETT of Tennessee and sixteen of his "Tennessee Boys" who volunteered to defend the post at San Antonio. A legend in his own time, Col. CROCKETT was highly regarded by the Americans as a favorite son. A man who, although grossly undereducated, earned a seat in the United States Senate. After losing his Senate seat, Col. CROCKET was allegedly to say, "You can all go to hell. I'm going to Texas."

Colonel Jim BOWIE, considered to be the most dangerous man alive at the time, was like Davey CROCKETT, an aging legend. Col. BOWIE was in command of the Alamo at the beginning of the Mexican siege, but an injury two days into the ensuing battle which was compounded by a chronic illness, forced Col. BOWIE to retire to his sick bed where he spent the last eleven days of the thirteen-day siege.

William Barret TRAVIS assumed command of the Alamo when Jim BOWIE retired to his sick bed. TRAVIS, a twenty-six-year-old cavalry Colonel from South Carolina, held off SANTA ANNA with his command of 187 volunteers, comprising of a handful of professional soldiers and a majority of Mexican and American farmers who settled in and around San Antonio.

On the last day of the siege, Col. TRAVIS knew the end was near. Drawing a line in the soil before him with the tip of his sword, Col. TRAVIS faced his men and said, "Those of you prepared to give their lives in freedom's cause, come over to me."

All but one man answered Col. TRAVIS' call. Even the ailing Jim BOWIE asked that his cot be carried across the line.

In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, March 6th, 1836, SANTA ANNA'S army began scaling the high stone walls of the Alamo. Col. TRAVIS was one of the first to die in the defense of independence. Jim BOWIE was murdered as he lay in his sick bed. Davey CROCKETT lay with with all of the other men. There were no survivors but during the pre-dawn hours of March 6th, these men took their rightful place as some of the most courageous freedom fighters in the annals of American history.

Fueled with anger and resentment, the Americans embraced the motto "Remember the Alamo!" The Alamo was avenged in April of 1836 when General Sam HOUSTON's small army defeated and nearly annihilated SANTA ANNA'S men at San Jacinto.

Samuel B. RINGGOLD (1796-1946), a son of Samuel RINGGOLD who was a U.S. Congressman from Maryland and the younger brother of Rear Admiral Cadwallader RINGGOLD, graduated 5th in a class of 23 at West Point. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery and seved on the staff of General Winfield SCOTT. RINGGOLD adapted what was known as the Ringgold military saddle and artillery techniques, re-writing the Army's manuel for artillery which was adapted by the Army as "Instructions for Field Artillery" on March 6, 1845. Consequently, RINGGOLD was promoted to the rank of major in acknowledgement of his military innovations.

Major RINGGOLD, serving under General Zachary TAYLOR's occupational force in Texas, led 2,400 troops to Fort Texas. On May 8, 1845 Major Ringgold and his men were engaged By Mexican General Mariano ARISTA and his force of 3,800 men at the Battle of Palo Alto. During the Battle Major RINGGOLD was mortally wounded by cannon fire, mangling his legs just below the crotch. Refusing to leave the field, Major RINGGOLD held on to his command as his flying artillery tactics won the battle for the Americans.

Major RINGGOLD survived three days, during which time he debriefed on the battle. He died in Port Isabel, Texas, May 11, 1846.

Major RINGGOLD's bravery was a boost to the military and the American morale throughout the Mexican War. He was commemorated by the 4th verse of Maryland, My Maryland, scores of songs, poems, and plays. Cities and counties were named in his honor, including Ringgold, the Catoosa County seat of Georgia; Ringgold, Louisana; Ringgold, Virginia; Ringgold Township in Pennsylvania; and, Ringgold County, Iowa.

MAJOR RINGGOLD WORTALLY WOUNDED
Courtesy of The Library of Congress

The Republic of Texas was founded with General HOUSTON as President. Almost immediately, the Texans sought annexation to the United States. On March 1, 1845, President TYLER gave his assent. Texas formally joined the Union on July 4th of 1845.

Naturally, Mexico wasn't about to grant her blessing.

With the endorsement of an Act of Congress on May 13, 1846, President POLK asked for the raising of eighty-six and a half regiments to serve in the Mexican War. The Territory of Iowa's quota under President POLK's requisition was one regiment of infantry. The Iowa Regiment composed of ten companies was organized at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, and ready for service by June 26, 1846. Only one company from Iowa engaged the Mexican Army in an actual conflict, Company K of the U.S. 15th Infantry Regiment, which was victorious at the Battle of Cerro Gordo, April of 1847. 40% of Company K was lost during combat and to disease. At the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Major Frederick Mills and Captain Edwin Guthrie were killed.

The Treaty of Guadalupe, signed on February 2, 1848, ended the Mexican War. It is the oldest treaty still in force between American and Mexico.

In recognition of service during the War, over 14 million acres of Iowa land was granted to Mexican War Veterans.

Fort Atkison, pictured above, was built to protect the Winnebago Nation during their removal from Wisconsin, and was completed in the summer of 1842. Fort Atkinson. Located in Winneshiek County, Iowa, Fort Atkinson was abandoned February 14, 1849.

CAPTAIN JAMES M. MORGAN'S INDEPENDENT COMPANY
OF IOWA INFANTRY VOLUNTEERS

Reorganized July 15, 1847 as Morgan's Company of Mounted Volunteers

* Died in service

SOLDIER'S NAME RESIDENCE ** NATIVITY COMMENTS
MORGAN,
James McGowan
age 42
Captain
Burlington IA Ohio mustered out
13 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
died 06 Oct 1862
Burlington IA
McKENNY,
John Harrison
age 32
1st Lieutenant
Burlington IA Pennsylvania
mustered out
13 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
Died 23 May 1878
Chatfield MN
WILSON,
David Stokely
age 23
2nd Lieutenant
Dubuque IA Ohio
mustered out
13 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
Died 01 Apr 1881
Dubuque IA
GREENOUGH, Sylvester
age 35
1st Sergeant
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
reduced to Pvt
31 Dec 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
BEESON,
Abaslom J.
age 25
2nd Sergeant
Iowa City IA unknown enlisted
09 Jul 1846
disability discharge
31 Mar 1848
ROWELL,
Walter Pollard
age 31
3rd Sergeant
Burlington IA New Hampshire enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 1st Sgt
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
STEPHENS,
James F.
age 21
4th Sergeant
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
MONTGOMERY, John
age 20
1st Sergeant
Nauvoo IL unknown died 06 Nov 1846
Ft. Atkinson
injuries from thrown from horse
ANDERSON, William
age 36
2nd Corporal
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
DOLLARHIDE, W. S.
age 20
3rd Corporal
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 2nd Sgt
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
GROVE, A. Warner
age 21
4th Corporal
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
TIMMONS,
Andrew J.
age 43
Musician
Dubuque IA Ohio enlisted
08 Jul 1846
ELDER, Charles
age 18
Musician
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul1847
ADAMS, John J.
age 36
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
AXTELL, Silas H.
age 31
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
BARNES,
George W.
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
BARR, Edward
age 18
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 2nd Cpl
BEARD, Oliver
age 36
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
BLAIR, Enos F. M.
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
BRAINERD, Antonie
age 43
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
BRINKMAN, John
age 25
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Akinson
BRINSMADE,
John W.
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
BROOME, James I.
Private
Dubuque IA unknown enlisted
11 Jul 1846
disability discharge
15 Oct 1846
Ft. Atkinson
BUCK, Francis W.
age 20
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
09 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
BURKE, James R.
age 20
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
CADWALLADER, John
age 24
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
CARPENTER,
John B.
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
CLEMMONS,
Josiah M.
age 27
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
promoted 2nd Cpl
01 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
COX, Thomas, Jr.
age 22
Private
Burlington IA unknown promoted 1st Cpl
01 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
CRAM, Alexander G.
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
DAILY, David
age 21
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
DWYER, William R.
age 25
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
deserted
01 Sep 1846
Ft. Atkinson
FAIRBANKS, H. G.
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
FALCONER, Alexander
age 39
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
FLEETWOOD, Hiram P.
age 20
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
FLINN, Joshua H.
age 25
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
FRAZIER, David
age 34
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
FRY, Martial
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GALLAHER,
John L. F.
age 27
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GALLIHER, Silas
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GALYEAN,
William A.
age 20
Private
Dubuque IA unknown enlisted
11 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GEHON, Jeremiah
age 20
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GORDON,
Erastus C.
age 22
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
25 May 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GRAVES, John M.
age 18
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
GROESBECK, Henry
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HAMLIN, Charles P.
age 19
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HARLISS, H. H.
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HARRIS, Phineas
age 18
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HATCH, George F.
age 19
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
31 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HATCH, N. W.
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
17 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HESS, George W.
age 32
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
promoted 4th Cpl
01 Apr 1848
only NCO who had not belonged to Morgan's Infantry Co.
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HILYARD, Thomas
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
10 Jun 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HOFFMAN, William
age 36
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
HUGHES, John
age 24
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
HUKILL, Edwin
age 24
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
HUME, John H.
age 23
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 4th Sgt
01 Apr 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
HUMPHREYS, George
age 25
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
IVES, Joseph Curtis
age 21
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
IVES, Nelson Marks
age 29
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
JAGGER, Hurlbut
age 20
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
JONES, William
age 30
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
KENNEDY, Elisha J.
age 37
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
01 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
KIMBALL, Ichabod
age 32
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LANE, Thomas B.
age 30
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LEAHR, Charles
age 23
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
LEGION, Herman
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LINES, Jesse
age 20
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
LIVERMORE, Alonzo
age 25
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LOPER, Daniel
age 21
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LOPER, William
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LOWE, Jesse
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
LUMLEY, John
age 19
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
* MADDEN, Joseph
age 19
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
killed 05 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson IA
accidental blowing up of a small magazine
MARTIN John C.
age 20
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 3rd Cpl
01 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
McCORMICK,
Ellis C.
age 27
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
McCRANEY, William
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
14 Feb 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
McKINLEY, Albert S.
age 17
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
10 Jun 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
McNEILL, S. P.
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
26 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
MELOSKY, Lewis
age 50
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1846
disability discharge
30 Apr 1848
MITCHELL, Samuel
age 19
Bugler
unknown unknown enlisted
09 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
MURRAY, Richard
age 33
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1846
discharged
02 Oct 1846
MYERS, Christian
age 27
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
OLIVER, Isaac
age 21
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
OLSON, Peter
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
* OWENS, Titus
age 21
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
died 29 Oct 1847
Ft. Atkinson
PALMER,
Stephen J.
age 20
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
PARSON, James
age 23
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
PATTERSON, Henry
age 31
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
01 Feb 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
PATTERSON, Joseph
age 42
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
11 Jul 1846
disability discharge
30 Apr 1848
PATTERSON, M. T.
age 19
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
21 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
PATTERSON, Nicholas
age 34
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
11 Jul 1846
dishonorable discharge
13 Jan 1847
Ft. Atkinson
PURCELL, Alfred E.
age 21
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 4th Cpl
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
REED, William E.
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
10 Jun 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
REILLY, Michael
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
discharged
01 Jan 1848
RICORD, Elisha
age 27
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
09 Jul 1846
discharged
01 Jan 1848
RIGGS, Ashley C.
age 19
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
21 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
ROBBINS, Gilbert
age 29
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
RORER, Daniel
age 18
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
ROTH, Joseph
age 32
Bugler
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
01 Apr 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
RYAN, John H.
age 37
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
11 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
SALTER, Horace
age 24
Farrier
unknown unknown enlisted
01 Feb 1848
previously served With Col. DONINHAM, Battle of Sacramento, Mexican War
musterd out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SAMOS, Jesse
age 21
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
SANGSTER, Ebenezer
age 23
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
09 Jul 1846
discharged
01 Jan 1848
SEAMANS, Thaddeus
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
21 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SHAFF, John I.
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SHAVER, Philip E.
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
21 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SHEFFIELD, Curtis
age 34
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
disability discharge
15 Oct 1846
Ft. Atkinson
SLEETH, Morello W.
age 22
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SLIDELL, John M.
age 21
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SMITH, James H.
age 19
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
SMITH, John W.
age 23
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
SMITH, William P.
age 22
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
SNYDER, William
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
21 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
SPERRY, Mortimer
age 22
Private
Ft. Atkinson IA unknown enlisted
01 Jan 1848
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
TENCH, Peter
age 31
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
TIMMONS,
Andrew A.
age 44
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
disability discharge
30 Apr 1848
* TOPP, William
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
drowned 10 Jul 1846
Mississippi River
fell from steamer "Belmont" enrotue to Ft. Atkinson
TRAER, William M.
age 23
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
TULLY, John
age 35
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
VINCENT, William
age 21
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
TENCH, Peter
age 31
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WALLING, Albert G.
age 21
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
WAREHAM, Conrad
age 25
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WASSON, Hiram G.
age 24
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WEBB, John C.
age 29
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
promoted 1st Cpl
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WEISGARHER, George W. C.
age 26
Private
Ft. Atkinson unknown enlisted
15 Jul 1847
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WELLS, Martin C.
age 22
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
WILLIAMS, Calvin P.
age 28
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WILLIAMS,
Francis E.
age 21
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
WILLIAMS, Isaiah
age 44
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
15 Jul 1847
Ft. Atkinson
WILLIAMS, Isaiah H.
age 18
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WRIGHT, Thomas
age 22
Private
Dubuque IA unknown enlisted
11 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson
WRIGHTMAN,
Henry P.
age 19
Private
unknown unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
deserted 16 Oct 1846
Ft. Atkinson
YOUNG, James
age 26
Private
Dubuque IA unknown enlisted
08 Jul 1846
mustered out
11 Sep 1848
Ft. Atkinson

 

CAPTAIN EDWIN GUTHRIE'S COMPANY K
15th U.S. INFANTRY

NOTE: Company K was conveyed from Fort Madison, Iowa, to New Orleans by steamer, and from there by ocean steamer to Vera Cruz. From the first day Company K landed in Mexico to the end of the War, this company along with its regiment was constantly engaged in active service, participating in numerous battles and skirmishes. Company K suffered 40% losses either through battle or disease. Practically all of Company K's officers received both special mention and brevet promotions for gallant and meritorious conduct on the battlefield.

* Edwin GUTHRIE, Captain, born December 11, 1806 at Smyrna, New York; moved to Iowa circa 1840 and was Warden of the Penitentiary at Fort Madison from 1843-1845; residence Fort Madison, Iowa; commissioned by President James K. POLK on March 8, 1847, assigned to Company K, 15th U.S. Infantry on April 9, 1847; wounded at skirmish Lahoya Pass, on the road between Vera Cruz and Perote on June 20, 1847; died at Perote, Mexico on July 20, 1847. Guthrie County, Iowa, was named in honor of Captain GUTHRIE.

* Died in service

SOLDIER'S NAME RESIDENCE ** NATIVITY COMMENTS
BOWIE, George Washington
1st Lieutenant
Burlington IA Maryland enlisted
08 Mar 1847
Brevet Major at Contreras & Churubusco
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
Died 18 Mar 1882
BENNETT, John R.
2nd Lieutenant
Muscatine IA Maryland enlisted
08 Mar 1847
Brevet Lt. at Churubusco
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
BECKETT,
Francis O.
2nd Lieutenant
Burlington IA Maine enlisted
08 Mar 1847
Brevet Lt. at Contreras & Churubusco
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
FRENCH, Daniel
Lieutenant
Muscatine IA Ohio enlisted
09 Apr 1847
promoted 1st Lt.
20 Aug 1847
WRIGHT, Abel W.
2nd Lieutenant
Wisconsin Connecticut enlisted
08 Mar 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* VROOMAN,
Henry E.
1st Sergeant
Fort Madison IA Maryland enlisted
06 Apr 1847
died 05 Sep 1847
of disease
Puebla Hospital
Mexico
HUDSON, Walter W.
2nd Sergeant
Burington IA Kentucky enlisted
12 Apr 1847
died 07 Apr 1850
Ft. McIntosh TX
from wounds in skirmish with Indians
ABERCROMBIE, John C.
3rd Sergeant
Burlington IA Pennsylvania enlisted
07 Apr 1847
became totally blind in 1869
BRYDOLF, Fabrian
4th Sergeant
Burlington IA Sweden enlisted
08 Mar 1847
Civil War Capt
Co. I 6th IA Infantry
lost right arm
06 Apr 1862
Battle of Shiloh
died 26 Jan 1897
Burlington IA
GRIFFITHS,
Isaac W.
1st Corporal
Muscatine IA Maryland enlisted
01 May 1847
disability discharge
20 Aug 1847
lost right arm
Churubusco
died 10 Jan 1897
Des Moines IA
CALDWELL, Alexander
2nd Corporal
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
03 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
MOYES, John
3rd Corporal
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
06 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
TAYLOR, Isaiah B.
4th Corporal
Muscatine IA Maryland enlisted
03 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* ANDERSON, Henry B.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
17 Apr 1847
died of disease
09 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
BARBER, Jesse B.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
BENNETT, Daniel
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
17 Apr 1847
discharged
17 Jan 1848
Puebla Mexico
BENTON, William
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
06 Apr 1847
disability discharge
17 Aug 1848
New Orleans LA
BERRY, Peter A.
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
24 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
BIRD, Samuel
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* BIXBY, Warren W.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
01 May 1847
died 22 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
* BLAIR, Allen
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
14 Apr 1847
died 13 Jul 1847
Puebla Mexico
* BIGGS, George W.
Private
Keosauqua IA New York enlisted
12 Apr 1847
died 08 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
BRINGHAM, Isaiah
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
23 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* BROWN, Nathan
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
14 Apr 1847
died 03 Sep 1847
Perote Mexico
* BRUNER, Daniel
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
20 Apr 1847
died 08 Aug 1847
Perote Mexico
* BUSART, Peter B.
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
17 Apr 1847
died 03 Sep 1847
Perote Mexico
* BUTLER, John
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
07 Apr 1847
died 03 Aug 1847
Perote Mexico
* CARLEY, Samuel
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
22 Apr 1847
died 01 Nov 1847
Mexico City Mexico
CARMAN,
Stephen H.
Private
Galena ILL/font> unknown enlisted
21 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* CASADY, David
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
24 Apr 1847
died 26 Oct 1847
hospital at
Chapultepc Mexico
CAVE, Oscar
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
28 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* CAVERN,
Andrew J.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
16 Apr 1847
died 01 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
* CHAMBERS, James W.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
23 Apr 1847
died 29 Jul 1847
Vera Cruz Mexico
CHRISTIAN, James
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
sickness discharge
02 Jun 1847
Vera Cruz Mexico
* CLARK, Swein
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
13 Apr 1847
died 23 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
COOPER,
Stephen S.
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* COURTNEY, Thomas
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
23 Apr 1847
died 02 Aug 1847
Perote Mexico
* COX, James L.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
23 Apr 1847
died 31 Jul 1847
Perote Mexico
CRESSWELL,
John M.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
23 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* CROWDER,
Daniel W.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
21 Apr 1847
killed 10 Sep 1847
by cannon shot while on picket guard
Pledad Mexico
CUTLER, Edwin R.
Private
Keosauqua IA Massachussets enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
froze to death 1852 when flat-boat was frozen in Columbia River, OR
brother of Elisha CUTLER, 1st Secy of State of Iowa
DAVIS, Charles D.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
DERRICK, Edmund
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
dissmissed by order of General Court-Martial
12 Apr 1848
* DOUGLASS, James
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
13 Apr 1847
died 22 Dec 1847
Castle Chappellain Mexico
DOUGLASS, Robert
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
15 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
DRAKE, James
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
01 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
youngest in Co.
* DRUREY,
Stewart W.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
died 13 Aug 1847
New Orleans LA
DYER, George W.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
24 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* ELKINS, Aristiades
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
died 14 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
* ELLIS, Edward
Private
Keosauqua IA Davis Co. IA enlisted
24 Apr 1847
died 20 Oct 1847
Mexico City
FAULKNER, Isaac
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
15 Apr 1847
arrested as deserter
02 May 1847
Jefferson Barracks
FINCH, James
Private
Galena ILL unknown enlisted
21 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* FISHER, Thomas
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
22 Apr 1847
died 07 Oct 1847
Mexico City
* FOULTON, Samuel
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
06 Apr 1847
died 13 Jul 1848
aboard steamer
"Northers Light"
* FOURGERTY, Thomas
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
died 17 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
FREEMAN,
James H.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
disability discharge
04 Feb 1848
GANNON,
Thomas L.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
02 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* GIBBS, George G.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
14 Apr 1847
died of wounds
06 Jun 1847
enroute from Vera Cruz in skirmish
GILLESPIE, Elijah
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
20 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* GLOVER, James
Private
Res: Pittsburg IA Ohio enlisted
14 Apr 1847
died 24 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
GRAY, George A.
Private
Res: Marion
Linn Co. IA
Pennsylvania enlisted
25 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
Civil War Capt.
Co. H 20th IA Infantry
GRIGSBY, George
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
03 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
GROOM, Hosea W.
Private
Res: Van Buren Co. IA Ohio enlisted
15 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
died 1893
Des Moines IA
* HAFT, John
Private
Baton Rouge LA unknown enlisted
13 Apr 1847
died 28 Jul 1848
Covington KY
* HAMPTON, William B.
Private
Res: Ivanhoe
Linn Co. IA
unknown enlisted
25 Apr 1847
died 13 Nov 1847
Puebla Mexico
* HANES, Philip J.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
01 May 1847
died 24 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
HENNESS, James
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* HOAG, Stepehn
Private
Res: Davis Co. IA unknown enlisted
21 Apr 1847
died in Mexico
HOGAN, Jacob
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
27 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
HOWARD, John
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
14 Apr 1847
sickness discharge
28 Jul 1848
* HUNT, William
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
27 Apr 1847
died 22 Jun 1847
Vera Cruz Mexico
JEWETT,
Henry McC.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
03 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
JOHNSON,
London S.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* JONES, Lewis W.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
died 29 Sep 1847
KENOYER, David
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
20 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
LANE, Josiah
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
16 Apr 1847
sent to Vera Cruz hospital
11 Jun 1847
* LEVITT, John
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
15 Apr 1847
died 25 Aug 1847
Puebla Mexico
* LITTON, William
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
died 11 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
LLOYD, Daniel
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
disability discharge
04 Feb 1848
LOGAN, John
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* LONG, Charles
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
10 Apr 1847
reported in list of deaths
MAGEE, James T.
Private
Burlington IA unknown enlisted
16 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
McKEAN, Thomas J.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
promoted Sgt Maj
10 May 1847
mustered out
07 Aug 1848
Covington KY
Civil War Brigadier General U.S. Volunteers
died 19 Apr 1870
Marion, Linn Co. IA
MILLINGTON, Seth
Private
Kesosauqua IA unknown enlisted
15 Apr 1847
severely wounded
Battle of Chapultepec
13 Sep 1847
disability discharge
14 Jan 1848
* MONTFORT,
Henry M.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
24 Apr 1847
died 29 Oct 1847
Mexico City hospital
* MOORE, Philip S.
Musician
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
22 Apr 1847
died 04 Jul 1848
on passage from Vera Cruz to New Orleans
MOORE, William
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
MUNSELL, Lafayette
Private
Galena IL unknown enlisted
21 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
NORRIS, Gushorn C.
Private
For Madison IA unknown enlisted
06 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
NORTON, Grosvenor
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
PARR, Eli
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* PERRY,
Humphrey B.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
died 25 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
* PERRY, John
Private
Res: Kilbourne
Van Buren Co
unknown enlisted
24 Apr 1847
died 27 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
PETTYJOHN, Joseph J.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
13 Apr 1847
disability discharge
30 Nov 1847
POWELL,
David Cook
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
24 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
POWELL,
William Cook
Private
Keosquauq IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* REED, William
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
10 Apr 1847
K.I.A. 20 Aug 1847
Battle of Churubusco Mexico
* REYNOLDS,
Milton E.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
27 Apr 1847
died 10 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
* RHOADES,
Jacob Jr.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
died 11 Sep 1847
* RHODES, James
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
21 Apr 1847
died 02 Oct 1847
Puebla Mexico
* ROBERTS,
John W.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
26 Apr 1847
K.I.A. 20 Aug 1847
Battle of Churubusco Mexico
* ROGERS,
Thomas W.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
17 Apr 1847
died 18 Aug 1847
Puebla Mexico
SAUSMAN,
Andrew R.
Private
Res: Marion IA unknown enlisted
25 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* SCHUYLER, John
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
02 Apr 1847
listed in report of deaths
SHANG, Bennett S.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
SNYDER, John R.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
09 Apr 1847
deserted
22 Nov 1847
New Orleans LA hospital
* SPAIN, Samuel E.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
19 Apr 1847
died 29 Nov 1847
Chapultepec Mexico
* SPARKS, Theodore B.
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
10 Apr 1847
25 Sep 1847
Puebla Mexico
* SPRAGUE, Nathaniel
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
01 Apr 1847
hospitalized Puebla
later died
STANLEY, William
Private
Res: Linn Co. IA unknown enlisted
09 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* STEVENS, Harlon
Private
aged circa 65
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
13 Apr 1847
died 30 Aug 1847
Puebla Mexico
* STONE, Egbert
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
23 Apr 1847
died 15 May 1848
Cuernavaca Mexico
* STOY, Henry W.
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
17 Apr 1847
K.I.A. 13 Sep 1848
Battle of Chapultepec
Mexico
SUMMERLIN, Rufus
Private
Keosauqua IA unknown enlisted
12 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
SWINHART, Lewis
Private
Bloomington IA Pennsylvania-German enlisted
21 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
THOMPSON, Samuel D.
Private
Res: Marion
Linn Co. IA
Rockport IN enlisted
25 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
in charge of Col. Morgan's wagon
Civil War Pvt
3rd IA Lt. Artillery
WAGONER, William
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
15 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
WALKER, West
Private
Fort Madison IA unknown enlisted
03 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
WHITE, Thomas C.
Private
Bloomington IA unknown enlisted
15 Apr 1847
mustered out
04 Aug 1848
Covington KY
* WOODBRIDGE, William H. "Democ"
Private
Keosauqua IA Connecticut enlisted
25 Apr 1847
died 07 Jul 1847
Vera Cruz Mexico

** Residence for Privates is where the soldier enlisted unless otherwise noted.

OTHER IOWANS SERVING DURING THE MEXICAN WAR

  • BROSS, Stephen Decatur of Andrew, Iowa. enlisted 01 Jun 1846, St. Louis, MO with Captain HUDSON's Independent Company of Riflemen [Laclede Rangers]; participated in DONIPHAN'S expedition to Mexico; mustered out with the Company 24 Jun 1847.

  • BROWN, J. J. of Fort Madison, Iowa; enlisted 1846 Co. F, 1st U.S. Infantry, Mexican War.

  • GRFFIN, Ira of Andrew, Iowa, aged 23; enlisted 12 Mar 1847 with Co. I, 1st U. S. Infantry; honorable discharge 01 Dec 1847.

  • GRIFFIN, Sylvester of Andrew, Iowa; enlisted 27 Nov 1847 with 14th U. S. Infantry; honorable discharge 28 Jul 1848; enlisted at age 61 on 19 Oct 1861 with Co. K, 12th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War; severely wounded 06 Apr 1862 at Battle of Shiloh; died from wounds 26 May 1862.

  • HANCOCK, Henry of Andrew, Iowa; enlisted 12 Jun 1846 Co. A, Missouri Volunteers, Light Artillery Battalion; promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant; participated in DONIPHAN'S Expedition to Mexico, mustered out at expiration of term of enlistment.

  • JAMES, Thomas of Dubuque, Iowa; enlisted 12 Jun 1846 Co. A, Missouri Volunteers, Light Artillery Battalion; particiated in Battles in New Mexico under Colonel Sterling PRICE; mustered out at expiration of term of enlistment.
  • MARTIN, Anderson of LeClaire, Iowa; enlisted 30 Sep 1847 14th U. S. Infantry.

  • MARTIN, Benjamin of LeClaire, Iowa; enlisted 30 Sep 1847 15th U. S. Infantry; died 27 Jul 1848, New Orleans LA hospital.

  • * MILLS, Frederick D. of Burlington, Iowa; a Yale graduate and a lawyer; commissioned by President POLK as a Major in the U. S. Army on 03 Mar 1847; assigned to the 15th Infantry; killed when leading a charge after General SANTA ANNA and the Mexican troops in the Battle of Cherubusco August 20, 1847; Mills County Iowa was named in his honor.

  • PICKLES, Samuel of Bellevue, Iowa; enlisted 06 Mar 1847 Co. 1, 1st U. S. Infantry; died at Vera Cruz, Mexico on 27 Jun 1847 of yellow fever.

  • ROBERTS, Benjamin Stone of Fort Madison, Iowa; commissioned by President POLK as 1st Lieutenant of the U. S. Army on 27 May 1846; assigned to the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen; served with distinction throughout the Mexican War, awared brevet rank of Major and Lietuentant Colonel; during the Civil War promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers; died 29 Jan 1870, Washington, D.C.

  • SALTER, Horace of Maquoketa, Iowa; enlisted 01 Jun 1846 at St. Louis, Missouri with Captain HUDSON'S Company [Laclede Rangers; participated in DONIPHAN'S Expedition to Mexico; discharged upon expiration of his term of enlistment.

  • SHUMAKE, Joseph W. of Andrew, Iowa; enlisted 06 Mar 1847 in Co. I, 1st U. S. Infantry; discharged upon expiration of his term of enlistment.

  • SMITH, Ira F. of LeClaire, Iowa; enlisted with the 14th U. S. Infantry, Mexican War.

  • SMITH, Madison J. of LeClaire, Iowa; enlisted 20 Sep 1847 14th U. S. Infantry, Mexican War.

    NOTE: DONIPHAN'S Expedition to Mexico was a military movement organized at Fort Leavenworth during the spring of 1846, known as the 1st Regiment of Missouri Mounted Volunteers which was lead by Colonel Alexander William DONIPHAN (1808-1887) to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe was taken on August 18, 1846, with no American casualties. Then, DONIPHAN'S forces, less then 1,000 men, invaded Mexico and defeated Mexican forces of 5,000 men at the Battle of Sacramento, located twelve miles of Chihuahua. DONIPHAN and his American forces returned to Missouri by way of New Orleans.

      SOURCE:  General Assembly under direction of Brig Gen. Guy E. LOGAN, Adjutant General of Iowa. "Early Military History of Iowa." Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in Miscellaneous Organizations of the Mexican War, Indian Campaigns, War of the Rebellion, and the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars Together with Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations. Vol VI, "Miscellaneous". Pp. 779-99, 803-24. ENGLISH, Emory H., State Printer; CHASSELL, E. D., State Binder. Des Moines. 1911.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Ringgold_(soldier)

      www.iptv.org/iowapathways/myPath.cfm?ounid=ob_000270

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Atkinson,_Iowa

    Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2009


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