Daily State Register
Des Moines, Iowa
Tuesday, 22, 1862
LIST 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 Shiloh TN
Pvt. William W. CLARK, 35 from Keokuk, K.I.A. April 6, 1862, Battle of Shiloh TN
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, severely
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, slightly
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].
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, slightly
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 Consolidated Battalion]
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 Consolidated Battalion]
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 stomach, slightly
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 Consolidated Battalion]
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 Consolidated Battalion]
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 Consolidated Battalion]
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 home.
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
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
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
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 lived.
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 Editor.
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
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 Colonel.
NOTE: Col. LITTLER was interred beside his wife Martha A. (NELSON) LANGDON LITTLER (1835/36-1873) at Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa.
Transcription and compilation by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009
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