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THE 3rd IOWA CAVALRY

The 3rd Iowa Cavalry was organized under President Abraham LINCOLN's proclamation dated July 23, 1861. The twelve preliminary companies of the 3rd were under the charge of Honorable Cyrus BUSSEY who was acting Aide-de-Camp to Governor Samuel J. KIRKWOOOD. Several of these partially organized companies had performed efficient service as the Southern Iowa Border Patrol. The twelve companies arrived from August 3rd to September 13th of 1861 with Keokuk, Iowa, as the designated rendezvous point. Captain Charles C. SMITH and Lieutenant Ira K. KNOX of the U.S. Army re-mustered the regiment into service between August 30 and September 14, 1861.

ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, also known at Battle of Elkhorn Taven, fought on March 7th and 8th, 1862 at Pea Ridge located near Bentonville in northwestern Arkansas. This was one of the few battles in which the Confederate forces outnumbered the Union Army. The battle was a Union victory which gave Union forces control of the State of Missouri.

  • Siege of Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, was the final military action in the Vicksburg Campaign. Afer two major assaults on May 19th and May 22nd, the seige began on May 25th of 1863. With no re-enforcement and supplies nearly exhausted, the garrison ultimately surrendered after a 40-day siege on July 4th. This, along with the capture of Port Hudson on July 9th, gave Union forces command of the Mississippi River, which was held throughout the remainder of the Civil War. As a result of this action, the city of Vicksburg refused to celebrate the 4th of July for the next 80 years.

    The 3rd Iowa Cavalry suffered the loss of 5 officers and 79 enlisted men who were either killed in action or who died of their wounds; and 4 officers and 230 enlisted men who died of disease; a total loss of 318 fatalities.

     

    ROSTER of the 3rd IOWA CAVALRY

    COMPANY F - RINGGOLD COUNTY SOLDIERS

    ROBISON, Andrew M., Captain. Age 29 from Fairfield, Iowa; Nativity - Ohio. Appointed Captain on August 26, 1861; mustered into service on August 30, 1861. Resigned from service on March 31, 1862.

    CRAIL, Benjamin I., 1st Lieutenant. (Veteran.) Age 30 from Fairfield, Iowa; Nativity - Pennsylvania. Appointed 1st Lieutenant on August 26, 1861; mustered into service on August 30, 1861. Promoted to Captain on April 1, 1862. Mustered out of service on August 9, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia.

    HARTMAN, Cravin L., 2d Lieutenant. (Veteran.) Age 25 from Brookville, Iowa; Nativity - Indiana. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on August 26, 1861; mustered into service on August 30, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on April 1, 1862. Re-enlisted and re-mustered into service on February 1, 1864. Mustered out of service on May 20, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia.

    CASE, Return, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Indiana. Enlisted at the age of 20 as a Private on February 27, 1864; mustered into service February 27, 1864. Died of disease at Keokuk, Iowa on November 4, 1864. Interment at Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa

     

    ROSTER of the 3rd IOWA CAVALRY

    COMPANY I - RINGGOLD COUNTY SOLDIERS

    TAYLOR, Thomas J., Captain. Age 26 from Unionville, Iowa; Nativity - Ohio. Appointed Captain on August 20, 1861; mustered into service on September 6, 1861. Died of disease on July 24, 1862. Buried in National Cemetery at Mound City, Illinois, Section B, grave 2,253.

    McDANNAL, Thomas H., 1st Lieutenant. Age 22 from Unionville, Iowa; Nativity - Pennsylvania. Appointed 1st Lieutenant on August 20, 1861; mustered into service on September 6, 1861. Resigned from service on August 5, 1862.

    HORTON, Edward F. Horton, 2nd Lieutenant. Age 23 from Unionville, Iowa; Nativity - Ohio. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on August 20, 1861; mustered into service on September 6, 1861. Promoted to Captain on September 1, 1862. Resigned from service on June 19, 1863.

    DeLONG, William, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Illinois. Enlisted at the age of 18 as a Private on February 24, 1864; mustered into service February 24, 1864. Wounded at Big Blue, Missouri on October 23, 1864. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

     

    ROSTER of the 3rd IOWA CAVALRY

    COMPANY L - RINGGOLD COUNTY SOLDIERS

    MUDGETT, Gilman C., Sr., Captain. Age 48 from Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa; Nativity - New Hampshire. Appointed Captain on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Major on August 4, 1863. Resigned from service on September 15, 1864 at East Point, Georgia.

    FITCH, Ezra, 1st Lieutenant. Age 25 from Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa; Nativity - Ohio. Appointed 1st Lieutenant on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Resigned from service on May 1, 1862.

    BAKER, Micajah, 2nd Lieutenant. Age 30 from Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa; Nativity - Illinois. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Resigned on February 3, 1862.

    BALDWIN, Lucas M., (Veteran) Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nativity - Indiana. Enlisted at the age of 20 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service September 12, 1861. Re-enlisted and re-mustered into service on February 2, 1864. Wounded severely at Tupelo, Mississippi on July 14, 1864. Died of disease at Atlanta, Georgia on June 5, 1865. Interment at National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia, Section A, grave 94.

    BALDWIN, Thomas, (Veteran) Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nativity - Indiana. Enlisted at the age of 18 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service September 12, 1861. Re-enlisted and re-mustered into service on February 2, 1864. Died of disease at St. Louis, Missouri on April 23, 1864. Interment at Arsenal Island, St. Louis, Missouri.

     

    ROSTER of the 3rd IOWA CAVALRY

    COMPANY M - RINGGOLD COUNTY SOLDIERS

    WARNER, John W., Captain. Age 34 from Leon, Decatur County, Iowa; Nativity - Ohio. Appointed Captain on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Resigned from service on February 6, 1862.

    JONES, Benjamin S., 1st Lieutenant. (Veteran) Age 29 from Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa; Nativity - Indiana. Appointed 1st Lieutenant on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Captain on February 7, 1862. Re-enlisted and re-mustered into service on January 1, 1864. Promoted to 1st Battalion Major on May 1, 1864; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on September 21, 1864. Mustered out of service on August 9, 1865, Atlanta, Georgia.

    WALKER, Harvey H., 2nd Lieutenant. Age 42 from Decatur County, Iowa; Nativity - Kentucky. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on May 1, 1864. Resigned from service on July 11, 1864.

      ARNETT, William, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Iowa. Enlisted at the age of 28 as a Private on February 23, 1864; mustered into service on February 23, 1864. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

    BATHE, George, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Enlisted at the age of 19 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Full Commissary Sergeant [Company Commissary Sgt.] on April 1, 1863; promoted to Full Sergeant Major on January 1, 1865. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

    BLADES, John, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Enlisted at the age of 18 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Full 5th Corporal on May 25, 1864; promoted to Full 4th Corporal on June 1, 1864; promoted to Full 3rd Corporal on September 1, 1864; promoted to Full 2nd Corporal on January 1, 1865. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

    CAVIN, William, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Kentucky. Enlisted at the age of 44 as a 6th Corporal on August 15 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Wounded at Pea Ridge, Arkansas on March 7, 1862. Discharged at St. Louis, Missouri on April 18, 1862 for wounds. See Company E of the 46th Iowa Infantry.

    CRAWFORD, Joseph, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nativity - Pennsylvania. Enlisted as a Private at the age of 45 on August 15, 1861. Mustered into service on September 12, 1861, and discharged on November 30, 1861. Enlisted as a Private on August 9, 1862 with Company G of the 29th Iowa Infantry; mustered into service on November 18, 1862. Disability discharge at St. Louis, Missouri on May 13, 1863. See Company G of the 29th Iowa Infantry.

    CUMMINS, Samuel, (Veteran) Ringgold County, Iowa. Ntivity - Indiana. Enlisted at the age of 18 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service September 12, 1861. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

    DUTTON, Samuel L. S., (Veteran) Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Maryland. Enlisted at the age of 39 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Re-inlisted and re-mustered into service on January 1, 1864. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

    ELAM, George D., Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nativity - Ohio. Enlisted at the age of 33 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Discharged on November 8, 1862.

    ELLIS, John W., Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Pennsylvania. Enlisted at age 39 as a Quartermaster Sergeant on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Discharged from service at St. Louis, Missouri on January 19, 1863.

    EVERLY, William, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Virginia Enlisted at age 22 as a Private on February 22, 1864; mustered into service on February 22, 1864. Died of disease at Keokuk, Iowa on October 20, 1864. Pvt. EVERLY was interrred at Bethel Cemetery near Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa. U.S. Veteran's Affairs record Pvt. EVERLY's interment at Keokuk National [Oakland] Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa. Could the gravestone at Bethel Cemetery be an re-interment or a memorial gravestone?

    GALE, James, Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - England. Enlisted at age 39 as a Private on August 13, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Discharged for disability on March 30, 1863 at St. Louis, Missouri.

    HESSENFLOW, William M., Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Indiana. Enlisted at age 31 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Discharged for disability on February 25, 1862 at St. Louis, Missouri.

    IMUS, Giles D., Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Illinois. Enlisted at age 22 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Died of disease on December 10, 1861 at Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, Missouri. Buried in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, Missouri. Section 38, grave 131.

    IMUS, Hiram, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nativityy - New York. Enlisted at the age of 39 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Full 7th Corporal on February 1, 1863; promoted to Full 6th Corporal on April 2, 1863; promoted to Full 5th Corporal on April 20, 1863; promoted to 4th Full Corporal on May 15, 1863; promoted to Full 3rd Corporal on November 1, 1863. Mustered out of service on September 19, 1864.

    IMUS, Seth, Nativity - Ohio. Enlisted at age 22 as a Private on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Mustered out of service on September 19, 1864 at Keokuk, Iowa, expiration of term of service.

    KELLER, Benjamin, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nativity - Ohio. Enlisted as a Private at the age of 30 on February 27, 1864; mustered into service on February 27, 1864. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865

    LANTZ, Samuel, (Veteran) Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Tennessee. Enlisted at age 33 as 3rd Corporal on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to 1st Corporal on March 1, 1863. Re-enlisted and re-mustered into service on January 1, 1864. Mustered out of service on August 9, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia.

    ROSS, Henry, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Enlisted as a 2nd Sergeant at the age of 21 on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Mustered out of service at Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1865.

    SLACK, William, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Enlisted as a 3rd Sergeant at the age of 43 on August 15, 1861; mustered into service on September 12, 1861. Promoted to Full 2nd Sergeant on March 1, 1863. Received a disability discharge at Ironton, Missouri on March 29, 1863.

    WALTERS, Henry F., Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Ohio. Enlisted at age 29 as a Private on February 20, 1864; mustered into service on February 20, 1864. Mustered out of service on August 9, 1865 at Atlanta, Georgia.

    WALTERS, John G., Ringgold County, Iowa. Nativity - Ohio. Enlisted at age 37 as a Private on February 20, 1864; mustered into service on February 20, 1864. Killed by Confederate guerrillas on November 6, 1864 at Cane Hill, Arkansas.

    SOURCES:
    American Civil War Soldiers Database, ancestry.com
    ../../../civilwar/books/logan/mil603.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_Regiment_Iowa_Volunteer_Cavalry

    Compiled and transcribed by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2009

    To contribute to Ringgold County's military pages,
    contact Sharon R. Becker at srbecker@windstream.net.
    Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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