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Michael Gassmann



August 1863 Michael Gassmann enlisted in the

 8th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry.


Excerpt from a letter written by Sgt. Washington Tharp that stated:

“..that I was a sergeant in Company G, 8th Iowa Cavalry; that I was well acquainted with Michael Gassmann of the same company and Regiment; that we were both captured on the thirtieth day of July 1864 about 30 miles southeast of Atlanta and taken from there to Andersonville Georgia; that whilst at Andersonville said Gassmann contracted the chronic diarrhea and was very low all the time whilst in that prison…from Andersonville we were both removed to Florence, South Carolina. Gassmann was hardly able whilst at this…place to get around”. Michael’s name has now been added to the National Park Service records at Andersonville.

Compiled and contributed by Ron Seymour


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