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Vol. 6 - Miscellaneous
(1911)

  
 

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Captain Guthrie's Company K,
Fifteenth U. S. Infantry


It will be noted that but three of the ten Iowa companies which had been called for by the President had been mustered into the service of the United States.  It will also be noted that the three companies, instead of being sent to Mexico, had been kept on garrison duty at Fort Atkinson.  While the explanation given for the recruiting of a new company in Iowa is not very clear, it seems to have been organized under special authority from the War Department, and assigned to the Fifteenth Regiment, United States Infantry, and was designated as Company K, of that regiment.  Major Frederick D. Mills, who had been Captain of the first company raised under the call of the President (but which was not mustered) was commissioned Major of the Fifteenth Infantry.  The selection of the commissioned officers of Company K was conceded to Major Mills.  This fact, and his own appointment as Major, suggests a plausible theory that the organization of the company was but a belated act of justice to the men and officers of the first Iowa company to offer its services under the call of the President.  That company, as has been shown, was superseded by Captain James M. Morgan's Company of Iowa Infantry Volunteers, which completed its full term of service at Fort Atkinson, Iowa.  The new company was promptly organized, and was conveyed from its rendezvous at Fort Madison, Iowa, by steamboat to New Orleans, and thence by ocean steamer to Vera Cruz, where it joined the regiment.  From the day it landed in Mexico to the end of the war, the company---with its regiment---was constantly engaged in active service.  It participated in numerous battles and skirmishes, in all of which it acquitted itself with distinguished gallantry.  Its losses---as shown by the subjoined roster---were heavy, constituting forty per cent of its aggregate number.  Nearly every one of its officers received both special mention and brevet promotions for gallant and meritorious conduct on the battlefield.  Among those killed or mortally wounded in battle were Major Mills and Captain Guthrie.  The Third General Assembly of Iowa, in session at Iowa City, in 1850, gave permanent evidence of its appreciation of those gallant officers, by bestowing upon one of the new counties, organized at that session, the name of Mills, and, upon another, the name of Guthrie.  In Mr. Reid's early military history, from which this brief sketch is condensed, the movements and operations of the company are described with great particularity, and many incidents, showing its splendid conduct under fire are given.  Copies of official reports are quoted, and the record of the company is shown to have been a most highly honorable one, reflecting great credit upon the State.

It has been the duty and pleasure of the compiler to prepare a sketch of each of the military organizations of the State of Iowa which, at any time, rendered active service in the wars in which the United States has been involved, and he regards it as but a simple statement of truth to say that, in the long line of brilliant achievement and faithful service, Company K, of the Fifteenth Regiment, United States Infantry, established a record of such a high standard of excellence as to prove a worthy example and inspiration to each of the Iowa organizations which followed it in the succeeding wars.

The muster roll of the company is copied verbatim from Mr. Reid's history.  While it does not comport fully with the general plan of this work, the compiler could not see his way clear to undertake a condensation of the more lengthy paragraphs, as they describe so fully the service performed, together with a summarized statement of the subsequent history of the soldier, with notes giving the source form which the information was obtained.  He therefore determined to make a notable exception to the rule, in the case of the roster and record of this one company, Iowa's sole representative upon the battlefields of Mexico.

Roster

Edwin Guthrie.  Captain.  Residence Fort Madison, Iowa.  Commissioned by President James K. Polk March 8, 1857.  Assigned to Company K, Fifteenth Infantry, April 9, 1847.  Wounded in the skirmish at Lahoya Pass, on the road between Vera Cruz and Perote, June 20, 1847.  Died a Perote, July 20, 1847.  Captain Guthrie was born at Smyrna, New York, Dec. 11, 1806, where he married Adeline Jewett Sept., 17, 1827.  He was a manufacturer of chemicals and a distiller, at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., and removed to Iowa about 1840, where he became Warden of the Penitentiary at Fort Madison, 1843-1845. [Edwin Guthrie, grandson, Washington, D. C., Nov. 15, 1909.]

George Washington Bowie.  First Lieutenant, U. S. Infantry, March 8, 1847.  Assigned to Company K, Fifteenth Infantry, April 9, 1847.  Captain, July 8, 1847.  Brevet Major for gallant and meritorious conduct at Contreras and Churubusco.  Mustered out with the Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Kentucky.  Colonel, Fifth California Infantry, Nov. 8, 1861.  Brevet Brigadier General of United States Volunteers, March 13, 1865.  Honorably mustered out Dec. 14, 1864.  Native of Maryland.  It has not been ascertained when he came to Iowa, but he settled in Burlington as a lawyer.  He was elected to the Constitutional Convention which met in 1846, and was a member of the Territorial House of Representatives the same year.  He took an active part in the organization of a company in Burlington, for the proposed Iowa regiment for the Mexican War, and was First Lieutenant of the Company under Captain F. D. Mills.  He returned to Burlington after the was, but emigrated to California in 1850.  He was a candidate for the Governor of California on the ticket of the American party, in 1857.  Became Colonel of the Fifth California Infantry Nov. 9, 1861, to succeed Colonel John Kellogg, an officer of the Third Artillery, U. S. Army, who resigned on that date.  He commanded the District of Arizona, with headquarters at Franklin, Texas, where he was mustered out Dec. 14, 1864.  Died in as accident March 18, 1882.  [Heitman's Historical Register, U. S. A.  Reverend William Salter, D. D., Burlington, Iowa;  California Historical Society, by Irving B. Richman;  Rebellion Records, Vol. XXXIV.]

John R. Bennett.  Second Lieutenant, U. S. Infantry, March 8, 1847.  Assigned to Company K, Fifteenth Infantry, April 9, 1847.  Brevet First Lieutenant Sept. 13, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct at Chapultepec.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Kentucky.  Captain of Third Minnesota Infantry, Oct. 25, 1861.  Resigned Feb. 27, 1862.  Was a native of Maryland, and an early settler at Bloomington, (now Muscatine,) Iowa Territory.  He was Captain of a company organized at Bloomington for the proposed Iowa Regiment of Infantry for the Mexican War.  Soon after his discharge he removed to Chatfield, Minn.  In the Civil War he raised a company at that place for the Third Minnesota Infantry, but resigned after a few months' service.  His subsequent career has not been fully ascertained, but he is said to have died in Mexico.  [Heitman's Historical Register, U. S. A.;  Dr. Warren Upham, Secretary of Minnesota Historical Society;  S. S. McKenny, Chicago.]

Francis O. Beckett.  Second Lieutenant, U. S. Infantry, March 8, 1847.  Assigned to Company K, Fifteenth U. S. Infantry, April 9, 1847.  First Lieutenant May 6, 1848.  Brevet First Lieutenant Aug. 20, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct at Contreras and Churubusco, Mexico.  Temporarily transferred from the company, at Puebla, July 7, 1847.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  He was born in the State of Maine and became a resident of Burlington, Iowa.  His work in recruiting for the company seems to have been entirely at Keosauqua, Van Buren County.  Persistent inquiries among the oldest settlers of Burlington and Van Buren County have failed to reveal anything of his personal history, and he must have left Iowa very soon after the Mexican War.  [Heitman's Historical Register, U. S. A.;  Bloomington Herald, summer of 1846.]

Daniel French.  Lieutenant.  Born in Ohio.  Appointed from Ohio, Second Lieutenant, Fifteenth Infantry, April 9, 1847.  First Lieutenant Aug. 20, 1847.  Brevet Captain Sept. 13, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct at Chapultepec.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Second Lieutenant, Sixty-fifth Ohio Infantry, Oct. --, 1861.  Captain, Nov. --, 1861.  Lieutenant Colonel, Nov. 30, 1861.  Colonel, One Hundred Twentieth Ohio, Oct. 17, 1862.  [Heitman's Historical Register, U. S. A.]  The records are obscure as to just when this officer was assigned to Company K, but, from the roster in Iowa Historical Record, Vol. 1, it would appear to be when he was promoted First Lieutenant, Aug. 20, 1847.

Abel W. Wright.  Lieutenant.  Born in Connecticut.  Appointed from Wisconsin, Second Lieutenant, U. S. Infantry, March 6, 1847.  Assigned to Company K, Fifteenth U. S. Infantry, April 9, 1847.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Henry E. Vrooman.  First Sergenat.  (Iowa Historical Record list, recorded as private.)  Enrolled April 6, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died Sept. 5, 1847, (private) at Hospital, Puebla, Mexico, of ordinary disease.

Walter W. Hudson.  Second Sergeant.  (Iowa Historical Record list, First Sergeant.)  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Last paid April, 1848, Roll.  Following is his military record in Heitman's Historical Register:  Born in Kentucky.  Appointed from the army.  Private, Sergeant and First Sergeant, Fifteenth Infantry, April 12, 1847, to July 18, 1848.  Brevet Second Lieutenant, First Infantry, June 28, 1848.  Second Lieutenant March 1, 1849.  Died April 19, 1850, of wounds received April 7, 1850, with Indians, near Laredo, Texas.  Walter Warder Hudson was born in Mason County, Ky., June 11, 1823.  His mother was a sister of Jesse R. Grant, father of General U. S. Grant.  His promotion to a Lieutenancy in the Regular Army, by President Polk, was in recognition of his gallantry in action, being credited with having carried the flag over the walls of Chapultepec.  The engagement with the Indians, in which he was wounded, was at Fort Hudson, on the Rio Grande River, in Texas, which fort was named in his honor.  He died at Fort McIntosh, near Laredo, Tesas.  (Appleton's Cycl. Amer. Biog.)

John C. Abercrombie.  Third Sergeant.  (Iowa Historical Record list, First Sergeant.)  Enrolled April 7, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Born in Perry County, Penn., Oct. 30, 1823.  Parents removed to Miami County, Ohio, in 1833.  He came to Des Moines County, Iowa in 1841, and settled at Burlington as a tailor.  Enlisted for the Texan War, under Captain Hight, and went to New Orleans.  The war had ended in Texas, the Company was disbanded at New Orleans, and he returned to Burlington.  His enlistment in Company K, of the Fifteenth, being credited to Keosauqua is not understood, as his home was at Burlington.  Returned to Burlington after the Mexican War and adopted the profession of dentistry.  At the opening of the Civil War he was commissioned, by Governor Kirkwood, First Lieutenant of Company E, First Iowa Infantry, and discharged on the expiration of the three months' service of that regiment.  On the organization of the Eleventh Iowa Infantry, he was commissioned Major of that regiment.  He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, but the strength of the regiment did not admit of his being commissioned as Colonel.  He became totally blind in 1869, and drew full pension of $72 per month for that disability.  Died at Burlington.  [Biographical Album, Des Moines County, Iowa, 1889, page 206.]

Fabrian Brydolf.  Fourth Sergeant.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Wounded at the battle of Churubusco.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Born in Ostergothland, Sweden, Nov. 28, 1819.  Son of Anders G. Brydolf, a prominent Lutheran minister.  Educated to the profession of landscape painter and lived an artist's life until he emigrated to America in 1841.  He located at Cleveland, Ohio, where, finding no encouragement for art, he took to sign and other painting.  Came to Burlington, Iowa, in 1846, as interpreter for a party of Swedes.  Returned to Burlington after the muster out of his regiment.  Served in the Civil War as Captain, Company I, Sixth Iowa Infantry.  Lost his right arm at the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862.  Promoted Lieutenant Colonel, Twenty-fifth Iowa Infantry, Sept. --, 1862.  Resigned to accept position as Lieutenant Colonel, Second Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps, Nov. 1, 1863.  Mustered out July 1, 1866.  After two years' suffering from paralysis and loss of eyesight, he died at Burlington, Iowa, Jan. 25, 1897.  [Nella J. Brydolf, daughter, Burlington, Iowa;  Burlington Daily Hawkeye, January 26, 1897;  Iowa Adjutant General's Reports.]

Isaac W. Griffiths.  First Corporal.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Sergeant.)  Enrolled May 1, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mr. Griffiths was discharged Oct. 27, 1847, for disability from wounds received at Churubusco Aug. 20, 1847.  (Right arm amputated.)  He was born at Farmington, Trumbull County, Ohio.  Removed to Lee County, Iowa, in 1839.  Was Captain in the Territorial Militia from March 30, 1843.  Member of the Iowa Legislature 1848-49.  Bailiff in the Supreme Court of Iowa Territory 1839 to 1847.  Register U. S. Land Office, at Des Moines, April, 1858, to 1861.  Sheriff of Polk County, Iowa, 1861 to 1863.  Coroner of Polk County, Iowa, twenty consecutive years, 1873 to 1893.  Door-keeper U. S. Senate, three years, 1850 to 1853.  Died at Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 10, 1897.  [Aldrich Autograph Collection, Iowa Historical Department, Des Moines, Iowa.]

Alexander Caldwell.  Second Corporal.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Sergeant.)  Enrolled April 3, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

John Moyes.  Third Corporal.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Sergeant.)  Enrolled April 6, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Isaiah B. Taylor.  Fourth Corporal.  Enrolled April 3, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  (He was generally known in the company as "Zack" Taylor.)  [S. D. Thompson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.---survivor.]

Henry B. Anderson.  Private.  Enrolled April 17, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutnenant Beckett.  Left sick at Hospital at Puebla, Mexico, Aug. 9, 1847.  Died October 9, 1847.

Jesse B. Barber.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Daniel Bennett.  Private.  Enrolled April 17, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Discharged Jan. 17, 1848, at Puebla, Mexico.

William Benton.  Private.  Enrolled April 6, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Left sick at Hospital at New Orleans, La., July 6, 1848.  Discharged Aug. 17, 1848.  One of the squad enlisted by Thomas J. McKean, Marion, Iowa, ex-Lieutenant U. S. Army.  He lived in Marion and engaged in harness making.  After the war he removed to Illinois, and is said to have served in an Illinois Regiment in the Civil War.  [S. D. Thompson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.]

Samuel Bird.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Warren W. Bixby.  Private.  Enrolled May 1, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died Oct. 22, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

Allen Blair.  Private.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died July 13, 1847, in Hospital, at Perote, Mexico.

George W. Briggs.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Biggs.)  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Oct. 8, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.  Residence in Pittsburg, Van Buren County, Iowa.  Born in New York State.  Son of Uriah Biggs, a pioneer surveyor and commissioner of the Des Moines River Improvement.  He was nineteen years of age when he enlisted.  Came to Iowa in 1839.  [Hon. George C. Duffield, Pittsburg, Iowa.]

Isaiah Bringham.  Private.  Enrolled April 23, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Nathan Brown.  Private.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died July 23, 1847, at Perote, Mexico.

Daniel Bruner.  Private.  Enrolled April 20, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Died Aug. 8, 1847, at Perote, Mexico.

Peter B. Busart.  Private.  Enrolled April 17, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie. Died Sept. 3, 1847, at Perote, Mexico.

John Butler.  Private.  Enrolled April 7, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Left sick in Hospital, at Perote, Mexico, July 2, 1847.  Died Aug. 3, 1847.

Samuel Carley.  Private.  Enrolled April 22, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Died Nov. 1, 1847, in City of Mexico.

Stephen H. Carman.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Galena, Ill., by Lieutenant Hall.  [S. D. Thompson says that this soldier and two others from Galena (Finch and Munsen) were enlisted at Muscatine by Thomas J. McKean.]  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

David Casady.  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Oct. 25, 1847, in Hospital, at Chapultepec, Mexico.

Oscar Cave.  Private.  Enrolled April 28, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Andrew J. Cavern.  Private.  Enrolled April 16, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Sept. 1, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

James W. Chambers.  Private.  Enrolled April 23, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died July 29, 1847, at Vera Cruz, Mexico.

James Christian.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Left sick at Vera Cruz June 2, 1847.  No further record found.

Swein Clark.  Enrolled April 13, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Sept. 23, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

Stephen S. Cooper.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Was a member of the Des Moines County Volunteers, No. 1, organized at Burlington, Iowa, with Frederick D. Mills as Captain.

Thomas Courtney.  Private.  Enrolled April 23, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Residence five miles from Marion, Linn County, Iowa.  One of the squad enlisted by Thomas McKean.  Left sick in Hospital at Perote, Mexico, July 2, 1847.  Died Aug. 2, 1847.

James L. Cox.  Private.  Enrolled April 23, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died July 31, 1847, at Perote, Mexico.

John M. Cresswell.  Private.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Corporal.)  Enrolled April 23, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Daniel W. Crowder.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Killed Sept. 10, 1847, at Piedad, Mexico, by cannon shot, while on picket guard.

Edwin R. Cutler.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Born in Boston, Mass., in 1816.  Brother of Elisha Cutler, who was the first Secretary of State of the State of Iowa, in 1846.  Came to Iowa in 1841.  Treasurer of Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1849.  Recorder in 1851.  Emigrated to Oregon in 1852, where he was frozen to death on a flat-boat on the Columbia River, which became frozen in the stream.  [George C. Duffield, Pittsburg, Iowa;  Capt. V. P. Twombly, Des Moines, Iowa.]

Charles D. Davis.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  [Thompson says he was one of McKean's recruits, and lived in Linn County after the war.]

Edmund Derrick.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Dismissed by order of General Court-martial, held April 12, 1848.

James Douglass.  Private.  Enrolled April 13, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died Dec. 22, 1847, at Castle Chappellain, Mexico.

Robert Douglass.  Private.  Enrolled April 15, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

James Drake.  Private.  Enrolled April 1, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  [Thompson says he was the youngest man in the company.]

Stewart W. Drurey.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died Aug. 13, 1847, New Orleans Barracks, La.

George W. Dyer.  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Aristiades Elkins.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Died Sept. 14, 1847, in Hospital, Puebla, Mexico.

Edward Ellis.  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Oct. 20, 1847, in City of Mexico.  [It appears by letter from E. R. Cutler, printed in Dubuque Miners' Express, March 29, 1848, that Ellis lived in Davis County, Iowa.]

Isaac Faulkner.  Private.  Enrolled April 15, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  The termination of his service in the Company is not made clear on the official muster roll.  The entry is:  "Arrested as a deserter in Jefferson Barracks May 2, 1847," but what disposition was made of the case is not shown.

James Finch.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Galena, Ill., by Lieutenant Hall.  [Said to be enlisted at Muscatine, Iowa, by Thomas J. McKean.]  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Thomas Fisher.  Private.  Enrolled April 22, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Died Oct. 7, 1847, in City of Mexico.

Samuel Foulton.  Private.  Enrolled April 6, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died July 13, 1848, on board steamer "Northern Light."

Thomas Fourgerty.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Fogerty.)  Private.  Enrolled April 9, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died Sept. 17, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

James H. Freeman.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Discharged on certificate of disability Feb. 4, 1848.

Thomas L. Gannon.  Private.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Corporal.)  Enrolled April 2, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Elijah P. Gillespie.  Private.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Corporal.)  Enrolled April 20, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  His father was Probate Judge of Van Buren County, Iowa.

James Glover.  Private.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Oct. 24, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.  [George C. Duffield says that he knew the man, and makes the following note:  "Bright young Yankee;  much respected;  went to Mexico from Van Buren County, never to return;  relatives all dead."]  He came from Ohio about 1843, and lived at Pittsburg, Iowa.

George A. Gray.  Private.  Enrolled April 25, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Residence Marion, Linn County, Iowa.  One of squad enlisted by Thomas J. McKean.  Age, when enlisted, about twenty-one.  Born in Pennsylvania.  Enlisted in the Civil War as First Sergeant, Company H, Twentieth Iowa Infantry, July 26, 1862.  Promoted to Sergeant Major Oct. 20, 1862.  Promoted to Captain, Company H, Dec. 20, 1862.  Mustered out at Clinton, Iowa, July 8, 1865.  [S. D. Thompson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;  Iowa Adjutant General's Reports.]

George Grigsby.  Private.  Enrolled April 3, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Hosea W. Groom.  Private.  Enrolled April 15, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Came to Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1838, from Ohio.  Returned there after the close of the war.  Died at Des Moines, Iowa, in 1893.  [George C. Duffield, Pittsburg, Iowa.]

John Haft.  Private.  Enrolled May 13, 1847, at Baton Rouge, La., by Captain Guthrie.  Died July 28, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

William B. Hampton.  Private.  Enrolled April 25, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died Nov. 13, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.  Lived at Ivanhoe, Linn County, Iowa.  Was one of Thomas J. McKean's recruits.

Philip J. Hanes.  Private.  Enrolled May 1, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died Oct. 24, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

James Henness.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Stephen Hoag.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  The official roll contains entry in pencil, "See Certificate 12762," but the entry is not filled out.  It appears, however, by the letter of E. R. Cutler, previously cited, that Stephen Hoag was a resident of Davis County and was one of the soldiers who died in Mexico.

Jacob Hogan.  Private.  Enrolled April 27, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  [Thompson says he was a tall man about sixty years old.]

John Howard.  Private.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Left sick in Hospital, City of Mexico, Feb. 1, 1848.  Discharged July 28, 1848.

William Hunt.  Private.  Enrolled April 27, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died June 22, 1847, at Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Menry McC. Jewett.  Private.  Enrolled April 3, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

London S. Johnson.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Lewis W. Jones.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Sept. 29, 1847.  Record does not show where he died.

David Kenoyer.  Private.  Enrolled April 20, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Josiah Lane.  Private.  Enrolled April 16, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Sent sick to Vera Cruz Hospital June 11, 1847.  No further record found.

John Levitt.  Private.  Enrolled April 15, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died Aug. 25, 1847, in Hospital, Puebla, Mexico.

William Litton.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Oct. 11, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

Daniel Lloyd.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Discharged Feb. 4, 1848, on certificate of disability.

James T. Magee.  Private.  Enrolled April 16, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  Mustered out with Company Aug.4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Henry M. Manfount.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Montfort.)  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died Oct. 29, 1847, in Hospital, City of Mexico.

Jason Mechum.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died July 7, 1847, at Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Seth Millington.  Private.  Enrolled April 15, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Severely wounded at the battle of Chapultepec, Sept. 13, 1847.  Discharged Jan. 14, 1848, for wounds received.  Resided at Keosauqua, Van Buren County, and married there when he enlisted.  Returned to Iowa after discharge.  Farmed several years, then emigrated to Oregon, where he died.  He was Clerk of the District Court for four years, (1848-1852,) also served as County Surveyor.  [George C. Duffield, Pittsburg, Iowa;  Hon. Robert Sloan, Keosauqua, Iowa.]

Philip S. Moore.  Private.  (Iowa Historical Record list, Musician.)  Enrolled April 22, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died July 4, 1848, on passage from Vera Cruz to New Orleans.

William Moore.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug.4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Lafayette Munsell.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Galena, Ill., by Lieutenant Hall.  (Said to be enlisted at Muscatine by Thomas J. McKean.)  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Gushorn C. Norris.  Private.  Enrolled April 6, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Grosvenor Norton.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Eli Parr.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Humphrey B. Perry.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Sept. 25, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

John Perry.  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Sept. 27, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.  Lived at Kilbourne, Van Buren County, Iowa.  Son of a pioneer merchant.  [George C. Duffield, Pittsburg, Iowa.]

Joseph J. Pettijohn.  (Iowa Historical Record list, John J. Pettyjohn.)  Private.  Enrolled April 13, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Discharged Nov. 30, 1847, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

David Cook Powell.  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

William Cook Powell.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

William Reece.  (Iowa Historical Record list, William Reed and in official records of casualties of babble of Churubusco spelled the same way.)  Enrolled April 1, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Killed in action Aug. 20, 1847, Churubusco, Mexico.

Milton E. Reynolds.  Private.  Enrolled April 27, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died Sept. 10, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

Jacob Rhoades Jr.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Sept. 11, 1847;  place not ascertained.

James Rhodes.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Oct. 2, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

John W. Roberts.  Private.  Enrolled April 26, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Killed in action Aug. 20, 1847, battle of Churubusco, Mexico.

Thomas W. Rogers.  Private.  Enrolled April 17, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Aug. 18, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

Andrew R. Sausman.  Private.  Enrolled April 25, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  One of the squad enlisted by Thomas J. McKean.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  Residence, Marion, Iowa.  Removed to California in the early 50's, and became a merchant and died there.  [S. D. Thompson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.]

Bennett S. Shang.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

John R. Snyder.  Private.  Enrolled April 9, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Deserted Nov. 22, 1847, from Hospital, at New Orleans.

Samuel E. Spain.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died Nov. 29, 1847, at Chapultepec, Mexico.

Theodore B. Sparks.  Private.  Enrolled April 10, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Died Sept. 25, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.

Nathaniel H. Sprague.  Private.  Enlisted May 1, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Left sick in Hospital at Puebla, Mexico.  No further record found.  [Letter from E. R. Cutler, previously cited, lists him among the deaths.]

William Stanley.  Private.  Enrolled April 9, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  [An old sailor, a big fellow, lived in Linn County, Iowa.  S. D. Thompson.]

Harlon Stevens.  Private.  Enrolled April 13, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Died Aug. 30, 1847, at Puebla, Mexico.  [Thompson says he was an old man about sixty-five years of age.]

Egbert Stone.  Private.  Enrolled April 23, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Died May 15, 1848, at Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Henry W. Stoy.  Private.  Enrolled April 17, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Killed in action Sept. 13, 1847, at Chapultepec, Mexico.

Rufus, Summerlin.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Lewis Swinhart.  Private.  Enrolled April 21, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  [Pennsylvania-German;  died some time after the war.  S. D. Thompson.]

Samuel D. Thompson.  Private.  Enrolled April 25, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.  He was one of the squad enlisted by Thomas J. McKean.  Residence Marion, Linn County, Iowa.  Born in Rockport, Ind., April 16, 1820.  Came to Iowa in October, 1842.  Took charge of Colonel Morgan's wagon during his service.  Served in the Civil War in Third Iowa Battery Light Artillery.  Living in 1909, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a daughter.

William Wagoner.  Private.  Enrolled April 15, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky. Lived at Iowa City after the war.

West Walker.  Private.  Enrolled April 3, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

Thomas C. White.  Private.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  Mustered out with Company Aug. 4, 1848, at Covington, Ky.

William H. Woodbridge.  Private.  Enrolled April 25, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  One of the squad enlisted by Thomas J. McKean.  Left sick in Hospital, at Vera Cruz, Mexico, June 4, 1847.  Died July 7, 1847.  Residence Marion, Linn County, Iowa.  Native of Connecticut.  Known in the Company by the name of "Democ" Woodbridge.  [S. D. Thompson.]


In the list published in the Iowa Historical Record we find six names that do not appear on the official list furnished us.  Since that list is unquestionably official, and since we have --- in the case of several of them --- other evidence that they were members of the Company, we append their names here:

Peter A. Berry.  Private.  Enrolled April 24, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  No further information obtained.

George G. Gibbs.  Private.  Enrolled April 14, 1847, at Keosauqua, Iowa, by Lieutenant Beckett.  [Reported wounded June 6, 1847, in record of Colonel McIntosh, U. S. A., of killed, wounded and missing of a detachment of the U. S. Army, enroute VeraCruz to the interior of Mexico, in a combat with the enemy on the 6th and 7th of June, 1847.  Reported in list of deaths in E. R. Cutler's letter, before cited.]

John Logan.  Private.  Enrolled April 19, 1847, at Bloomington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bennett.  No further information obtained.

Charles Long.  Private.  Enrolled April 10, 1847, at Burlington, Iowa, by Lieutenant Bowie.  [Reported in list of deaths in letter of E. R. Cutler.}

Thomas J. McKean.  Private.  Enrolled April 12, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Promoted to Sergeant Major of the Regiment May 10, and joined the Regiment at Covington, Ky.  Wounded at Churubusco, Sept. 13, 1847.  Mustered out at Covington, Ky., Aug. 7, 1848.  Residence Marion, Linn County, Iowa.  Born in Bradford County, Pa., in 1810.  Appointed Cadet U. S. Military Academy July 1, 1827.  Graduated nineteenth in his class July 31, 1831.  Brevet Second Lieutenant, Fourth Infantry.  Resigned March 31, 1834.  Adjutant First Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, in Florida War, Nov. 1, 1837, to May, 1838.  Removed to Iowa and settled in Marion, Linn County.  Member of First Constitutional Convention in Iowa Territory, 1844.  Chief Engineer Dubuque South-western Railroad, 1848-1851.  U. S. Deputy Surveyor and General Assistant to Surveyor General of Iowa and Wisconsin, 1851-53.  Commissioner to locate seat of government of Iowa, 1855.  Sheriff of Linn County, Iowa, 1859-1861.  Additional Paymaster, U. S. Volunteers, June 1, 1861.  Brigadier General U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 21, 1861.  Mustered out Aug. 24, 1865.  Mayor of Marion, Iowa, 1865.  Died at Marion, Iowa, April 19, 1870.  [Cullum's Biographical Register, Graduates U. S. Military Academy.]

John Schuyler.  Private.  Enrolled April 2, 1847, at Fort Madison, Iowa, by Captain Guthrie.  Reported in the deaths in the Company in letter from E. R. Cutler, before cited.

 

Summary of Casualties

Total enrollment 113
Killed 5
Died of wounds ---
Died of disease 49
Discharged for wounds, disease or other causes 8

 

 

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