★  Tuttle, James M.

James Madison Tuttle


Born: September 24, 1823

Birthplace: Summerfield, Ohio

Father: James Tuttle 1796 – 1867
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa)​

Mother: Esther Crow 1803 – 1854
(Buried: Old Orange Cemetery, Orange, Indiana)​

1st Wife: Elizabeth Conner

2nd Wife:
Laura Mariah Meek 1832 – 1918
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa)​


Laura M. Tuttle West 1854 – 1924​
(Buried: Garnett Cemetery, Garnett, Kansas)​
George Tuttle 1856 – 1863​
(Buried: Purdom Cemetery, Keosauqua, Iowa)​
Mary Tuttle 1860 – 1862​
(Buried: Purdom Cemetery, Keosauqua, Iowa)​
Mella Tuttle Blackburn 1865 – 1949​
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa)​
Joel Tuttle 1872 – 1932​
(Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa)​

Occupation before War:

Agriculturist and Mercantile Businessman in Farmington, Iowa​
1855 – 1857: Sheriff of Van Buren County, Iowa​
1858 – 1861: Van Buren County, Iowa, County Treasurer, and Recorder​

Civil War Career:

1861: Raised a company, and was Captain assigned to 2nd Iowa Infantry​
1861: Lt. Colonel of 2nd Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 2nd Iowa Infantry Regiment​
1862: Led Successful charge at Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee​
1862: Wounded while standing on a log at the Battle of Fort Donelson​
1862: Brigade Commander at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Assumed Division command, fighting around “Hornet’s Nest”​
1862 – 1864: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Brigade Commander during Siege of Corinth, Mississippi​
1862: Union Army Commander of Garrison at Cairo, Illinois​
1863: Served in the Vicksburg, Mississippi Campaign​
1863: Unsuccessful Democratic Candidate for Governor of Iowa​
1864: Union Army Commander of forces around Natchez, Mississippi​
1864: Ordered Roman Catholic Bishop Elder to say prayers for Lincoln​
1864: Resigned as Brigadier General in September​

Occupation after War:

Business Partner in Mines in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico​
Half Owner of Tuttle Brothers pork packing company​
1866: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congress​
1871: Elected as a Democrat to Iowa State House of Representatives​
Iowa State Commander of Grand Army of the Republic, Iowa Dept.​
1883: Elected as a Republican to Iowa State House of Representatives​
President of Board of Directors for Iowa Soldier’s Home​

Died: October 24, 1892

Place of Death: Des Moines, Iowa

Cause of Death: Effects of a stroke he had at Jack Rabbit Mine

Age at time of Death: 69 years old

Burial Place: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He was soundly defeated in the 1863 race for governor of Iowa. He was beaten by the Republican in the race, William Milo Stone, another Shiloh veteran.Stone was re-elected in 1865 and also present at Ford's theater when Lincoln was assassinated. Stone was one of the people who helped carry Lincoln to the Peterson house.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
In 1864 Tuttle ordered the Roman Catholic Bishop of Natchez to pray for Abraham Lincoln and to recite these prayers publicly. The bishop refused and petitioned Lincoln personally. The bishop was granted the freedom to practice his religion without Tuttle's interference.