Two Iowa Great-Grandfathers in the Civil War

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Good evening, I found this site simply by luck. I am attempting to put together all of the information I have on my two Iowa families for all of the generations to come. My first great-grandfather was David Sharp from DesMoines who served two times ... the second as a replacement. He was in the 18th Regiment, Co. I from 7/1862 to 3/1863 and was released due to illness. He then re-enlisted as a replacement in 15th Regiment, Co. B from 10/23/1864 to June 30, 1865. I have received copies of his records, including everything he had to go through to get a Disability Pension. Such interesting info ... Someone in our family has intimated that he was actually a flag-bearer for General Sherman on his infamous March to the Sea. Are there records which might indicate this? Also, does anyone know if there are actual photos of these various Regiments? In writing Mr. Sharp's history, I only want to include "real" facts! I have not begun gathering all of my information on my other great-grandfather, Jacob Hahnen (or Hahnenkratt). He was with the 2nd Iowa Cavalry. I have a ton of official information including all of his medical info as he was wounded in Mississippi, I believe. (Don't have info with me right now.) As I gather that, I am certain I will have more questions! (Do have an enlistment photo of him, which I treasure). So good to be able to read all of the postings ... I look forward to learning so much more! Thanks so much for reading this ... Nancy (Hahnen) McCormick
 

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Good evening, I found this site simply by luck. I am attempting to put together all of the information I have on my two Iowa families for all of the generations to come. My first great-grandfather was David Sharp from DesMoines who served two times ... the second as a replacement. He was in the 18th Regiment, Co. I from 7/1862 to 3/1863 and was released due to illness. He then re-enlisted as a replacement in 15th Regiment, Co. B from 10/23/1864 to June 30, 1865. I have received copies of his records, including everything he had to go through to get a Disability Pension. Such interesting info ... Someone in our family has intimated that he was actually a flag-bearer for General Sherman on his infamous March to the Sea. Are there records which might indicate this? Also, does anyone know if there are actual photos of these various Regiments? In writing Mr. Sharp's history, I only want to include "real" facts! I have not begun gathering all of my information on my other great-grandfather, Jacob Hahnen (or Hahnenkratt). He was with the 2nd Iowa Cavalry. I have a ton of official information including all of his medical info as he was wounded in Mississippi, I believe. (Don't have info with me right now.) As I gather that, I am certain I will have more questions! (Do have an enlistment photo of him, which I treasure). So good to be able to read all of the postings ... I look forward to learning so much more! Thanks so much for reading this ... Nancy (Hahnen) McCormick
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Good evening, I found this site simply by luck. I am attempting to put together all of the information I have on my two Iowa families for all of the generations to come. My first great-grandfather was David Sharp from DesMoines who served two times ... the second as a replacement. He was in the 18th Regiment, Co. I from 7/1862 to 3/1863 and was released due to illness. He then re-enlisted as a replacement in 15th Regiment, Co. B from 10/23/1864 to June 30, 1865. I have received copies of his records, including everything he had to go through to get a Disability Pension. Such interesting info ... Someone in our family has intimated that he was actually a flag-bearer for General Sherman on his infamous March to the Sea. Are there records which might indicate this? Also, does anyone know if there are actual photos of these various Regiments? In writing Mr. Sharp's history, I only want to include "real" facts! I have not begun gathering all of my information on my other great-grandfather, Jacob Hahnen (or Hahnenkratt). He was with the 2nd Iowa Cavalry. I have a ton of official information including all of his medical info as he was wounded in Mississippi, I believe. (Don't have info with me right now.) As I gather that, I am certain I will have more questions! (Do have an enlistment photo of him, which I treasure). So good to be able to read all of the postings ... I look forward to learning so much more! Thanks so much for reading this ... Nancy (Hahnen) McCormick
Welcome ! I had a 3 x removed 1st cousin and her Confederate husband that left east Tennessee and settled in Johnson County, Iowa following the war. Two brothers of my paternal grandmother went to Iowa as young men, and lived out their years there. Both had large farms. Here's a report of a reunion of the 2nd Cavalry in 1903. I believe one of my great-uncles, lived around Clear Lake.

SECOND CAVALRY REUNION

Colonel Hepburn's Famous Regiment Encamped at Clear Lake

Mason City, Iowa. Clear Lake is closing up the season this week with reunions and
encampments. The Second Iowa Cavalry is enjoying its two days reunion immensely.
About 400 of the original 2,500 of the regiment are present. This is the regiment
which with the Second Michigan fought the cavalry battle under Sheridan at Booneville,
which was a thunderbolt at Cornith and was with Grant at Vicksburg. It was mustered out
in October 1865 and stood next to the highest in the number killed in action of all
the Iowa regiments. Colonel Pete Hepburn, member of Congress from the 8th district,
was its colonel and is expected to be at the reunion.

MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wednesday, Sept 2, 1903, Page 17
..................................................................................................................


Report of Maj. Datus E. Coon, Second Iowa Cavalry,
of operations February 11-26.

HDQRS. SECOND IOWA CAVALRY,
Germantown, Tenn., February 28, 1864.
LIEUT.: I have the honor to make the following report in regard
to the part taken by the Second Iowa Cavalry on the recent raid the
State of Mississippi:


On the 1st day of this month I turned over my camp and garrison
equipage at Memphis, and remained with my command and in bivouac
on my camping-ground, exposed to the cold weather until the morning
of the 5th instant, when I was ordered to Germantown, Tenn. At this
place my command was in bivouac until the morning of the 11th.

In accordance with orders from brigade headquarters, my command,
consisting of the Second Iowa Cavalry, 860 strong, and 4 pieces of
artillery, 12-pounder mountain howitzers, left this place at 3 a. m.,
moving on the Mount Pleasant road; at 10 a. m. reached the Coldwater
at Miller's Mills, and after some trifling repairs on the road passed
the swamp and took the Byhalia road, arriving at that place at 3.30
p. m. At this place found Capt. Charles C. Horton, commanding
First Battalion, Second Iowa Cavalry, armed with Colt revolving
rifles, who had been sent to make necessary repairs at the crossing of
the Coldwater, in advance of the command. From Byhalia we took the
Chulahoma road for 5 miles and turned east some 4 miles, where we
camped for the night.

At 8 a. m. of the 12th, Capt. C. C. Horton, commanding First
Battalion, was sent to Chulahoma and to Wyatt Ferry, on the
Tallahatchie, if necessary, to communicate with Col. McMillen,
commanding a brigade of infantry. At 8 a. m. the brigade was in
motion, the Second Iowa Cavalry having the advance. During the
forepart of the day there was very little skirmishing with a party of
scouts, who were placed in the vicinity of Tallaloosa, 8 miles southwest
of Holly Springs, to watch the movements of our cavalry. Passing to
the right of Tallaloosa, we took the road to Cox's plantation, thence
turned east, taking the Waterford road. Parties were sent in all
directions to ascertain the whereabouts and probable force of the
enemy, but no information could be gained of a large force at any
point on the Tallahatchie River; but that night pickets were placed at
all available crossing on that river, with small scouts or patrols on all
roads running north to the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.

During the afternoon it was pretty well understood that Gen.
Forrest's main force had left Oxford, Miss., his late headquarters, and
gone supposed to Grenada. At sunset we reached Old Waterford; at
dark the depot and new town of Waterford. A citizen of the place
informed us that the telegraph had been in operation up to one hour
previous, and of course the enemy had been well posted as to our
numbers and all movements made during the 11th and 12th. The
Second Brigade camped 3 miles southeast of Waterford, on Brooks'
plantation, finding plenty of forage for animals and provision for men.

At 11.30 o'clock of the 13th, the command moved on the road to the
Tippah River, crossing at Callahan's Mills and taking the road
to Potts' plantation on the Holly Springs road. Bivouacked for the
night on Parson Cooper's plantation.

The command was again in motion at daylight of the 14th on the New
Albany road, passing Hickory Flats, and reached New Albany at 2
p. m. At sunset bivouacked 4 miles from this place, on the road toward
Pontotoc. Owing to the failure of Col. Waring's brigade to close
up, the whole command remained in bivouac during the whole of the
15th at this place.

On the 16th only 10 miles were made, when we halted at Cherry
Creek for Col. Waring's brigade to close up with the main
column.

On the 17th the whole command being together, was put in motion at
8 a. m., and passed Pontotoc at 11 a. m., and took the Houston road
running south. Halted for the night some 10 miles south of
Pontotoc.

At daylight of the 18th, the column was again in motion, and, after
march of some 4 miles, took the Okolona road running east. At 4 p. m.
we reached that place, and camped 4 miles beyond on the Aberdeen
road.

At daylight on the 19th, were again moving on the road to Aberdeen,
at which place we arrived at 11 a. m. After a short halt orders were
received for us to move on the Prairie Station road, which was
obeyed.

From Prairie Station the whole command took, on the morning of the
20th, the West Point road, the Second Iowa Cavalry having the
advance. Not over 5 miles had been gained when we came up with
a light picket of the enemy, and continued to have light skirmishing
for some 5 miles more, when we suddenly ran into a column
consisting of about 250, which were quickly scattered by the three
saber companies under Capt. George C. Graves.

After a halt of two hours for the column to close up, the march was
resumed. Light skirmishing continued for some 3 miles, when the
advance encountered a force of about 250. Two companies of rifles
were immediately dismounted, and in five minutes the whole party
was dispersed. This was not done, however, without the loss of
Lieut. Dwire, Company F, killed, and 4 men wounded.

The enemy had, during this day's skirmish, 1 major seriously
wounded, in the head, 2 men killed, and 3 wounded. On reaching
West Point it was ascertained that the three Forests (general, colonel,
and captain) had just left and passed west across the Sakatouchee
River, some 3 miles distant.

Up to the time of reaching West Point the largest force encountered
was reported to be 250 or 300. In no case they made demonstration
of a formidable resistance. Having had the advance during the entire
day of the 20th, I had good opportunities for gathering information of
the location and numbers of Forrest's command, and had at no time
placed the force at the Sakatouchee bridge above 2,000 men, and this
force without artillery.

When the command was ordered to fall back to Okolona, on the
morning of the 21st, I was ordered to take the Second Iowa Cavalry
and make a demonstration at the bridge, which I did in the following
manner: After dismounting four rifle companies, I advanced them as
skirmishers under cover of fence and in close proximity with the
enemy's sharpshooters; I then brought forward two of my 12-pounder
howitzers and drove them easily from their fences and houses near the
bridge. After some two hours' time used in skirmishing
with the rifle, and now and then a shell with howitzers, I withdrew,
in compliance with orders, thoroughly convinced of two facts, viz,
first, that the enemy had no artillery at that place, and second, that
the Federal force was at least 4 to the enemy's 1. In obedience to
orders I was in rear. The Second Iowa Cavalry formed the rear guard.

After leaving the bridge some 5 miles, firing commenced in the rear,
and increased for an hour, when I was called upon Capt. George
C. Graves, in command of the rear guard, for assistance, as the
enemy's force was pressing him and threatening his flanks. One
battalion of rifles, under Capt. C. C. Horton, was immediately
dismounted and placed behind a fence, and the saber companies
brought in. The enemy, thinking the road clear, came up with great
boldness. At this time two or three shells and three or four rounds
from the rifles checked the movement, when my men retired in good
order. From the demonstration of the enemy I deemed it necessary to
dismount battalion of rifles, under Capt. Paul A. Queal, and
having eight companies dismounted and the saber companies mounted
to guard the flanks, I felt that the rear of the column was quite
safe.

It having been reported to me that the enemy were moving on my
left flank, I found, on examination, that a column was moving, and
saw three stand of colors displayed; but the command to which they
belonged could not have been over a battalion each. By the
assistance of one battalion of the Sixth Illinois Cavalry I was enabled
to withdraw my command across a swamp difficult of passage, and
after mounting my men fell back some 3 miles, when I found myself
again attacked more furiously than before. At this place the saber
companies (mounted), under command of Capt. George C. Graves,
did great havoc with their carbines. At one time 8 horses came into
his lines with empty saddles. Here again I was compelled to
dismount all my rifles, and it was with the greatest difficulty that I got
my led horses and howitzers out of the timber in time to save them. My
men on foot had become so completely exhausted that I felt sure at one
time that one-half of them must be captured.

Lieut. P. L. Reed, who commands the battery, saved one piece in
a heroic manner. The two lead horses having been killed in a narrow
lane, he was compelled to dismount men and bring off one piece for
some distance. Having seen the enemy on both flanks, I sent to
Capt.'s Queal and Horton to fall back with their dismounted men as
fast as possible, but they had traveled so far that they were nearly
exhausted.

Although I had given notice that my command was hard pressed and
that I was in great need of re-enforcements, I had been unable to get
assistance. Notwithstanding the exhausted condition of the men, they
were brought off in the most heroic manner by Capts. C. C. Horton and
Paul A. Queal, who pressed in the rear and on both flanks, repulsed
the enemy in the rear, and drove back their flanks until they had made
good their escape.

On no occasion have I witnessed more determined coolness than on
this. There are many officers and soldiers who deserve personal
compliment for gallant conduct in the action, but the short space I am
allowed here forbids that I should say more than that all, both officers
and men, were never more gallant than on this occasion.

After the regiment had reached a point of safety we were relieved by
the Ninth Illinois Cavalry, who acted as rear guard for the balance of
the day. At night camped near Okolona.

Passed Okolona early on the morning of the 22d, taking the road to
Pontotoc. When we had marched some 10 miles on this road, orders
were given that a line should be formed by the Second Brigade that the
other two brigades might pass by.

By instructions from Brig. Gen. B. H. Grierson, my command
was formed upon a high ridge, the riflemen lying close to the ground
and the saber companies formed on the right and left flanks to guard
against being outflanked. Until this time the enemy had apparently had
their own way until they formed themselves within half circles, where
bullets from the five-shooting rifles like hail. They were easily checked,
but pursued continuously for some time afterward.

Capt. Chas. P. Moore, Company K, who guarded the right flank,
and Lieut. Hamilton, Company M, on the left flank, are deserving
of great praise for the part performed by them on this occasion.

About 3 p. m. I was ordered by Gen. Grierson to use my regiment as
flankers, and guard the left flank, as a column could then be seen
threatening the command in that direction. By some misunderstanding
one battalion was left flanking late at night, while the balance had
flanked along until it reached the head of the column. The result was
that one battalion was in rear and the balance in front, and all in
compliance with orders. On reaching the front was ordered by Gen.
Grierson to move on until a suitable place could be found on which to
halt the command.

At 4 a. m. of 23d, the command was again in motion on the Pontotoc
[road]. During the forepart of the day a small force followed the rear
guard to New Albany, where the pursuit by the enemy appears to have
ceased.

Nothing of material interest took place until we arrived at Germantown,
Tenn., on the afternoon of the 26th.

The casualties during the entire scout were as follows: First day (20th
February), 1 killed, 5 wounded; second day (21st February), 6 killed,
18 wounded, 8 missing; third day (22d February), 1 killed, 4 wounded,
3 missing. Total, 8 killed, 27 wounded, 11 missing. Total, 46.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DATUS E. COON,
Maj., Second Iowa Cavalry, Cmdg. Regt.

First Lieut. W. SCOTT BELDEN,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

Source: Official Records
CHAP. XLIV.] THE MERIDIAN EXPEDITION. PAGE 398-57
[Series I. Vol. 32. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 57.]

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Good evening, I found this site simply by luck. I am attempting to put together all of the information I have on my two Iowa families for all of the generations to come. My first great-grandfather was David Sharp from DesMoines who served two times ... the second as a replacement. He was in the 18th Regiment, Co. I from 7/1862 to 3/1863 and was released due to illness. He then re-enlisted as a replacement in 15th Regiment, Co. B from 10/23/1864 to June 30, 1865. I have received copies of his records, including everything he had to go through to get a Disability Pension. Such interesting info ... Someone in our family has intimated that he was actually a flag-bearer for General Sherman on his infamous March to the Sea. Are there records which might indicate this? Also, does anyone know if there are actual photos of these various Regiments? In writing Mr. Sharp's history, I only want to include "real" facts! I have not begun gathering all of my information on my other great-grandfather, Jacob Hahnen (or Hahnenkratt). He was with the 2nd Iowa Cavalry. I have a ton of official information including all of his medical info as he was wounded in Mississippi, I believe. (Don't have info with me right now.) As I gather that, I am certain I will have more questions! (Do have an enlistment photo of him, which I treasure). So good to be able to read all of the postings ... I look forward to learning so much more! Thanks so much for reading this ... Nancy (Hahnen) McCormick
The following is from the 18th Iowa regiment's history, covering the time frame your other ancestor was with them :

This regiment was mustered in Aug 5, 6 and 7, 1862. Soon
after it moved to Springfield via St. Louis and Sedalia,
joined the Army of the Southwest under Schofield and marched
through Missouri into Arkansas. Returning to Springfield, it
formed a part of the garrison there during the winter.

On Jan. 8, 1863, Marmaduke's forces, numbering over 5,000 men,
attacked the garrison, which consisted of not to exceed 1,500
men the 18th being the only regular organization there, with
detachments of several Missouri regiments, citizens and quite
a number of convalescents in the hospitals. The fight
commenced about noon and continued with varying success until
almost night, the enemy gaining ground at times only to lose
it by some daring charge, the tide being turned just before
dark by the coming up of five companies of the 18th, which had
been stationed at an outpost. They entered into the fight
with such energy that the enemy was driven into a stockade at
the outskirts of town and declined to give battle the
following day, having lost more than 200 in killed and
wounded. The loss of the regiment was 56 in killed and
wounded and the loss of the entire Union force was about 200.
 
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Someone in our family has intimated that he was actually a flag-bearer for General Sherman on his infamous March to the Sea. Are there records which might indicate this?
It's possible, yes. If you can find a roster sometimes those charged with carrying the flag would be indicated as a color bearer or color guard.

I didn't find him listed in the 15th Iowa, but he is shown in the 18th Iowa in the Report to the Adjutant General of Iowa.
https://archive.org/stream/report1861186700iowa#page/678/mode/2up
 
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There are several Civil War Round Tables in Iowa with members that could answer your questions or provide research assistance. If you would list your town or location, I will locate the closest Round Table for you.
 

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Welcome from Baltimore.

You've come to a good place for help in your research. CWT have been very kind and very helpful to me when I began a similar research project.
 

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