Here are a few CDVs from some boys who were members of the 8th Iowa – fought at Nashville and Franklin.

Abner McClure

Residence Kossuth IA; 18 years old.

Enlisted on 7/29/1863 as a Private.

On 9/2/1863 he mustered into “D” Co. IA 8th Cavalry

He was Mustered Out on 8/13/1865 at Macon, GA

Other Information: born in Iowa

Information about the 8th Iowa Cavalry

Organized: Davenport, IA on 9/30/63
Mustered Out: 8/13/65

Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 3
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 2
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 37
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 116
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)

William Christy, born in Ohio, was a Capt. in Co, D, 8th Iowa Cavalry.

Residence Osceola IA; 22 years old.

Enlisted on 6/25/1863 as a Sergt Major.

On 9/30/1863 he mustered into Field & Staff IA 8th Cavalry.

He was Mustered Out on 8/13/1865 at Macon, GA

He was listed as:
* POW 7/30/1864 Lovejoy Station, GA
* Wounded 7/30/1864 Lovejoy Station, GA
* Paroled 12/15/1864 Annapolis, MD (Estimated day)

Promotions:
* 2nd Lieut 7/15/1864 (As of Co. D)
* 1st Lieut 1/29/1865
* Capt 6/24/1865

Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
* 7/15/1864 from Field & Staff to company D

Other Information: born in Ohio

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.

John H. Walkinshaw, from Macon, GA

Residence listed as Linton, IA; 19 years old.

Enlisted on 7/29/1863 as a Private.

On 9/2/1863 he mustered into “D” Co. IA 8th Cavalry

He was Mustered Out on 8/13/1865 at Macon, GA

Other Information: born in Ohio

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.

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The Regimental History

Eighth Cavalry. Cols., Joseph B. Dorr, Horatio G. Barner; Lieut.-Col., Horatio G. Barner, Majs., J. J. Brown, James D. Thompson, A. J. Price, Richard Root, John H. Isett, E. Shurtz, J. W. Moore, John Dance, George W. Burns.

The 8th cavalry saw little of real war until the spring of 1864, when it started with Sherman in the celebrated campaign for Atlanta. The regiment had been organized late in the previous autumn at Davenport. It left Iowa in the middle of October and by the middle of November was stationed at Waverly and other points west of Nashville, Tenn., where it remained on guard and garrison duty all the winter, with little opportunity for showing the pluck of its soldiers and no chance at all for distinction.

May-day, 1864, brought on the new campaign, and the 8th IA was made a part of the 1st brigade of McCook’s division of cavalry. In all that arduous campaign the regiment was constantly at the front, and when the Confederates, after weeks of constant skirmishing and battles, at last fell back behind the Chattahoochee, the 8th Iowa cavalry was the first troop across the river after them. So the fighting and the skirmishing went on around Atlanta, and then came that luckless raid of Gen. McCook’s to the Macon railroad, in which the regiment was captured near Newnan, only a few escaping through the woods to tell how heroically the command had tried to save itself.

The late autumn found Col. Dorr exchanged, and with his regiment, again ready for battle against Gen. Hood, who was then invading Tennessee. It was engaged near Franklin, but quietly fell back with the main army to take an important part in the great battle and victory of Nashville. It participated in a charge on the first day of the battle and in the rapid pursuit of Hood, in which the whole Confederate army was nearly annihilated, the 8th cavalry did its full share of hard riding.

Late in March, 1865, the regiment was at Chickasaw, Ala., eager to join the other Iowa cavalry there in the grandest raid of the war — the march of Wilson to Selma, Columbus and Macon. On Aug. 13, the regiment was mustered out at Macon and started for Iowa, its honorable and patriotic career complete.Its losses were as follows: deaths from battle, 16; deaths from disease 168; wounded, 15; discharged, 64.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4

To learn more about Iowa in the Civil War visit these sites:

http://iowa-counties.com/civilwar/f_index.htm

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