Here is a tintype of Milton H. Sweet, from Brighton, Iowa. He was 23 years old when he enlisted as a private 8/1/61. He mustered in to Company A. He re-enlisted 3/28/64 and mustered out in September 1865.
Shortly after joining Company A, Milton was promoted to 7th Corporal. He saw several more promotions, ending as Commissary Sergeant.
The 2nd Iowa Cavalry fought in many engagements in the Civil War, including Shiloh, Franklin and Nashville. They were significantly engaged in Hood’s retreat on Dec 17th at the Battle of Little Harpeth.
At Franklin, the 2nd Iowa was in Hatch’s 5th Division, 2nd Brigade (Coon), and fought alongside the 6th, 7th and 9th Illinois Cavalry, as well as the 12th Tennessee Cavalry. They were placed on the Union right flank.
Image copyright 2011, The Kraig McNutt Civil War Collection