I visited a relic store in Decatur, GA recently and found this 2nd Iowa Cav GAR badge. It goes nicely with the tintype I recently sold of Milton Sweet, a 2nd Iowa Cav soldier. The 2nd Iowa Cav was part of the Battle of Franklin, especially Hood’s Retreat.
The badge (right) is for sale for $75.00. The image of Sweet (left) is sold.
Second Cavalry. Cols., Washington L. Elliott, Edward Hatch, Datus E. Coon, Lieut.-Cols., Edward Hatch, William P. Hepburn, Charles C. Horton; Majs., Edward Hatch, William P. Hepburn, Datus E. Coon, Hiram W. Love, Frank A. Kendrick, William W. Eaton, Charles C. Horton, Gustavus Schnitzer, Charles P. Moore, Samuel Foster.
The 2nd cavalry was mustered in at Davenport Aug. 25, 1861,
But by the middle of November it was engaged in the hardest campaign of its history — resisting Hood’s invasion of Tennessee. With headquarters near Florence, Ala., it watched and fought his advance step by – step, formed with Coon’s brigade the rear-guard of the Federal army as it fell back to Franklin, and in the battle there played an important part on the left. Then followed the battle of Nashville, in which the gallant regiment, with the whole of Hatch’s division, dismounted and fought as infantry, storming and capturing forts and driving the enemy in dismay. This was the regiment’s last active campaign.
Dec. 17 Action, West Harpeth River
ILLINOIS–3d, 6th, 7th, 9th and 16th Cavalry;
Battery “I,” 1st Light Arty.
INDIANA–9th, 10th and 11th Cavalry.
IOWA–2d and 5th Cavalry.
14th Indpt. Battery Light Arty.
PENNSYLVANIA –19th Cavalry.
TENNESSEE–1st, 2d, 4th, 10th and 12th Cavalry.
UNITED STATES–4th Cavalry.
Official records citation (TN)
Source: web site
Note: above list does not include 12th MO Cav