2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry

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Brief History

This Unit was organized at Keokuk and mustered in May 27, 1861.[1] They mustered out July 12 at Louisville, Kentucky.[2] They were discharged at Davenport, Iowa, July 20, 1865. [3]

For more information on the history of this unit, see:

  • History of Guthrie and Adair counties, Iowa: together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of old settlers and representative citizen, (Springfield, Illinois : Continental Historical Co., 1884), Online.

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,759 men on its roster for this unit. Roster. This unit is listed as 'UIA0002RC'.

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - enrolled in Lee County

Company B - enrolled in Scott County

Company C - enrolled in Scott County

Company D - enrolled in Polk County

Company E - enrolled in Jefferson County

Company F - enrolled in Van Buren County

Company G - enrolled in Davis County

Company H - enrolled in Washington County

Company I - enrolled in Clinton County

Company K - enrolled in Wapello Count. Many men also found in Wapello County[4]Roster.


Information about the companies and their counties comes from Iowa. Adjutant General's Office, Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, (Des Moines [Iowa]: F.W. Palmer, 1863), pages 35-87. FHL book 977.7 M25ag.

Rosters are also listed in this book.

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Iowa in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Iowa in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Iowa, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • McCoid, Moses Ayers. The charge of the Second Iowa at Fort Donelson. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6084494.
  • Prill, Mary Barnes. Company E, 2nd Iowa Infantry Regiment. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990), FHL film 1674032 Item 19.
  • Twombly, Voltair P. The Second Iowa Infantry at Fort Donelson, February 15, 1862 : together with an outline history of the regiment from its organization at Keokuk, Iowa, May 27, 1861 to final discharge at Davenport, Iowa, July 20, 1865. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1993), FHL fiche 6084495.

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
  2. History of Guthrie and Adair counties, Iowa : together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of old settlers and representative citizen, (Springfield, Illinois : Continental Historical Co., 1884), Online, page 97.
  3. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
  4. Harrison L. Waterman, ed., History of Wapello County Iowa. (Chicago: S.J. Pub., 1914) v.1 page 355. Internet Archive