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in the American Civil War
|Eleventh Iowa Infantry. Cols., Abraham M. Hare, William Hall;
Lieut.-Cols., William Hall, John C. Abercrombie, Charles Foster, Benjamin Beach; Majs.,
John C. Abercrombie, Charles Foster, John C. Marven. This regiment was organized at Camp
McClellan, near Davenport, and was mustered in at different dates from Sept. 28 to Oct.
18, 1861. It left the state on Nov. 16 for St. Louis and was the first regiment to leave
Iowa fully uniformed. It accompanied an expedition to Boonville in December and captured a
large amount of gunpowder. Two similar movements closed the season's work for the
regiment. Five companies moved to the town of California, the others to Fulton and passed
the winter at these places. On March 10, 1862, the regiment moved to Pittsburg landing
where it was brigaded with Col. Richard Oglesby's command. It took part at Shiloh and lost
over 200 in killed and wounded, more than 30 being killed outright, and Maj. Abercrombie
was severely wounded. Its brigade at that battle was commanded by Col. Hare. It took part
in the movement upon Corinth and formed part of the garrison there after its evacuation
until ordered to Bolivar, Tenn., with its brigade some three months later, from which
place it made several expeditions and participated in a battle near there. Returning to
Corinth it participated in the battle in October; afterward moved into central Mississippi
with Grant; returned to Holly Springs; proceeded thence to Lafayette, Memphis and Young's
point; and in February to Lake Providence where it assisted in digging the canal between
that point and the river. Col. Hall, who had succeeded Col. Hare on the latter's
resignation, was placed in command of the brigade, and Lieut. -Col. Abercrombie took
command of the regiment. After Vicksburg's surrender it went into camp. It accompanied the
expedition to Monroe, from the effects of which half the command were worn out, with
little return for the hardships sustained. In Feb., 1864, the regiment joined in the
Meridian raid. Nearly all of the men having reenlisted as veterans, they were given
furlough home in the early spring. On the return the regiment joined Sherman's army at
Acworth, Ga. It fought at Kennesaw mountain, took part in the operations at Nickajack
creek, and from there to Atlanta was constantly engaged in skirmishing. At Atlanta it was
heavily engaged in July and it fought at Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station, losing during
the campaign 218 in killed and wounded one half of its available strength. Maj.
Foster died from the effects of wounds received at Atlanta. It proceeded to Savannah with
the army; sailed from there to Beaufort, S. C, in Jan., 1865; took part in the march
through the Carolinas; was engaged in several minor affairs and at the battle of
Bentonville; moved to Goldsboro and Raleigh; took part in the grand review at Washington,
and was mustered out at Louisville in July, 1865. Its original strength was 931; gain by
recruits, 91; total, 1,022.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4
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