History of the 2d Iowa Infantry
Regiment: 2nd Infantry Regiment IA
Date Mustered: 12 July 1865
Regiment Type: Infantry
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 12
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 108
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 4
Second Infantry.-Cols., Samuel R. Curtis, James M. Tuttle,
James Baker, Noah W. Mills, James B. Weaver, Noel B. Howard;
Lieut.Cols., James M. Tuttle, Marcellus M. Crocker, James
Baker, Noah W. Mills, Henry R. Cowles, Noel B. Howard; Majs.,
Marcellus M. Crocker, Norton P. Chipman, James B. Weaver, Noel
B. Howard, Mathew H. Hamill. This regiment was organized at
Keokuk in April and May, 1861, the first regiment of three-
years men organized in the state and the first to take the
field from Iowa. It was mustered in May 27-28 and left the
state at daylight June 13 for St. Joseph, Mo., where it
remained on railroad guard duty and aided in maintaining order
until the latter part of July. Moving to Bird's Point, it
remained there until the latter part of October on similar
service. The climate was such that on its removal to St. Louis
the number of men fit for duty was only about 400. Col. Curtis
having been promoted to brigadier-general,, Lieut.-Col. Tuttle
was commissioned colonel, Maj. Crocker was made lieutenant-
colonel, but soon afterward was commissioned colonel of the
13th regiment and was succeeded by Lieut.-Col. Baker, promoted
from the captaincy of Co. G. The regiment remained in St.
Louis during the winter, engaged in the duty of guarding
prisoners and recuperating. An unfortunate incident here led
to an unjust order, the regiment being marched in public
disgrace from its quarters to the levee for embarkation to Fort
Donelson without music and with its colors furled, the reason
being that some one had crept into the "museum" of McDowell
college, at that time used as a prison, and carried away some
stuffed rabbits, etc. The culprit not being discovered the
regiment was held to be guilty of the crime under the
peculiar canons then prevailing in military circles and
suffered accordingly. At Fort Donelson it splendidly redeemed
itself as a part of Lauman's brigade, which stormed the enemy's
works on the left, the regiment leading the column, planting
its flag within the outer works, pouring a murderous fire into
the opposing lines, and compelling the enemy to seek his inner
lines. Even Halleck, who had approved the unmerited disgrace,
telegraphed commendations. After the surrender the 2nd was
awarded the post of honor and was first to enter Fort Donelson.
But it had paid dearly with 41 killed and 157 wounded out of
630 in action. It participated at the battle of Shiloh, its
brigade repulsing several assaults and the regiment losing
about 80 in killed and wounded. It took part in the siege of
Corinth and in the pursuit of Beauregard's forces, later
marched to Iuka, but did not take part in the battle. Col.
Tuttle was promoted brigadier-general, Lieut.-Col. Baker was
commissioned colonel and was succeeded by Capt. N. W. Mills.
James B. Weaver was appointed major. In the battle of Corinth
in October it made a brave charge, Col. Baker falling mortally
wounded on the first day and Lieut.-Col. Mills on the second
day. The regiment's loss was 108 in killed, wounded and
missing out of 346 engaged. The regiment moved to La Grange,
Tenn., and to Pulaski in October, going into winter quarters.
On Dec. 9 it marched to Tuscumbia, Ala., in pursuit of raiders,
but returned on the 23d after one of the hardest marches in its
history. Maj. Weaver had been commissioned colonel upon the
death of his superior officers at Corinth, Capt. Henry R.
Cowles succeeding as lieutenant-colonel, and Capt. N. B. Howard
was promoted to major. About the first of 1864 the regiment
reenlisted as a veteran organization. Leaving Pulaski on April
29, 1864, it joined the army in the movement toward Atlanta,
skirmished at Snake Creek gap, fought at Resaca, and other
points, and took part in the siege and battle of Atlanta. At
Jonesboro, with the 7th Ia. it cleared the way through a
fortified position for the cavalry. The non-veterans having
been mustered out on May 22 the regiment had but six companies
during this campaign, Lieut.-Col. Howard commanding. Its
numbers were augmented at Atlanta by the addition of the three
remaining companies of the 3rd Ia. and Lieut.-Col. Howard was
promoted colonel. It moved with the army toward Savannah, was
in a lively engagement at the Ogeechee river, in which the
enemy were soon put to flight, and moved into Savannah two
weeks later. In the march through the Carolinas it was engaged
at Columbia and again at Lynch's creek, which closed its
fighting history. After moving to Goldsboro, thence to Raleigh
Petersburg and Richmond, it proceeded to Washington City.
where it took part in the grand review. It was mustered out at
Louisville. The regiment's original strength was 998; gain by
recruits 223; unassigned recruits 26; total 1,247.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4
- Fought at Russellville, AL.
- Fought on 15 July 1861 at Charlton Bridge, MO.
- Fought on 20 August 1861 at Ironton, MO.
- Fought on 15 February 1862 at Fort Donelson, TN.
- Fought on 05 April 1862 at Shiloh, TN.
- Fought on 06 April 1862 at Shiloh, TN.
- Fought on 10 May 1862 at Corinth, MS.
- Fought on 30 August 1862 at Jonesboro, GA.
- Fought on 03 October 1862 at Corinth, MS.
- Fought on 04 October 1862 at Corinth, MS.
- Fought on 05 October 1862 at Corinth, MS.
- Fought on 31 October 1862.
- Fought on 20 December 1862 at Holly Springs, MS.
- Fought on 09 February 1863.
- Fought on 07 July 1863 at Corinth, MS.
- Fought on 19 October 1863 at Corinth, MS.
- Fought on 27 May 1864 at Dallas, GA.
- Fought on 28 May 1864 at Dallas, GA.
- Fought on 29 May 1864 at Dallas, GA.
- Fought on 04 July 1864 at Nickajack Creek, GA.
- Fought on 22 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 23 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 24 July 1864 at Rome, GA.
- Fought on 27 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 04 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 05 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 08 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 10 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 11 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 12 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 14 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 18 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 19 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 20 August 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
- Fought on 30 August 1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
- Fought on 31 August 1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
- Fought on 17 November 1864 at Ocnykgee River, GA.
- Fought on 24 November 1864 at Clinton, GA.
- Fought on 07 December 1864 at Eden Station, GA.
- Fought on 11 December 1864 at Anderson's Plantation, GA.
- Fought on 09 February 1865.
- Fought on 23 February 1865.
- Fought on 24 February 1865 at Camden, SC.
- Fought on 26 February 1865 at Lynch Creek, SC.
- Fought on 03 March 1865 at Cheraw, SC.
- Fought on 10 March 1865 at Fayetteville, NC.
- Fought on 13 March 1865.
- Fought on 17 March 1865.
- Fought on 19 March 1865.
- Fought on 21 March 1865.
- Fought on 22 March 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
- Fought on 25 March 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
- Fought on 27 March 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
- Fought on 31 March 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
- Fought on 10 April 1865