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Alden Lane

Birthplace: OH, United States
Death: July 07, 1875 (44)
Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Place of Burial: Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Pittman Lane and Susannah Lane
Husband of Elizabeth Lane and Diana Palmer Lane
Father of Agustine Lane; William David Lane; Alvah Lane; Charles Aden Lane; Anne Elizabeth Lane and 4 others
Brother of Leanah James; Sarah Jane Kenton; Morris Augustus Lane; Mary Louise Lane; Alonzo Hamilton Lane and 1 other

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About Alden Lane

Name: Alden Lane Residence: Van Buren County, Iowa Enlistment Date: 29 Feb 1864 Side Served: Union State Served: Iowa Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 29 February 1864 at the age of 23. Enlisted in Company G, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Iowa on 16 Mar 1864. Mustered Out Company G, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Iowa on 9 Aug 1865 at Atlanta, GA.

Third Cavalry. Cols., Cyrus Bussey, Henry C. Caldwell, John W. Noble, Lieut.-Cols., Henry H. Trimble, Henry C. Caldwell, John W. Noble, George Duffield, Benjamin S. Jones; Majs., Carlton H. Perry, Henry C. Caldwell, William C. Drake, George Duffield, Oliver H. P. Scott, John W. Noble, Gilman C. Mudgett, Benjamin S. Jones, John C. McCrary, Peter H. Walker, Cornelius A. Stanton, George Curkendall. This regiment, more than 1,000 strong, was raised, organized and equipped by Col. Cyrus Bussey at the request of Maj.-Gen. Fremont. Col. Bussey was a cavalry officer of the first order and his command was thoroughly drilled and disciplined while at Benton barracks in the early winter of 1861. Cos. E, F. G and H were sent to Jefferson City on Dec. 12, and nearly two years passed away before the gallant command was again united.

Early in Feb. 1862, the remainder of the regiment, eight companies, was ordered to Rolla, where another division occurred Cos. I and K being sent to garrison the town of Salem. At Springfield Co. L was detailed to garrison the town while the remainder of the regiment marched on through severe cold and without rations till it joined Gen. Curtis at Sugar creek. The regiment's first engagement was in beating off the Confederates who were attacking Sigel at Bentonville.

Then came the ever memorable battle of Pea Ridge, where out of 235 men engaged the regiment lost 25 killed, 17 wounded and 9 missing. In the severe little battle of Salem, the two companies left to guard that place were engaged and rendered effective service. The summer of 1862 and the winter following were spent by the regiment in active service, although it participated in none of the more noted combats. During the siege of Vicksburg it was prominent among the Federal forces and after the surrender accompanied Gen. Sherman's army, then moving to attack Joe Johnston. In the disastrous fight at Guntown, Miss., the 3rd and 4th IA cavalry not only fought bravely and splendidly, resisting desperate charges, but they saved the army on the disastrous retreat. They twice repulsed the enemy in the main conflict and fired the last gun in the retreat. For 54 hours the men were in the saddle, fighting the greater part of the time without forage for their horses or food for themselves.

At Ripley, on the retreat, the 3rd was again under severe fire and bravely resisted superior numbers of the victorious Confederate army, checking and defeating them. The regiment lost some 60 or 70 men in the unfortunate expedition, the only feature of which that redeemed it from disgrace being the heroism of the cavalry brigade. Scarcely was the regiment in camp at Memphis before it was ordered to march against Forrest again, this time with the expedition of Gen. A. J. Smith to Tupelo, and at Oldtown, the day after the battle of Tupelo, in a splendid charge it won new laurels for itself and the state.

In October, the regiment joined Gen. Pleasonton near Independence, Mo., just as an engagement was going on. It was at once led into the conflict and fought till 10 o'clock that night, driving the enemy for several miles into Kansas. Early the next morning was fought the battle of the Big Blue, in which the regiment participated in a magnificent charge that drove the enemy and resulted in the capture of several battleflags, prisoners and other trophies of victory. The regiment lost about 20 men. A swift and terrible pursuit of the enemy was made and on the morning of the 25th the cavalry charged on and routed a strong force from its chosen position, practically ending the career of Price's flying army. In this campaign the 3rd cavalry lost nearly 50 men.

By the first of the year 1865, the two parts of the regiment were united at Louisville, where they were at once remounted and newly equipped to take part in the last campaign of the war, the great raid of Gen. Wilson, in which it bore an honorable and conspicuous part. On April 21 the regiment reached Macon, GA, with the rest of the expeditionary forces and there learned that the cruel war had come to an end. It was soon after mustered out and reached home on May 15.

It lost during its service, in deaths from battle, 86; deaths from disease, 230; wounded, 163; discharged, 308.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4

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Alden Lane's Timeline

February 19, 1831
OH, United States
April 24, 1854
Iowa, United States
July 23, 1857
October 26, 1858
IA, United States
May 6, 1860
February 24, 1862
Iowa, United States
Iowa, United States