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21st Iowa Infantry (USA), US Civil War

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  • (USA), Ransom Henry Gile (1836 - 1916)
    Ransom Henry Gile enlisted April 5, 1862 with the Co. A 21st Reg. Iowa Vol. Inf. Birth: Jun. 3, 1836 Massachusetts, USA Death: Mar. 7, 1916 Scandia Republic County Kansas, USARansom was the son of El...
  • William Brady, (USA) (1842 - 1926)
    William Brady (Union)Biographical data and notes:- Born in IowaEnlistment:- Residing in Earlville, IA at time of enlistment- 21 years of age at time of enlistment- Enlisted on Aug 14 1862 as PrivateMus...

The 21st Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Franklin in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 9, 1862 and mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 15, 1865. More than 76,000 Iowans served in the Civil War, 13,001 died; more volunteers, per capita, than any other state. Here's a brief history of the 21st Iowa Regiment.

Important Battles (* Vicksburg campaign ** Mobile campaign)

  • Hartville, MO
  • Port Gibson, MS *
  • Champion's Hill, MS *
  • Black River Bridge, MS *
  • Siege of Vicksburg, MS *
  • Siege of Jackson, MS *
  • Spanish Fort, AL **
  • Fort Blakely, AL **

81 soldiers in the 21st Iowa Regiment died of wounds during the Civil War. Twice as many, 169, died of disease. During the Vicksburg campaign, the 2nd Brigade of Carr's Division (21st, 22nd, 23rd Iowa & 11th Wisconsin Regiments) distinguished themselves by driving the Confederates from their entrenchments at Black River Bridge, opening an unimpeded route for Grant's army to envelope Vicksburg.