1st Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry

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1st Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry
Flag of Iowa.svg
Iowa state flag
Active July 30, 1861, to March 16, 1866
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Cavalry
Equipment Sharps Carbine, Saber
Engagements Battle of Roan's Tan Yard
Battle of Prairie Grove

The 1st Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry was an cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Service[edit]

The first Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa and mustered in for three years of Federal service between July 30, and September 12, 1862. Unusually for a Union cavalry regiment, the members of the regiment provided their own horses and equipment. The first Iowa was the first three-year cavalry regiment accepted for Federal service during the war.

The regiment was mustered out on February 15, 1866, while on Reconstruction duty in Austin, Texas, and discharged for state service on March 16, 1866.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

A total of 2115 men served in the 1st Iowa at one time or another during its existence.[1] It suffered 2 officers and 56 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 2 officers and 233 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 293 fatalities.[2]

Commanders[edit]

  • Colonel Fitz Henry Warren
  • Colonel James O. Gower
  • Colonel Anderson
  • Colonel William Thompson
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander G. McQueen[3]
  • Major William M. G. Torrence - commanded a battalion of the 1st Iowa Cavalry and ranking Union officer at the battle of Roan's Tan Yard

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/books/logan/mil601.htm Iowa Genweb Iowa in the Civil War Project after Logan, Guy E., Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion, Vol. 1
  2. ^ http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/uniacav.htm#1stcav The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  3. ^ Iowa Genweb Iowa in the Civil War Project after Logan, Guy E., Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion, Vol. 1

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