9th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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9th Iowa Infantry Regiment
Active September 24, 1861 – July 18, 1865
Country  United States
Branch Union
Type Infantry
Size Regiment

American Civil War

Disbanded July 18, 1865

The 9th Iowa Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 9th Iowa Infantry was organized at Dubuque, Iowa and mustered into Federal service on September 24, 1861. The Honorable William Vandever, Representative from the 2nd Congressional District, Iowa, was authorized by President Lincoln to organize this regiment from the counties in his district, and he was commissioned by Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood as its first Colonel.[1]

Service History:[2]

The regiment was mustered out on July 18, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Total strength and casualties[edit]

Total enrolment was 1,440. The regiment lost 12 officers and 142 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 2 officers and 230 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 386 fatalities.[3] 385 were wounded.

Companies with the Counties of Origin[4][edit]

Company A - enrolled in Jackson County, Iowa
Company B - enrolled in Jones County, Iowa
Company C - enrolled in Dubuque County, Iowa
Company D - enrolled in Jones County, Iowa
Company E - enrolled in Clayton County, Iowa
Company F - enrolled in Fayette County, Iowa
Company G - enrolled in Black Hawk County, Iowa; Bremer County, Iowa
Company H - enrolled in Winneshiek County, Iowa
Company I - enrolled in Howard County, Iowa
Company K - enrolled in Linn County, Iowa

Notable Officers[edit]

  • William Vandever. Residence Dubuque. Appointed Colonel Aug. 30, 1861. Mustered Sept. 24, 1861. Promoted Brigadier General, March 16, 1863. Resigned March 16, 1863. Brevet Major General June 7, 1865[1]
  • Francis J. Herron. Residence Dubuque. Appointed Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 10, 1861. Mustered Sept. 24, 1861. Wounded March 7, 1862, Peas Ridge, Ark. Promoted Brigadier General July 30, 1862; Major General Nov. 29, 1863.[1]
  • David Carskaddon. Residence Marion, nativity Ohio. Enlisted Sept. 14, 1861. Appointed Captain Sept. 24, 1861. Mustered Sept. 24, 1861. Promoted Colonel March 19, 1863. Wounded slightly July 29, 1864, Atlanta, Ga. Discharged for disability Dec. 29, 1864.[1][5]
  • William H. Coyl. Residence Decorah. Appointed Major Aug 30, 1861. Mustered Sept 24, 1861. Wounded in shoulder severely March 7, 1862, Pea Ridge, Ark. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1862; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel March 13, 1865; Major and Judge Advocate May 18, 1865[1]
  • William Scott. Residence Independence, nativity England. Appointed Adjutant Sept 2, 1861, from Second Lieutenant of company C. Mustered Sept. 24, 1861. Wounded in leg March 7, 1862, Pea Ridge Ark. Resigned for ill health Oct. 11, 1862[1]
  • Ferdinand S. Winslow. Residence Marion. Appointed Quartermaster Sept. 4, 1861. Mustered Sept. 24, 1861. Promoted Assistant United States Quartermaster, with rank as Captain, Jan. 30, 1862.[1]
  • Jerome Bradley. Residence Dubuque, nativity Massachusetts. Appointed Quartermaster March 16, 1862 from Second Lieutenant of Battery. Commission declined March 16, 1862. Appears to have been appointed Captain A.Q.M. Volunteers Feb 19, 1863. See Official Army Registers, 1861-1867[1]
  • Benjamin McClure. Appointed Surgeon Sept. 19, 1861. Mustered Oct. 11, 1861. Promoted Assistant Surgeon of Volunteers Feb 4, 1864; Surgeon of Volunteers Sept. 30, 1864.[1]

Medal of Honor Awardee[edit]

Sergeant James M. Elson (later Lieutenant)[6] received the Medal of Honor for his action during the Siege of Vicksburg. His citation notes that Elson, "Carried the colors in advance of his regiment and was shot down while attempting to plant them on the enemy's works." [7]

See also[edit]