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Black Hawk County, Iowa

Big Creek Township

Ephraim Smelser - residence: Cedar Falls, Iowa
enlisted 12 Aug 1862; 19 years old
mustered in 12 Oct 1862
Co B, 31st Iowa Infantry - Union
killed 5 Feb 1865 at Babbin's Plantation in SC while foraging
 
Ephraim Smelser - residence: Vinton, Iowa
enlisted 4 Aug 1862 as a 4th Corporal; 42 years old.
mustered in 2 Sep 1862
Co A, 28th Iowa Infantry - Union
mustered out 16 May 1865 @ Davenport, Iowa
Pensioned @ $8 per month because of chronic diarrhea.  Lived in Osceola, NE at time of pension.
 
Henry L. Smelser
(born c1833  in Indiana) residence:  La Porte City, IA
(wife Susannah Good b c1836)
enlisted 15 Aug 1862 - 29 years old
mustered in 26 Sep 1862
Co D, 31st Iowa Infantry - Union
promoted to 7thCorporal and promoted to 8th Corporal 1 Feb 1863
died 23 Sep 1863 @ St. Louis, MO
buried in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO.  Section 33, grave 46
 
John Smelser
(son of Henry Smelser and Betsy King) residence: La Porte City, IA
(born Oct 1826 in TN)
enlisted 15 Aug 1862; 36 years old
Co D, 31st Iowa Infantry - Union
died after war 1917
(probate # 5754)
widow - Mary A. Hogshire b c1830 in OH
 
 
William Smelser - residence: La Porte City, Iowa
(born 17 Jan 1829),
enlisted 15 Aug 1862; age 33 years old
mustered in 26 Sep 1862
Co D, 31st Iowa Infantry - Union
died 17 Aug 1865 @ West Virginia
(probate #277)
widow - Margaret Cotton

****SOURCE - SOME VETERANS WHO LIVED, DIED, OR ARE BURIED IN BIG CREEK TOWNSHIP by Fay (Morehouse) Medhaug****

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Muscatine County, Iowa

Conrad Schmeltzer - age 31 - residence Muscatine, nativity Pennsylvania
enlisted 15 Aug 1862
mustered in 29 Aug 1862
Co B, 35th Iowa Infantry - Union
mustered out 10 Aug 1865 @Davenport, Iowa
 
William Schmelzer - age 18, residence Muscatine, nativity Germany
enlisted 18 Aug 1862,
mustered in 3 Sep 1865
Co C, 35th Iowa Infantry
Discharged for disability  180 Mar 1863 @ Cairo, IL
Re-enlisted for service 6 Nov 1863
mustered in 6 Nov 1863
transferred 20 July 1865 to Co A, 12th Iowa Infantry
 
 
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Scott County, Iowa

Andreas Schmelzle
also listed as Andrew Smelzle in National Archives Index
enlisted 17 Sep 1861 - residence Davenport, IA (26 yrs old)
mustered in 2 Nov 1861
Co B, 16th Iowa Infantry - Union
listed as POW 22 Jul 1864 in Atlanta, GA
mustered out 19 Jul 1865 @ Louisville, KY
(source - Historical Data Systems Inc.)
 
William Schmelzer
enlisted 6 Nov 1863 as a private (19 yrs old)
born in Germany
mustered in 6 Nov 1863
Co A, 12th Iowa Infantry - Union
mustered out 19 Aug 1865 @ Davenport, IA
(source - Historical Data Systems Inc.)
 
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Washington County, Iowa
Cleophas Smelser - residence Yatton, IA (19 yrs old)
physical descripton: eyes - hazel, hair brown, complexion - lite, ht - 6 ft, wt - 215 lb
enlisted 13 Jun 1861
mustered in 1 Aug 1861
Co F, 1st Iowa Cavalry - Union
re-enlisted Co F, 1st Cavalry - 1 Jan 1864
mustered out 15 Feb 1866 @ Austin, TX
Promoted to 1st Corporal 31 Oct 1864
Was a blacksmith
Suffered from typhoid while in service
died 28 Oct 1927 of lobar pneumonia in Soldiers Home Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
(source - pension record)
 
David Clark Smelser - residence Iowa City, IA , nativity Hart Co, KY
(42 yrs old)                
enlisted 9 Aug 1862
mustered in 9 Sep 1862
Co G, 22nd Reg't Iowa Infantry - Union
mustered out 25 Jul 1865 @ Savannah, GA
Battles:
Port Gibson, MS - 1 May 1863
Champion Hill, MS - 16 May 1863
Black River Bridge, MS - 17 May 1863
Siege of Vicksburg, MS - 19 May thru 4 July 1863
(source - military record)
John Smeltzer - residence Yatton, IA (18 yrs old)
enlisted 24 Aug 1861
mustered in 6 Sep 1861
Co E, 10th Iowa Infantry - Union
mustered out 15 Aug 1865 @ Little Rock, AR
(source - Historical Data Systems Inc.)
 
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