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Here you go Richard & Bruce, ignore if you already have it...

1866 Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Iowa, pages 184-193
US/CAN Book 977.7 M25ag, FHC, SLC

"N. B. Baker, Adjutant-General of Iowa:

Sir: I have the honor to submit to you a summary of the principle events connected with the history of the 10th Iowa Infantry, from its organization to the present time.

Participating in the memorable campaigns of the Armies of the Mississippi and the Tennessee, and present on most of the battle-fields that have so numerously dotted the map of the Western and Middle departments, the Tenth, although apparently heretofor not represented in the usual written regimental reports made to the Adjutant-General of the State, may, without assumption, aspire to share in the honors awarded to the proudest of her contemporaries.

The regiment was organized at Camp Fremont, Iowa City, the place of rendezvous, in August, 1861. Of the nine full companies that assembled at the rendezvous, the counties furnished as follows: Warren two, Polk one, Jasper one, Powesheik one, Tama one, Greene one, Washington one, and Boone one. The tenth company, K, for the most part from Polk, did not fill up to the minimum until the regiment reached St. Louis, where the company was mustered Sept. 28th, 1861. The nine companies were mustered into service Sept. 6th, 1861.

The field officers were; N. Perczel, Colonel; Wm. E. Small, Lieut.-Col., and J.C. Bennett, Major.

On the 24th September, the regiment embarked at Davenport on board the transports for St. Louis, arriving there on the 27th. Here with all dispatch the regiment was armed, clothed, and equipped, anticipating a rapid movement up the Missouri to the vicinity where Muligan had so recently met with disaster.

On the 1st of October, however, we proceeded to Cape Giradeau to re-enforce and aid in fortifying that point, which was threatened by the rebels under Hardee and Pillow.

While here an expedition, consisting of the 10th Iowa and a section of Taylor's Chicago Battery to co-operate with a force sent from Bird's Point, was ordered to Bloomfield, Missouri, to look after the rebel Gen., Jeff. Thompson, who it was reported was there in force. The expedition resulted in the dispersion of the rebel force; and we returned to Girardeau. During the time we were stationed at Cape Girardeau, the regiment was engaged in erecting fortifications and perfecting its discipline.

On the 12th November, we were ordered to Bird's Point. The vicinity of Bird's Point was the theater of the operations of Thompson, and other rebel leaders. Expeditions from time to time were sent out of other rebel bands, who were assiduously sustaining the rebel cause, and annoying our troops. The 10th Iowa performed a full shareof this duty, going frequently to Charleston, Bertrand, and other points of rendezvous of the rebels.

On the 8th of January, 1862, a night attack on a rebel camp near Charleston was projected under the command of the enterprizing Colonel of our regiment. Proceeding cautiosly in the direction of the reported camp, a volley was poured into our ranks by the enemy placed artfully in ambuscade. The rebels were soon dispersed, not, however, without a loss to us of 5 killed and 10 wounded.

The most vigilant guard and picket was performed by the regiment, up to the time of our departure to New Madrid, March 4th, 1862.

The loss to the regiment while at Bird's Point by discharge and death, in consequence of the prevalence of measles, under the unfavorable circumstances of exposure to cold and wet weather, was very material, amounting to ninety-six.

On the 12th March, we arrived at New Madrid, via Saxton, Missouri, which was captured on the 13th and 14th, resulting in the evacuation of Island No. 10; and by a flank movement of the forces at New Madrid on Tiptonville, Tenn., on the 7th and 8th of April, the brilliant achievment of the capture of between five and six thousand prisoners, so lately the force at Island No. 10, was effected."

Grant, Ulysses S. The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. Edited by John Y. Simon. 22 vols., Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1967-1998.

"Volumes 3 and 4 contain a considerable body of valuable and interesting information in the form of reports, correspondences, and text regarding the activities of the 10th Iowa while under Gen. U. S. Grant's command in Missouri, including the operation of the regiment against the Confederate guerrillas of M. Jeff Thompson and the ambush near Charleston, MO"

From 10th Iowa website. An interesting read and now I have another reason to return to Carbondale...

John R.

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