Saturday, June 7, 2008

12th Iowa

On back of monument:
12th Regiment Infantry Volunteers,
Commanded by Col. J. J. Woods, (Wounded and captured),
Capt. S. R. Edgington, (Captured).
This regiment held this position against repeated attacks, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 6, 1862. It then about-faced to meet an attack coming from the rear, and fought its way back to the camp of the 41st Illinois, where it was surrounded and captured at 5.30 p.m. Total number reported present for duty, including musicians, teamsters, etc., 489. Its loss, in the battle was, 2 officers and 15 men killed; 1 officer and 42 men wounded and left on the field; 33 men wounded and captured, and 20 officers and 366 men missing; total, 479. Of the wounded, 16 died of their wounds; of the missing 4 were never afterwards heard from; they were doubtless killed; of the missing 71 died in prison.

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