Friday, June 6, 2008

7th Iowa

On back of monument:
7th Regiment Infantry Volunteers,
Commanded by Lieut. Col. J. C. Parrott.
On the morning of April 6, 1862, the regiment, as part of the brigade, formed in line of battle on the left of the 2d Iowa Volunteer Infantry, on a sunken road, the center of the regiment being where this monument stands. It held its position, repelling a number of attacks, until late in the afternoon, when the brigade was ordered to fall back. In the retreat the regiment was subjected to a severe fire from both sides. It reformed in a new line of battle along a road leading to the Landing, and held that position during the night. On the morning of April 7th the regiment was assigned to the reserve and, under orders from General Crittenden, charged and captured one of the enemy's batteries. Present for duty, including officers, musicians, teamsters, etc., 383. Its loss was, 1 officer and 9 men killed; 17 men wounded; 7 men missing; total, 34.
The 7th Iowa monument is the one in the center of this picture. The Iowa monument on the right is for the 12th Iowa. Apparently I did not take individual pictures of these two monuments. I'm not sure why I didn't take shots of the front when I did the shots of the back. It must be because all Iowa monuments look alike. Next time I'm there I'll have to correct this mistake. The 12th Iowa will be the subject of a post tomorrow.

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