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The 1879 History of Jones County Iowa was transcribed by Janet A. Brandt.


Notwithstanding the unbounded enthusiasm and the large number of volunteers, it became necessary to resort to forcible enlistments in Jones County.
The following table shows how many men each township had failed to raise in order to fill its quota up to December 12, 1862, and how many had been raised in excess of quota; also the number of men required to be raised in each township by draft or volunteer enlistment by the 1st of January, 1863:




Number to be Drafted
Castle Grove22……7
Scotch Grove……10……

It will be seen by the above table, furnished by S. F. Glenn, Draft Commissioner of Jones County at the time, that Wyoming carried off the banner, and Scotch Grove was next in furnishing volunteers.


After the Vicksburg campaign, the flag presented to the regiment by the Massachusetts ladies having become tattered and torn in the bloody strife, was returned to its donors as evidence that it had faithfully served its purpose. While the Ninth was on its way home to enjoy a brief furlough, as re-enlisted veterans, another flag reached them from the ladies of the old Bay States. On this flag were the following inscriptions:
"Ninth Iowa Volunteers—1863—from Massachusetts." "Pea Ridge, March 7 and 8, 1862." "Chickasaw Bayou, Dec. 29, 1863." "Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863." "Jackson, May 14, 1863." "Vicksburg, May 19 and 22, and July 4, 1863."
The excitement growing out of the prospect of a draft was such that volunteer enlistments continued to such an extent that no draft was had until about the 1st of November, 1864. The number drafted was not large and those who were thus made soldiers, proved themselves brave and valiant men. It is proper to state, also, that it was afterward ascertained that the quota of the State was full at the time the draft was ordered, and therefore, ought not to have been made.
The 22d of February, 1864, was made the occasion of a festival in honor of the veteran soldiers who were at home at the time, on a short furlough. The morning opened with beautiful weather and so it continued through the entire day, the only drawback being mud to the depth of one to three inches, where the snow had disappeared. In the afternoon the people and soldiers came in on foot, on horseback and in wagons. At 5 o'clock, the soldiers came into Odd Fellows' Hall, under charge of their officers, and an address of welcome to the Iowa Veterans was made by W. G. Hammond, and the response by Capt. McKean, of Company D, of the Ninth.
A sumptuous supper was then served at City Hall, and at least six hundred persons partook of the repast. Still there was enough and to spare, and basketfuls were gathered up and distributed to widows and others, with whom fortune had dealt more or less unkindly.
After supper, the hall of the Odd Fellows was again full. The following were the toasts on the occasion:
The Day we Celebrate.
Response by C. R. Scott
The Iowa Ninth—The heroes of Pea Ridge, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Jackson, Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.
Response by cheers and band.
Iowa—Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou hast excelled them all.
Response by G. W. Field.
The Patriotic Dead—Green be their graves, sweet their rest and hallowed their memory.
Response by the choir.
The American Union—What God hath joined together, let no rebel put asunder.
Response by Judge McCarn and band.
The Union Army—May its distinguishing characteristics be fortitude in the hour of disaster, courage in the hour of danger and mercy in the hour of victory.
Response by John McKean.
The American Eagle.
Response by the choir.
Abraham Lincoln—Like Washington, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Response by Rev. O. W. Merrill.
The following volunteer toast was handed in by John Peet:
The American Eagle—May she conquer all her foes and establish a permanent resting-place in the center of our Union, with her wings extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, holding the stars and stripes in one of her talons and the sword of justice in the other, and in her beak the Declaration of Independence, as a surety to the oppressed of all nations that here they can find protection; and may her tail be expanded over some Northern cavern where rebel sympathizers and Tories may hide from the sight of historians, that our history may not be tarnished by a record of their infamy.
Altogether, the day passed and terminated happily to all concerned.
The Fourteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry was organized by authority of the War Department, under a call for 300,000 troops for three years, and mustered into service on the 6th of November, 1861.
Previous to the completion of the muster of the regiment, three companies, A, B & C, were detached and sent on service to Fort Randall, Dakota Territory, where they remained until the fall of 1862, when authority gave organization to three new companies in lieu of those detached. On the 27th and 28th of November, 1861, the command-seven companies-embarked for Benton Barracks, and remained in this camp of instruction until the 5th of February, 1862, when they again embarked for Fort Henry, Tenn., and arrived there on the 8th. On the 12th, they took up line of march for Fort Donelson, Tenn., and were in the engagement on the left of the army, daily, the 13th, 14th and 15th. Remained at Fort Donelson until the 7th of March, and embarked for Pittsburg Landing, and arrived there on the 18th inst. On the 6th of April, the army was attacked, and the Fourteenth moved out in position on the left of the Fourth Brigade, Second Division Army of the Tennessee. The regiment was engaged from 7 o'clock A. M., until 5:40 P. M., when the command was surrendered by Brig Gen. Prentiss to the enemy as prisoners of war, and were held as such until the 12th day of October, 1862, when they were released on parole, sent to Benton Barracks for re-organization, and declared exchanged November 19, 1862. On the 31st of March, 1862, two new companies, A and B, joined the regiment. Left Benton Barracks, April 10, 1863; embarked on board of transports for Cairo, Ill., where they remained until June 21, during which time they were joined by Company C, a new company, when they embarked for Columbus, Ky. On the 22d of January, 1864, the regiment moved on board a transport for Vicksburg, Miss., where it was assigned to the Second Brigade, Third Division, Sixteenth Army Corps. Was on the expedition that went from Vicksburg to Meridian, Miss., in the month of February, 1864, under command of Brig. Gen. Maj. Sherman, and on the expedition up Red River, Louisiana, in the months of March, April and May, under command of Maj. Gen. Banks. Was in the battle of Fort De Russey, March 14, and the battle of Pleasant Hill, La., April 9, 1864, and battle of Yellow Bayou, Louisiana, May 18, 1864.
The regiment was in the battle of Lake Chicot, Arkansas, June 6, 1864, and arrived at Memphis, Tenn., June 10 1864. Four companies left Jefferson Barracks September 25, by rail for Pilot Knob, Mo., and were in the battle of Pilot Knob September 27. The remainder of the regiment left Jefferson Barracks October 2, with Gen. A. J. Smith's army, in pursuit of the rebel, Gen. Price. Returned to St. Louis, Mo., November 2, arrived at Davenport, Iowa for muster-out, November 2, 1864.
The Fourteenth Regiment was largely made up of Jones County boys, and commanded by Col. W. T. Shaw, of Anamosa.
Monday, the 14th of August, 1865, was made memorable to the citizens of Jones County by reason of the Soldier's Re-union on that day, at Monticello. The exercises took place in the grove north of the river, and on the identical spot where three years before Company H, of the Thirty-first Iowa, was organized. Company H displayed a trophy, as a memento of the rebellion, a large flag, captured in Columbia, S. C., on the 17th of February, 1865, when the company entered that city.
The arms and accouterments of Capt. Alderman's Company, brought in boxes on the train, having arrived on the ground, the soldiers of Company H and some others were soon engaged in arraying themselves. The "boys in blue" were here entirely at home. They chatted, laughed and joked during the process, and worked with a perfect abandon and as though they were still in the woods of Alabama and Georgia. This work accomplished, the drums, in another part of the grove, beat the roll-call, and the soldiers streamed along through the crowd, closely followed by the lighter legs of the children, and these by the grown people. Two lines of soldiers were at once in position. Maj. Farwell. Capt. Burdick and Capt. McKean were the officers in command. The soldiers, about eighty in number, went through guard mounting and inspection, and were intently watched by the spectators; this over, the boys were drilled for a time, greatly to the admiration and pleasure of many spectators. The drill over, the boys marched to the old position in front of the benches, and, after some additional exercises, stacked arms. The speaking was then commenced. W. H. Walworth was President of the day, who offered introductory remarks.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Kimball.
Music by the band.
Welcome address by W. H. Walworth.
Response by Lieut. Amos.
Music by the Monticello Glee Club.
Address by Capt. M. P. Smith, of Company C, Thirty-first Iowa.
Music by Anamosa Brass Band.
Picnic dinner
Martial music.
Volunteer toasts and responses:
"Resolved, That our late war was only the supplement to our Revolution with England, and has only completed the work of establishing the inalienable rights of humanity and justice between man and his fellow-man."
Responded to by Prof. J. Nolan, of Cascade.
"Jeff Davis-Occupying an elevated position in the South, may he occupy a still more elevated position in the North."
Responded to by Rev. Mr. Buttolph.
"What the soldiers fought for, may we all remember."
Response by Capt. O. Burke, Company B, Fourteenth Iowa Veteran Volunteers.
Rev. Mr. Miller, of Cascade, Prof. Allen, of Hopkinton, and Elder Kay and Lieut. Hill, of Cascade, also spoke with good effect. Mr. A. Gilbert spoke feelingly. He had lost two sons in the war, one being shot dead, and the other dying in a rebel prison. The addresses, one and all, were appropriate and fitting to the time and the occasion.
A general rejoicing was had that the war was ended and peace restored.
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