Mustered in to service of the United
States: at Dubuque, Iowa, October 3 1862,
by Captain George S. Pierce, United
Mustered out of service Aug. 8, 1865,
at Clinton, Iowa.
General Gilbert's Farewell
to the soldiers of the 27th
Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
ORDERS No. 11.
SECOND BRIG., SECOND DIV.,
Ala., June 23, 1865.
Officers and soldiers of the
Second Brigade, the day of our separation has at length arrived. In anticipation
of orders to proceed to my home in Iowa by Special Orders, No. 92, current
series, Sixteenth Army Corps headquarters, I am relieved from duty with you
and ordered to report to General Canby. After an association with many of
you for nearly three long years, in camp and field, under those peculiarly
trying circumstances which so generally bind heart to heart in friendship
and in sympathy, a separation comes not without sadness. My brave officers
and men, I shall never cease to remember how patiently you have endured all
the hardships, privations, and exposures of the soldier on active duty, how
heroically you have fought the enemy of our country upon many stubbornly contested
fields, how uniformly you have fought to conquer. Such battle-fields as Prairie
Grove, Little Rock, Fort De Russy, Pleasant Hill, Yellow Bayou, Tupelo, Oldtown
Creek, Nashville, and Blakely, fought and bravely fought, won and nobly won,
will ever be monuments in history which shall tell to your children's children
of your undaunted courage, your prowess in arms, your devotion to your country's
cause. You have helped to bear the old flag on, on, until its proud folds
once more kiss every breeze from the Lakes to the Gulf. Now, at last, no
enemy is in arms, and the bright beams of peace have broken through the dark
clouds of war. You will follow me, soon, to your happy friends and homes,
to pursue again your former civil avocations. Be as good citizens as you
have been soldiers. You will defend your country no longer by the bullet,
but by the ballot. Stand by her cause always. But, alas! I cannot even bid
good-bye to all of my brigade, for not a few of our comrades have paid the
highest tribute of the patriot to his country. Let us fail not to cherish
their memories as brothers, extend to their friends a soldier's sympathy,
and drop for them a soldier's tear. Officers and soldiers, may Heaven's blessings
rest upon you all. Farewell.
JAMES I. GILBERT,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.
|My great-grandfather, Michael
Adrian, served with the 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company D.
This was started as a project for myself and gradually grew into something
that I wanted to share with other descendants of the 27th Iowa.
The above farewell is found in the Official Records and seemed like an appropriate
introduction to this website. I especially like the line
about "your children's children". That is who this website is for.
Steve Kiner, who's great-great
grandfather, Frederick F. Kiner, was the Chaplain for (first the 14th Regiment
Iowa Volunteer Infantry and then later, the 27th Regiment), was the
first to join me in my efforts to make this a complete and informative
website for the 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
All of the rosters are complete.
Information has been added with regard to reasons that a soldier
was rejected, the nature of any injuries, or cause of death. The rosters
are used as an index with the soldiers names linked to any mention of them in the website.
If the soldier
is buried in a National Cemetery and is listed in the Roll of Honor,
he is linked to the proper Volume. On the Cemetery Records page, additional information has been
compiled from various sources regarding dates of death and burial.
Since this website was started, I have had so many contributions to
the website. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it when I am contacted
by a descendant that wants to share their ancestor's experiences with the
27th. Be sure to check out the Letters sections which contains diaries,
letters and pension information. Most of the information in the Letters
and Photos sections have been contributed by descendants and other
people interested in the 27th Iowa.
Steve and I would be delighted
to hear from you if you are a descendant of a soldier in the 27th Regiment,
or if you have information relating to the 27th. We are especially
interested in trying to locate letters, diaries, Civil War documents, or pictures
pertaining to the 27th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
If you have any questions or suggestions,
(or if you find any broken links) please
Elaine Johnson at:
Steve Kiner at