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27TH IOWA RECORD OF EVENTS

Company E

Record of Events


Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Part II, Vol. 20, PP 603-637. Edited by Janet B. Hewett. Assistant Editors Joycelyn Pinson and Julia H. Nichols. Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilington, NC, 1995. Record of Events for Twenty-seventh Iowa Infantry, October 1862-June 1865.

The companies kept records of activities, including how far they traveled (and by what method i.e. marched, by train, by steamer). Some Companies kept more extensive Records of Events than others. Even though there is very little mention of specific soldiers, it gives you a pretty good idea of what they were doing during a specific time period.

To see a record of events associated with a particular company, click on the company letter above. NOTE: be sure to also check out the Record of Events for the Staff and the Regiment. It gives pretty extensive information about the 27th Iowa in general.


October 3, 1862 - January 1, 1863 -- Stationed at Jackson, Tennessee

  • This company has been in no action since last mustered on October 3, 1862. It has been transported to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Marched thence to Mille Lacs and back 250 miles. Was transported by boats to Prairie du Chien; thence by railroad via Chicago to Cairo, Illinois; thence by steamer to Memphis. Was then brigaded under Major-General Sherman and marched south with his division until it was broken up. It performed guard duty on the Mississippi Central Railroad until December 30. Was then transported by rail to this station and this company has the usual discipline of volunteers.

January 1 - April 1863 -- Stationed at Jackson, Tennessee.

March - April, 1863 -- Stationed at Corinth, Mississippi

  • April 20, 1863 -- In Camp Reed, Jackson, since last muster until April 20, when all fit for duty were sent to garrison Corinth, leaving camp in charge of convalescent and daily duty men.

May - June 1863 -- Stationed at Moscow, Tennessee

  • May 3, 1863 -- Returned from Corinth to Jackson.
  • May 5, 1863 -- Was detailed to guard railroad two miles out on the Mississippi Central line.
  • June 4, 1863 -- Broke up camp and went to La Grange.
  • June 6, 1863 -- Went to Fort Grisson.
  • June 10, 1863 -- Went to Moscow, where we have since been stationed.

July - August 1863 -- Stationed in the field, Arkansas

September - October 1863 -- Stationed at Little Rock, Arkansas

November - December 1863 -- Stationed at Memphis, Tennessee

  • November 15-20, 1863 -- The company left Little Rock, Arkansas by railroad for Devall's Bluff, Arkansas, where it arrived November 16 at 3 o'clock a.m., distance forty miles. November 16, the company left Devall's Bluff, Arkansas for Memphis, Tennessee per steamboat where it arrived November 20. No marching.

January - February 1864 -- Stationed at Canton, Mississippi

March - April 1864 -- Stationed at Alexandria, Louisiana

  • March 1-10, 1864 Left Canton, Mississippi and marched by the way of Brownsville, Mississippi to the rear of Vicksburg, Mississippi March 10.
  • March 11, 1864 -- Left Vicksburg, Mississippi on transport Diadem on the Red River expedition.
  • March 13, 1864 -- Arrived at the mouth of Red River and passed into the Atchafalaya River and landed at Simsport.
  • March 14, 1864 -- Left the boat at 6 p. m. and marched until 12 m. Left camp at 5 o'clock p.m.; marched a northwesterly direction by the way of Mansura [Chicotville] and Marksville, Arrived at and attacked Fort De Russy, Louisiana at 4 o'clock p.m. Fort surrendered at 6 p.m. Marched back one mile to camp which made a distance of thirty miles.
  • March 15, 1864 -- Embarked and steamed up Red River to Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • March 27-April 3, 1864 -- Left camp for Grand Ecore, where we arrived April 3.
  • April 7-8, 1864 -- Left Grand Ecore, Louisiana for Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, arriving there on April 8.
  • April 9-14,1864 -- Went into the battle. Fell back on April 10 and arrived at Grand Ecore on April 14.
  • April 20-24, 1864 -- Left Grand Ecore and arrived at Alexandria, Louisiana April 24.

May - June 1864 -- Stationed in the field near La Grange, Tennessee

  • May 14, 1864 -- Left Alexandria for Simsport via Fort De Russy.
  • May 16, 1864 -- Engaged in a skirmish with the enemy on Marksville Prairie.
  • May 18, 1865 -- Engaged in battle of Old Oak on Yellow Bayou, Louisiana.
  • May 20, 1864 -- Arrived at Simsport on the Atchafalaya River.
  • May 21, 1864 -- Marched to the Mississippi at mouth of Old River.
  • May 22, 1864 -- Went on board transports and started for Vicksburg.
  • May 23, 1864 -- Arrived at Vicksburg and went into camp.
  • June 4, 1864 -- Left Vicksburg on transports bound up the river.
  • June 6, 1864 -- Left the transports and skirmished with the enemy.
  • June 8, 1864 -- Returned to transports at Columbia.
  • June 10, 1864 -- Arrived at Memphis and went into camp.
  • June 23, 1864 -- Received pay to April 30, 1864.
  • June 24, 1864 -- Went to Moscow, Tennessee by cars.
  • June 27, 1864 -- Marched to La Grange, Tennessee.

July - August, 1864 -- Stationed at Memphis, Tennessee

  • In camp near La Grange, Tennessee at last muster.
  • July 5, 1864 -- Broke camp at 4 p.m. and went on Mississippi expedition under Major-General A. J. Smith.
  • July 14-15, 1864 -- Engaged in battle of Tupelo, Mississippi and Old Town Creek July 15.
  • July 23, 1864 -- Returned to camp in Memphis.
  • August 4, 1864 -- Broke camp again. Went by rail to Holly Springs, Mississippi. Went in Major-General Smith's second Mississippi expedition to near Oxford, Mississippi and returned.
  • August 30, 1864 -- Camped in Memphis.

September - October 1864 -- Stationed at Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

  • September 5, 1864 -- Left Memphis, Tennessee on transport.
  • September 9, 1864 -- Received pay at Cairo, Illinois.
  • September 17, 1864 -- Disembarked at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.
  • September 25-29, 1864 -- Went to Mineral Point by railroad and returned September 29. Started in pursuit of the Rebel General Price.
  • October 2, 1864 -- Marched via Jefferson City, Lexington, Independence and Big Blue River to this camp. Distance traveled by railroad 130 miles; by river 500 miles. Marched 310 miles.

November - December 1864 -- Stationed in the field in Tennessee

  • November 1-18, 1864 -- The company left Pleasant Hill, Missouri and marched for Saint Louis via Lexington, Glasgow and Saint Charles. Arrived at Saint Louis November 18, having marched 219 miles.
  • November 25-December 1, 1864 -- Left Saint Louis on transport for Nashville, Tennessee, arriving December 1.
  • December 15-16, 1864 -- Was engaged in the battles south of Nashville.
  • December 17-30, 1864 -- Marched in pursuit of the enemy via Franklin, Columbus and Pulaski to Lawrenceburg, ninety-nine miles from Nashville, arriving December 30.

January - February 1865 -- Stationed at Chalmette

  • December 31, 1864 -- Marched from near Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to Clifton, Tennessee.
  • January 2 - 7, 1865 -- Went by transports to Eastport, Mississippi and went into quarters January 7.
  • February 9, 1865 -- Broke camp and took transport and went down the Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers to Chalmette, Louisiana.

March - April 1865 -- Stationed at Montgomery, Alabama

  • March 7, 1865 -- Left Chalmette, Louisiana, where last mustered, per transport Empire City and went to Dauphin Island, Alabama.
  • March 20, 1865 -- Marched for Spanish Fort.
  • March 26 - April 9, 1865 -- Were on the right flank at Sibley's Mill from March 26 to April 3, when we marched up to the investment of Blakely and were in position in the front line on the left and in the charge resulting in its capture April 9.
  • April 13-27, 1865 -- Left Blakely for Montgomery, Alabama and entered the last named place April 27.

May - June, 1865 -- Stationed at Montgomery, Alabama

  • In camp near Montgomery, Alabama since last muster.