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27TH IOWA RECORD OF EVENTS

Field and Staff

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 - December 31, 1862 -- Stationed at Jackson, Tennessee

January - February, 1863 -- Stationed at Camp Reed, Jackson, Tennessee.

April 16, 1863 -- Stationed at Jackson, Tennessee

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

May - June, 1863 -- Stationed at Moscow, Tennessee

July - August, 1863 -- Stationed at Clarendon, Arkansas

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

November - December, 1863 -- Stationed at Memphis, Tennessee

January - February, 1864 -- Stationed at [illegible], Mississippi

  • February 3, 1864 -- The regiment marched from the rear of Vicksburg under command of Major-General [William Tecumseh] Sherman to Jackson, a distance of fifty miles; thence to Brandon, twelve miles; thence to Morton, twenty-five miles; thence to Hillsborough, twelve miles; thence to Decatur, thirty-four miles; thence to Meridian, twenty-six miles; thence eight miles east on the Selma Railroad.
  • February 10, 1864 -- Nearly one week was spent in destroying the railroad, etc. in the vicinity when the command set out on the return march by way of Marion, Union and Hillsborough to Canton, where it is now stationed destroying the railroad, etc.
  • During the march the enemy was engaged several times by the regiment. Our only casualties are one wounded in our hands and three missing in action.

March-April, 1864 -- Stationed at Alexandria, Louisiana

  • March 1-4, 1864 -- The regiment left Canton, Mississippi, where last mustered, and marched to Vicksburg, a distance of sixty-five miles, where it arrived March 4, 1864.
  • March 10-12, 1864 -- Left Vicksburg on steamer Diadem for the Red River expedition and disembarked at Simsport, Louisiana, March 12, 1864.
  • March 13-14, 1864 -- Left Simsport in the evening and marched to Fort De Russy, a distance of thirty-eight miles. The regiment was engaged in the capture of Fort De Russy on March 14 and lost one man wounded.
  • March 15-16, 1865 -- Got on board of transport and moved up the river, arriving at Alexandria on March 16, 1864.
  • March 25 - April 3, 1864 -- Left Alexandria on transport for Grand Ecore, Louisiana and arrived there April 3, 1864.
  • April 7, 1864 -- Left Grand Ecore and moved by land towards Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • April 8, 1864 -- Arrived at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, marching a distance of thirty-five miles.
  • April 9-11, 1864 -- The regiment was engaged in the action at Pleasant Hill. Total loss of regiment in killed and wounded and missing, eight-nine. Fell back on Grand Ecore, where we arrived April 11, 1864.
  • April 20-26, 1864 -- The regiment left Grand Ecore by land and arrived at Alexandria April 26, 1864. Distance, ninety miles. There we continued skirmishing with the enemy the whole distance from Grand Ecore to Alexandria.

May-June, 1864 -- Stationed at La Grange, Tennessee

  • June 4-5, 1864 -- The regiment on its return from the Red River expedition left Vicksburg for Memphis, Tennessee June 5. Debarked below Greenville on the Arkansas shore.
  • June 6, 1864 -- The regiment marched with the forces under General [Andrew Jackson] Smith into Chicot County, Arkansas. Was present at the engagement at Ditch Bayou, Chicot County, Arkansas, where the regiment sustained no loss. Returned to the Mississippi River via Lake Village on Old River Lake.
  • June 7, 1864 -- Embarked at Columbia, Arkansas
  • June 9-27, 1864 -- Reached Memphis, Tennessee and camped at Memphis until June 24, when the regiment moved by cars to Moscow, where it remained until June 27, 1864, when it marched to La Grange, Tennessee.

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

  • July 5, 1864 -- Under Major-General A. J. Smith on the expedition to Tupelo, Mississippi.
  • July 14, 1864 -- In the battle of Tupelo in which the regiment had one commissioned officer and nine enlisted men wounded.
  • July 15, 1864 -- In the engagement at Old Town Creek, Mississippi, where we lost one man killed and fifteen wounded.
  • July 21, 1864 -- Reached La Grange, Tennessee on our return.
  • July 22-23, 1864 -- Marched to Moscow and to Collierville July 23, 1864, on which day we moved by cars to Memphis, Tennessee.
  • August 4 - 18, 1864 -- Moved by cars to Holly Springs, Mississippi, where we remained until August 17, when we marched to Waterford, Mississippi and thence August 18 to Tallahatchie River.
  • August 21-23, 1864 -- Marched to Oxford, Mississippi, where the Army retreated, arriving at Tallahatchie August 23.
  • August 26-30, 1864 -- At Holly Springs and Memphis, Tennessee August 30, 1864.

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

  • September 14, 1864 -- The regiment left Memphis, Tennessee by steamer Belle Memphis for Cairo, Illinois. Left Cairo by steamer Sioux City.
  • September 16-25, 1864 -- Reached Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, where we remained until September 25, 1864, when we moved by cars to Mineral Point, Missouri.
  • September 29, 1864 -- Returned to Jefferson Barracks.
  • October 2, 1864 -- Marched from Jefferson Barracks with the Army under Major-General A.J. Smith in pursuit of the Rebel Army under General Sterling Price. Moved rapidly through Kirkwood, Gray's Summit, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Lexington, and Independence, striking the [illegible] near [Little] Santa Fe.
  • October 30, 1864 -- Returned via Harrisonville, reaching Pleasant Hill.

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

  • October 31 - November 18, 1864 -- Marched from Pleasant Hill, Missouri on our return from pursuit of Rebel forces under General Sterling Price. Moved via Lexington, Glasgow, Saint Charles and arriving at Saint Louis November 18, 1864.
  • November 25, 1864 -- Moved by transports with the forces under Major-General A. J. Smith for Cairo, Illinois; thence up the Ohio to Smithland, Kentucky; thence up Cumberland River en route for Nashville, Tennessee.
  • December 1, 1864 -- Debarked at Nashville; marched three miles south of the city, where we were placed on the left of the forces under Major-General A. J. Smith in the advance line of battle in front of the Rebel Army under General [John Bell] Hood.
  • December 15-16, 1864 -- Remained until December 15, when we advanced with the entire Army under Major-General [George Henry] Thomas. In the battles of December 15 and 16, no loss on December 15, twelve wounded on December 16.
  • December 17, 1864 -- Marched in pursuit of the enemy.
  • December 28-30, 1864 -- Reached Pulaski and Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, December 30, 1864.

January - February, 1865 -- Stationed at Chalmette, Louisiana

  • January 1 - 5, 1965 -- Marched for Clifton, Tennessee, where we arrived January 4, 1865. Embarked on steamer Havana at Clifton for Eastport, Mississippi, where we arrived January 5, 1865.
  • January 7, 1865 -- Debarked and encamped at Eastport.
  • January 9, 1865 -- Made reconnaissance to Iuka, returning same day.
  • February 9, 1865 -- Embarked on steamer Tarascon at Eastport.
  • February 11- 21, 1865 -- Reached Cairo, Illinois, Memphis, Tennessee February 13, Vicksburg, Mississippi, February 14, and New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21. Debarked and encamped at Chalmette near New Orleans.

March - April 1865 -- Stationed near Montgomery, Alabama

  • March 7-8, 1865 -- Embarked on steamer Empire City at New Orleans for Dauphin Island, Alabama, where we arrived March 8, 1865.
  • March 20-25, 1865 -- Remained on Dauphin Island, then we embarked on steamer Starlight. Debarked same day at Fish River Landing, Alabama, where we remained until March 25, when we marched with the Thirteenth and Sixteenth Army Corps.
  • March 26, 1865 -- Arrived at Sibley's Mill near Mobile, Alabama
  • April 3, 1865 -- Marched from Sibley's Mill to siege of Blakely.
  • April 4-9, 1865 -- Engaged in siege of Blakely and on evening of April 9 participated in the charge of that place. Three men wounded.
  • April 10, 1865 -- Occupied Fort Blakely with Second Brigade, Second Division, Sixteenth Army Corps.
  • April 13-27, 1865 -- Marched in the direction of Montgomery, arriving at Greenville, Alabama April 22 and Montgomery April 27, 1865.

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

  • The regiment remained in camp near the city of Montgomery, Alabama during the month of May doing light picket duty and exercising daily in drill.
  • June 27, 1865 -- Continued light guard duty in camp two miles from Montgomery until June 27, when we moved camp four miles from Montgomery, since which time we have been doing light guard and heavy fatigue duty.