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The Civil War


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about our Carroll County Volunteers


Civil War Volunteers

A complete list of the county's contribution of volunteers cannot be obtained, as not all are credited to this county in the official reports. The first volunteers went to Guthrie County and joined a company from that county, but few of these were ever credited to Carroll County. Subsequent enlistments were made in Jefferson, Greene County. Among the later were Edmund Carney, Alva Chambers, William Coombs, and Coleman Wright. These enlisted September 7, 1861, in the Tenth Iowa Infantry, Company H.. Edmund Carney was wounded slightly in the leg at Champion Hills, Mississippi, May 16, 1863, and was transferred to the Invalid Corps, February 15, following. William Coombs was wounded severely in the arm and head, at the same time and place. William Carter and Orrin Jerome enlisted in December, 1863, in the Thirty-ninth Iowa Infantry, Company E, but were on the 30th of the same month transferred to the Seventh Iowa Cavalry. In this regiment was also Parker T. Punteney, one of the first sheriffs of the County. William Carter was killed at Allatoona, Georgia, October 5, 1864.

It was said that altogether there were twenty-eight volunteers from Carroll County. The draft was put in force in this county on one occasion, in the fall of 1864, and three men drawn, among them was T. B. Aldrich, then county superintendent of schools. This would make a total of thirty-one. If this is true, then more than 10 percent of the total population, and about half of the voters of the county, entered the service of the United States.

The great bulk of the present population of Carroll County has settled here since the war, and include a large number, certainly over one hundred, who enlisted from other counties and states.

Biographical and Historical Record
      of Carroll County, Iowa - 1887
     pages 669, 670


Civil War Bounties

          In April, 1862, the Board decided to allow each family, a member of which had gone to the war, $25. This sum was then paid to Jacob Davis, Mrs. S.A. Davis, John Monroe, Amos Rhoads and Cyrus Rhoads. In October following, the same bounty was paid to Robert Haney and James F. McLuen, and in March, 1863, Alva Chambers drew a like amount. In December, 1863, the bounty to enlisted and drafted men was fixed at $100. Parker T. Punteney was paid $100 under this provision in February, 1864. During the year Orrin Jerome, William Carter and Luther Short became entitled to the bounty and received warrants for the amount.

In June, 1864, the Board equalized the bounties by paying an additional $75 to those who had received but $25, under the first offer. This amount was paid to Alva Chambers, Robert Haney, Cyrus Babbitt, Amos Mohen, Coleman Wright, George Short, Sam Frazier, Edward Carney, William Combs, James F. McLuen, William W. Davis, Alpheus Stevens and John Monroe.

In January, 1865, the Board resolved to issue $4,800 in bonds to raise money to pay volunteers under the last call of the Government. At this time Mrs. William Carter, Mrs. Isaac Higgins, Mrs. Orrin Jerome, Mrs. Parker Punteney and Mrs. Robert Haney were allowed $50 out of the relief fund. The bonds were issued, but as the war ended soon after and recruiting ceased, most of the money was given as relief to the families of volunteers.

Biographical and Historical Record
       of Carroll County, Iowa - 1887
     page 669



Carroll County, Iowa
Civil War Volunteers

        A review of the pioneer history of this county would be incomplete without some reference to the part Carroll County took in the Civil War. For no other event so deeply impressed itself upon the pioneers and nothing tested their manhood in a broader or truer sense. Nothing brought greater hardships to many of the early settlers or caused deeper suffering than was experienced during the early sixties. With a population of about 100 able bodied men subjected to military duty, 28 of that number enlisted in the war and 3 were drafted.

        Only two of those who enlisted from this county are living here today. They are Parker T. Puntenney and Luther S. Short. Mr. Puntenney is living in Newton Township near Dedham and Mr. Short on North Coon on the farm where he has resided since the war. Both of these old comrades are enjoying fairly good health and from all appearances have a number of years still before them, in which to enjoy the blessings of living in Carroll County.

        That a draft was levied upon our county is to be regretted and especially so under the circumstance. When the first call was made for volunteers a number of our young men were anxious to answer their countries call. As no company was ever organized in this county, it was necessary for those who desired to enlist to go to Greene or Guthrie Counties where they were enlisted and were never accredited to Carroll County. If they had been, there would have been no draft levied, for nearly one third of all those who could enlist were in the army.

        This county never gave as large a bounties to her volunteers as many other counties in the state. The bounty from this county was first placed at $25.00, and then $50.00, then $75.00 and finally raised to $100.00. If the bounties given were not as large as those given at other places, no other people ever cared for the wives and children, the widows and orphans more zealously than did the authorities of our country, and the brightest pages made by them in the records of Carroll County are those dotted over by warrants drawn on the relief fund for the support of those families whose fathers and husbands had gone forth at their countries call to defend the old flag.

    As generations come and go and turn the faded pages of the early records of our county, their pulse will beat with manly pride to know that the pioneers of this county were men of brains and brawn and that "through this rough land there were no braver in these days of blood and strife". "Aye, ready for severest trial; Aye, free to peril life."

C. C. COLCLO, Historian

Carroll County History (date & page unknown)


Volunteers Entering the Army From Carroll County,

Enlist at Guthrie County

EDITOR CARROLL HERALD: I received a letter from J. W. Monroe, Eureka, California relating to the first enlistment of soldiers in this county. This letter is as follows:

In the month of May 1861, Thomas Seely and William Tracy of Guthrie Center came to Carrollton to get recruits for the army. I first enlisted, then William Davis, (brother of S. A. Davis). We were urged to bring more Carroll County boys with us. Frank Cale, then working for L. McCurdy, and Lock Curtis working for Benjamin Zellor, went with us to Guthrie County. We all joined Company C, 4th Iowa Infantry Regiment. We were all accredited to Guthrie County. Frank Cale died at Rolla, Missouri. About Christmas time, 1861, I was detailed to help bury him. Lock Curtis died in October, 1863, at Memphis, Tennessee.

I was in twenty eight recorded battles and a number of skirmishes. I was wounded only once, by a ball from the enemy hitting the top of my head with sufficient force to break the scalp. After my first enlistment expired I re-enlisted for three years, or during the war, and was mustered out in August 1865. Of the four names first mentioned I was the only one that lived to come home. There were one hundred and two mustered into service at Guthrie Center and only thirteen mustered out of the original company at the close of the war.

I knew Mr. Monroe when he was fifteen years old. He worked for me more or less until he went into the army. After he came home from the war he married Miss Julia Giselhart, and about 1877 moved to California. By industry and economy he acquired considerable property and is living quietly and enjoying the confidence of his.

The two volunteer soldiers, Frank Cale and Lock Curtis, will make twenty seven on the honorable roll of volunteers from this county. There should be twenty eight.


Carroll Herald Newspaper
(Date unknown)



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