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Co. A 20th Iowa, Oct 1862 - Personal Letter

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  • Co. A 20th Iowa, Oct 1862 - Personal Letter

    Hello Pards,

    I thought I would share something that came to me out of nowhere, but has made an indelible mark on me. It is a letter written by my direct ancestor, James M. Hergesheimer, Co. A, 20th Iowa. Someone contacted me online about him and told me there was a museum in Bentonville Arkansas that had a letter written by him. I checked it out, and my jaw dropped when I saw it was indeed from him! He did not survive the war, so it was especially sobering to read this. I can;t find the museum link, so I am uploading some images of the original, and the transcript.

    Some of the highlights:
    • Talking about the long march the 20th made.
    • some details of the aftermath.
    • He was detailed as a cook, so he talks about rations.
    • Names of comrades in the Regiment
    • Talk of disease in camp
    • A few other details that we love to get.

    James M. Hergesheimer would die of disease in February 1863, and is buried in Springfield Missouri at the National Cemetary. The son he talks about would have been my gggrandfather John A Hergesheimer.

    Anyway, enjoy a nice primary source from my family's history.


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    Dan Limb
    One of THEM!

    "In the moment of action, remember the value of silence and order" -- Phormio of Athens

    "Your first duty is to get a decent hat. You cannot hope to do more. You should never wish to do less"

    Direct Descendent of
    James M. Hergesheimer, Co. A. 20th Iowa Infantry

    Capt. James G. Campbell, Co. F., 19th Illinois Infantry. Wounded at Missionary Ridge

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    Re: Co. A 20th Iowa, Oct 1862 - Personal Letter

    This is great stuff! Which museum has this? I grew up in Bentonville and live in the area still and my parents are originally from Iowa. Thank you for sharing this.
    Andrew Gale

    21st Arkansas Vol. Inf. Co. H
    Company H, McRae's Arkansas Infantry
    Affiliated Conscripts Mess

    Cpl. George Washington Pennington, 171st Penn. Co. K
    Mustered into service: Aug. 27, 1862
    Captured: Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 12, 1864
    Died: Andersonville Prison, Georgia, Sept. 13, 1864


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      Re: Co. A 20th Iowa, Oct 1862 - Personal Letter

      Thanks for sharing this. I had a relative in Company K of the 20th, so it's always nice to see a bit of their shared history.
      Bob Welch

      The Eagle and The Journal
      My blog, following one Illinois community from Lincoln's election through the end of the Civil War through the articles originally printed in its two newspapers.