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John Wesley Akers
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Birth: 1846
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1865
Sumter County
Georgia, USA

John Wesley Akers was the son of James M. Akers, and his wife, Mary (Wright) Akers. He was born in Indiana, and moved with his family to Iowa in 1857. The family settled in Milo Township, Delaware County, Iowa, southeast of Manchester.

John W. Akers was just 18, and living in Delaware Co., Iowa, when he enlisted as a Private in Co. B of the 4th Iowa Cavalry on Feb 29, 1864. He was mustered into federal service on the same day.

Akers was captured in action on Dec 14, 1864, at White's Station, Tenn. He died in prison at Andersonville, Ga., April 25, 1865, and was buried in the National Cemetery, Andersonville, Ga., Grave #12,846.

In the list of deaths at Andersonville, compiled by fellow prisoner Dorance Atwater, Akers somehow became listed as a soldier from OHIO rather than Iowa.

His Mother (Mary Akers) applied for a pension on Aug 3, 1866. Her application is #131,099, and her certificate #140,903.

His Father (James M Akers) applied for a pension on June 16, 1892 from the state of IA. His application is #552,793, and his certificate #398,678.

Akers' brother-in-law, George W. Clapp, also from Delaware County, Iowa, was married to John W. Akers' older sister, Serilda Akers (#59591868).

Clapp was also a member of Co. B of the 4th Iowa Cavalry, and had been taken prisoner at the same time. Clapp was also at Andersonville, but was later paroled and survived the war. (#59591826)

Code No: 22846
Grave No: 12846
Last Name: Akers
First Name: John W.
Rank: Private
Company: C
Regiment: 4
State: IA
Branch Of Service : Cavalry
Date of Death: 4/24/1865
Cause of Death: Diarrhea
Remarks* B 4 OH [3], SQUAD 10 MESS 5
Reference: p 44 [3]; p 776 [419] ADG VOL IV 668, 4th Iowa Reg Roster 48
Place Captured: White's Station, Tennessee
Date Captured: 12/14/1864
Alternate Names:
Status: Died at Andersonville
Muster date: 2/29/1864
Age at Muster: 18
More Information Available : NO

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

- Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
- National Archives: Index to Federal Pension Records
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Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Macon County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Section: H, Row: 12846
Maintained by: Kent Kooi
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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John Wesley Akers
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John Wesley Akers
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Some gave all. John Akers. Co B 4th IOWA Cavalry.
 Added: Mar. 25, 2012
Co. B, 4th Iowa Cavalry Regiment
- C & N Rasmussen
 Added: May. 27, 2011

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 Added: Mar. 14, 2011
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