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Sgt William E. Ayers
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1822
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 10, 1888
Page County
Iowa, USA

William Ayers was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted as a Corporal on 28 September 1861 at the age of 38. Mustered in Company D 14th Iowa Infantry on 2 Nov 1861. Promoted to Full Sergeant on 25 Mar 1862. Transferred out of Company D 14th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 29 Apr 1864. Transferred into Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 29 Apr 1864. Mustered out Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 15 Nov 1864.

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Based on enlistment, his service included battles of Ft Henry(Feb 6), Ft Donelson(Feb 16) and Shiloh,TN(Apr 6-7, 1862). The 8th, 12th & 14th Iowa comprised 4/5ths of the troops in "The Hornet's Nest" at Shiloh. They held their ground for 10 hours against attack after attack allowing the Union time to bring reinforcements to rear lines and snatch victory from defeat. Finally surrounded by 10 times their number and out of ammunition they had no choice but to throw down their arms and surrender only to see many of their number shot down with their arms in the air. The majority of all three regiments were captured. The remnants of the unit not captured were assigned to the Union Brigade and participated in the advance and siege of Corinth ,MS Apr 29 –May 30. In 1863, the 14th was reunited with released prisoners, still able-bodied, and new recruits at Davenport,IA. Duty at Cairo,IL until Jan 1864. The regiment participated in the Red River Campaign Mar 10 – May 22 1864.
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  Frances Campbell Ayers (1825 - 1902)*
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Rose Hill Cemetery
Page County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Orig Sec Block 31 Lot 12
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Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Aug 25, 2005
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Sgt William E. Ayers
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Sgt William E. Ayers
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Sgt William E. Ayers
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- Tom Mauer
 Added: Jul. 15, 2014

- Steve Kiner
 Added: Aug. 13, 2012
Sgt Co D 14th Iowa Infantry. Remember those who served.
- kweaver
 Added: Jun. 24, 2012

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