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LTC Jacob Abernethy
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Birth: 1838
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1864
Georgia, USA

Lieutenant Colonel 3rd Iowa Battalion.
Orig. bur. at Marietta.

Abernethy, Jacob. Age 23. Residence Leo, nativity Ohio. Enlisted May 20, 1861, as First Sergeant. Mustered June 8, 1861. Promoted Second Lieutenant Sept. 1, 1862. Wounded in right knee and taken prisoner July 12, 1863, Jackson, Miss. See Field and Staff, Third Infantry Consolidated Battalion.
-Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War, Vol. I, page 298

Jacob Abernathy. Age 22. Residence Leo, nativity Ohio. Appointed Lieutenant Colonel July 8, 1864, from Second Lieutenant of company F. Killed in action July 21, 1864, Atlanta, Ga. Buried in National Cemetery, Marietta, Ga. Section G, grave Y.
-Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion, Together with Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations, 1861-1866 ... By Iowa Adjutant General's Office

DATE OF DEATH: 07/21/1864

I did not find a reference in the OR to a Lieutenant Colonel Abernathy being killed. Most times when a high-ranking officer was killed, it was mentioned in the OR in a report. In OR Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part III) Report No. 584 page 580, Brig. Gen. Giles A. Smith reported on the battle of July 21. However, he stated that he did not receive reports from his brigade commanders, Col. Shane and Col. Potts, and the list of killed and wounded was lost.

According to the re-interment record, Abernathy was buried at Marietta, away from the action that the Third Iowa was involved in on July 21, 1864, just east of Atlanta. He may have been transported off the field to the a hospital in Marietta with mortal wounds. The next day's battle, July 22, would become known as the battle of Atlanta. Captain Mathes of the 53rd Indiana was commanding the Third Iowa during that battle and was killed in that battle.

In CWSS, Abernathy is listed as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Jacob Abernathy (First_Last)
Regiment Name 3 Iowa Inf.
Side Union
Company F
Soldier's Rank_In 1 Sergt.
Soldier's Rank_Out 2 Lieut.
Alternate Name Jacob/Abernethy
Film Number M541 roll 1 
Family links: 
  Jehiel Abernethy (1806 - 1888)
  Anna Mary Ettinger Abernethy (1806 - 1868)
  Alonzo Abernethy (1836 - 1915)*
  Jacob Abernethy (1838 - 1864)
*Calculated relationship
Marietta National Cemetery
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: G 8327
Created by: Janet
Record added: Sep 13, 2008
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LTC Jacob Abernethy
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LTC Jacob Abernethy
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