|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1864|
Son of William H. McDonald & Mary 'Jane' Acheson.
Nathaniel McDonald, age 23, a resident of Winterset, Iowa, nativity Ohio, enlisted as a Private, 04 May 1864 in Company E, 47th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was mustered in on 04 June 1864. "Immediately after their muster into the service the regiment received orders to proceed to Helena, Arkansas, and was conveyed to that place, where they were assigned to garrison duty. They were attached to the Seventh Army Corps, Department of Arkansas. The Regiment remained on duty at Helena and in the Military District of Eastern Arkansas during their entire term of service The climate was unhealthful and the regiment suffered greatly from sickness. In this respect they had the same experience that had been encountered by many other Iowa regiments in that same field of operations. The death list of Iowa soldiers at Helena and at other places among the lowlands of Arkansas grew to frightful proportions..." Nathaniel died 13 August 1864 in Helena, Arkansas. He was one of 57 men in his Regiment who died of disease. He is buried in the what was the Mississippi River National Cemetery, now known as Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, Section A, grave 2312.
"...nearly seven per cent of the regiment was fatally stricken, while an equal or larger number returned to their homes with health greatly impaired, some of whom subsequently died of the ailments with which they were afflicted, and many more were never fully restored to health. Disease was the most insidious foe with which the soldiers had to contend." Source: Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion, Vol. 5; Historical Sketch of the Forty-seventh Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry by Guy E. Logan.
William H McDonald (1806 - 1890)
Melvin McDonald (1834 - 1860)*
Nathaniel McDonald (1840 - 1864)
Amanda Maria McDonald Hazen (1857 - 1910)*
Memphis National Cemetery
Plot: Section A, Site 2312
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Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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