|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1865|
Excerpt of a letter written by 2nd Lt. Gilbert Cooley of Company G, 21st Iowa Volunteer Infantry on March 26, 1865.
Had Reville this morning at 4 & Broke Camp at ½ past 7. Marched 2 ½ miles. When Our Reg't was ordered by Gen. Veach to take the advance & Deploy as Skirmishers. Co A, F & K Deployed & the rest of the Reg't as support. We then advanced rapidly, 4 miles to Rock & Fly Creek, which we crossed. Co D & C were then Deployed & the other Comp. withdrawn. We then advanced about ½ a mile, when Co. D was withdrawn. Then advanced ½ a mile & met the Enemies Skirmishers, who fired on our men. Which was replied to & the Rebs Retired. Our army then got in line of battle & advanced ½ a mile & we then again met them & halted & Skirmished with them untill Sundown. Co. C, I were relieved at 4 O'clock by Co. H, G & B.
When we were ordered to advance ½ a mile. Capt. Boardman was in Charge of the Skirmishers. They advanced ¼ of a mile & halted & Capt. Boardman sent for me to Come out to help him, which I did. Found the line in a verry bad order, but we Soon got them all right & gave them a good lecture & then advanced ½ a mile farther. This was after Dark, but we Could See Some, but not Enough to see a man 10 rods off. The order Came to halt & just as the line halted, the Rebs gave us a heavy volly, to which our Boys replied immediately. Our Skirmish line had no Sooner fired, than there was 50 to 100 fools in our Reg't that Blazed away at the Rebs, But the Balls Came all around us & Capt. Boardman took a tree on the Side next to the Enemy, but fortunately not a man was injured in the Skirmish line. They fell all around me, but did not get a scratch at this time. Our Skirmish line was about one mile from Spanish Battery. There was a man Shot dead in Co. C, when the Rebels fired on us, but he was with the support about 200 yds. in our rear. We held our position untill about 12 in the night, when we were relieved by the 47th Ind., but not untill our Support had thrown up works for our protection. After being relieved we went back to where we lay during the afternoon & lay down till morning, verry tired, for we had had a verry hard days work. Thus the 21st Iowa had the honor of opening the 2d Campaign of the 13th Army Corps.
Arnold Allen of Company C was shot in the back of the head and killed,, George W. Andrew of Company C was wounded in the right hand, and Howard Johnson of Company F was wounded in the left hand by the fire from men of their own regiment when they mistakenly fired into the rear of the reserve of the skirmish line. Information on wounds from Carded Medical Files of Volunteers, NARA.
His current roster listing:
ALLEN, Arnold. Age 18. Residence Epworth, nativity Pennsylvania. Enlisted Aug. 3, 1862. Mustered Aug. 20, 1862. Admitted Post Hospital, Houston, MO, Nov. 13, 1862, Acute Diarrhea, returned to duty Nov. 21, 1862. Engaged Battles of Hartville, MO, Port Gibson, MS, Champion's Hill, MS, Black River Bridge, MS, Siege of Vicksburg, MS, and killed in action in the reserve of the skirmish line by friendly fire from the regimental line near Spanish Fort, AL, Mar. 26, 1865, gunshot wound to back of head, field hospital, Surgeon D. W. Chase. Buried as Private A. Allen, Section 1, Grave 45, Mobile National Cemetery, date of death mistakenly listed as Apr. 9, 1865, Fort Blakeley, AL.
Mobile National Cemetery
Plot: 1, 0, 45
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