|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1864|
Capt Pleasant T. Mathes. Co D 53rd Indiana. (Listed in Indiana AG Vol. 2 as Plasant T. Matthis.) Resident of Corydon. Commissioned 2nd Lieut Jan. 10, 1862. Promoted 1st Lieut Sept. 14, 1862. Promoted Captain May 23, 1863. Killed July 22, 1864 at battle of Atlanta, Ga.
Original number of grave plot: 'AA'
OR Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part III) No. 586.
Reports of Col. Benjamin F. Potts, Thirty-second Ohio Infantry, commanding First Brigade, of operations July 17—September 8. HDQRS. FIRST Brig., FOURTH Div., 17TH ARMY CORPS, In the Field, near Atlanta, Ga., July 23, 1864.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of the First Brigade, Fourth Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, on the 22d day of July, 1864, near Atlanta, Ga.:
The Fifty-third Indiana Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Jones commanding; Thirty-second Ohio Volunteers, Capt. W. M. Morris commanding; Third Iowa Volunteers, Captain Mathes, of the Fifty-third Indiana Volunteers, commanding; Fifty-third Illinois Volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel McClanahan commanding, composed the brigade engaged with the enemy. The brigade was intrenched on the left of General Leggett's division, or on the right of Colonel Hall's brigade, with two regiments front; the Thirty-second Ohio Volunteers and Fifty-third Indiana Volunteers occupied the front line, and the Fifty-third Illinois Volunteers and the Third Iowa Volunteers as reserves. Major Allison, of the Fifty-third Illinois Volunteers, and eight companies of his regiment had been posted as pickets on the left flank two miles distant from the division on the evening of July 21.
About 1:20 p.m. of the 22d instant the enemy attacked Colonel Hall's brigade with great impetuosity and turned his left flank. I was directed by General Smith, commanding Fourth Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, to move my reserve regiment to the left of Colonel Hall's brigade and repel the enemy. The Third Iowa Volunteers and two companies of the Fifty-third Illinois Volunteers moved rapidly to the left, but soon met an overwhelming force of the enemy, and after a severe fight of a few minutes were compelled to fall back to the works. In this severe and brief encounter many of the Third Iowa and Fifty-third Illinois were killed, and wounded and fell into the hands of the enemy. It was there the brave and gallant Captain Mathes, commanding Third Iowa Volunteers was mortally wounded and left on the field.
Captain Mathes was given command of the Third Iowa after their Lieut Col Jacob Abernathy was killed on July 21, 1864.
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DATE OF DEATH: 07/22/1864
BURIED AT: SECTION G SITE 8329
Marietta National Cemetery
Plot: G 8329
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