Richard Bean was a Private in the Union Army, Co. G, 27th Iowa Infantry. He mustered in October 3, 1862 (maybe at Dubuque, IA). It says on the Company Muster-in Roll that he was 24 years old and that his occupation was as a farmer. He enlisted August 15, 1862 in Nashua, Iowa for a period of 3 years. the enlistment person was A. L. Rupe. It also says he had black hair and eyes and his complexion was dark. He was five foot, five and a half inches tall. On that date he was to be paid the sum of $25, and the premium paid was $2.00.
The battles in which he fought were: Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, April 9, 1864; and Old Oaks, Louisiana, May 18, 1864; Ditch Bayou, Arkansas, June 6, 1864; Tupelo and Old Town Creek, Mississippi, July 15 and 16, 1864; Nashville, Tennessee, December 15 and 16, 1864; and the Siege and Capture of Blakely, Alabama, April 2 through 9, 1865.
June 1863 he went to the regimental hospital (Gayoso USA General Hospital) in Memphis, TN because he was sick. On August 24, 1863 he left at Memphis, Tennessee because he was sick. During the months of September and October 1863 he was employed as a guard at the hospital until he returned to duty. He rejoined his Company from the hospital December 10, 1863.
Richard's muster-out date was August 8, 1865. At that time, he had last been paid to February 28, 1865. He mustered-out in Clinton, Iowa. At that time they paid him a bounty of $25 and he was due $75.
In 1896 Richard R. Bean applied for a pension from the government for his service in the Civil War.
The Nashua Reporter, Nashua, Chickasaw, IA Mar. 28, 1928
"Was Last Member of 27th Ia.
Richard [Rufus] Bean, who was buried from the "Little Brown Church" last Wednesday, was the last of Company G, 27th Iowa Infantry in this vicinity.
The church was packed with sorrowing relatives and friends. The Womens Relief Corps held their burial services for a comrade of the Civil War. A goodly number of the Legion members with their colors were present, and four members of the Grand Army were present. Eight grandsons of the deceased acted as pall bearers. The floral designs and flowers were exceedingly fine.
At the grave, the Legion gun squad gave their salute, taps were sounded and our comrade was left in the quiet of beautiful Greenwood."
Mary Ellen Ripley Bean
1842–1916 (m. 1861)
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