PVT John Wesley Akers

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PVT John Wesley Akers

  • Birth 1846 Indiana, USA
  • Death 24 Apr 1865 Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Section: H, Row: 12846
  • Memorial ID 51150594

John Wesley Akers was the son of James M. Akers, and his wife, Mary (Wright) Akers. He was born in Indiana, and moved with his family to Iowa in 1857. The family settled in Milo Township, Delaware County, Iowa, southeast of Manchester.

John W. Akers was just 18, and living in Delaware Co., Iowa, when he enlisted as a Private in Co. B of the 4th Iowa Cavalry on Feb 29, 1864. He was mustered into federal service on the same day.

Akers was captured in action on Dec 14, 1864, at White's Station, Tenn. He died in prison at Andersonville, Ga., April 25, 1865, and was buried in the National Cemetery, Andersonville, Ga., Grave #12,846.

In the list of deaths at Andersonville, compiled by fellow prisoner Dorance Atwater, Akers somehow became listed as a soldier from OHIO rather than Iowa.

His Mother (Mary Akers) applied for a pension on Aug 3, 1866. Her application is #131,099, and her certificate #140,903.

His Father (James M Akers) applied for a pension on June 16, 1892 from the state of IA. His application is #552,793, and his certificate #398,678.

Akers' brother-in-law, George W. Clapp, also from Delaware County, Iowa, was married to John W. Akers' older sister, Serilda Akers (#59591868).

Clapp was also a member of Co. B of the 4th Iowa Cavalry, and had been taken prisoner at the same time. Clapp was also at Andersonville, but was later paroled and survived the war. (#59591826)

Code No: 22846
Grave No: 12846
Last Name: Akers
First Name: John W.
Rank: Private
Company: C
Regiment: 4
State: IA
Branch Of Service : Cavalry
Date of Death: 4/24/1865
Cause of Death: Diarrhea
Remarks* B 4 OH [3], SQUAD 10 MESS 5
Reference: p 44 [3]; p 776 [419] ADG VOL IV 668, 4th Iowa Reg Roster 48
Place Captured: White's Station, Tennessee
Date Captured: 12/14/1864
Alternate Names:
Status: Died at Andersonville
Muster date: 2/29/1864
Age at Muster: 18
More Information Available : NO

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

- Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
- National Archives: Index to Federal Pension Records
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com


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  • Maintained by: Kent Kooi
  • Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 15 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51150594
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT John Wesley Akers (1846–24 Apr 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51150594, citing Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Kent Kooi (contributor 46562030) .