“The Methodist Regiment”
The 24th Iowa Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 119 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 212 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.
|July-August||The 24th Iowa Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Strong, near Muscatine, Iowa. It was recruited as the “Iowa Temperance Regiment” composed of “men of temperance principles and temperance habits—that is to say, of men who touched not, taste not, handle not spirituous or malt liquor, wine or cider.”|
|September 18||Mustered in for three years Federal service under the command of Colonel E.C. Byam, Lieutenant Colonel John Quincy Wilds, Major Ed Wright and Adjutat C.L. Byam.
Company A, Jackson County – Captain Henderson
|October 20-28||Moved to Helena, Arkansas on the steamboat Hawkeye State. Attached to District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept, Missouri|
|November 16-21||Expedition from Helena, Ark., to Arkansas Post|
|Expedition to Grenada, Miss.|
|December||Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, then 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. Tennessee. Captain Stephen W. Rathburn of Company B resigned and was replaced by Captain Benjamin F. Forbes.|
|January 13-19||Gorman’s Expedition up White River|
|February||Attached to 2nd Brigade, 12th Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. Tennessee|
|March 5-12||Expedition up St. Francis and Little Rivers|
|March 9||Skirmish at Madison|
|March 13-April 5||Yazoo Pass Expedition and operations against Fort Pemberton and Greenwood. The regiment mustered 600 men.|
|April 13||Moved to Milliken’s Bend|
|April 25-30||Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf|
Battle of Port Gibson
The regiment lost six men wounded, one mortally, in its first battle.
|May 2-3||Bayou Pierrie|
|May 12-13||Fourteen Mile Creek|
Battle of Champion’s Hill
The regiment charged and captured a six gun battery, but suffered heavily due to the “total incapacity” of Colonel Byan. It suffered 195 casualties out of 417 men engaged. Forty-three men were killed and 40 were mortally wounded, and 30 maimed for life. Captains Silas D. Johnson and William Carbee and Lieutenant Chauncey Lawrance were killed, and Major Ed Wright was badly wounded and Captain Leander Clark was lightly wounded.
Colonel Byan resigned shortly after and Lieutenant Colonel John Quincy Wilds took over command of the regiment.
|May 17||Big Black River Bridge
Lieutenant Jeremiah C. Gue was promoted to captain of Company C.
|May 18-July 4||
Siege of Vicksburg, Miss.
Assault on Vicksburg
Assault on Vicksburg
|July 5-10||Advance on Jackson, Miss.|
Siege of Jackson
Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. Tennessee
|August 2||Ordered to New Orleans, La.|
|August 5||Captain Benjamin F. Forbes of Company B died in the hospital at Vicksburg and was replaced by Captain William T. Rigby.|
|Duty at Carrollton and Brashear City|
Western Louisiana Campaign
|November 3||Vermillionville, Carrion Crow Bayou
Captain Jeremiah C. Gue of Company C was killed by a guerilla. He was replaced by Captain Edwin H. Pound.
|At New Iberia|
|January 17||Moved to New Orleans then to Madisonville and duty there|
|March 14-May 22||
Red River Campaign
|March 14-26||Advance from Franklin to Alexandria|
Battle of Sabine Cross Roads
Only five companies of the regiment were engaged under the ommand of Major Wright, while the rest were assigned guard duty with the train. Thirty four men were wounded or captured. Captain Wilbur C. Dimmitt of Company F was mortally wounded and captured.
|April 9||Pleasant Hill|
|April 22-23||Cane River Crossing|
|April 26-May 13||At Alexandria. Lieutenant Colonel Wilds rejoined the regiment from revruiting service in Iowa.|
|April 30-May 10||Construction of dam at Alexandria|
|May 5||Graham’s Plantation|
Retreat to Morganza
Captain B.G. Paul was killed and several men wounded.
|May 30-June 6||Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya River|
|July 2-13||Moved to Fort Monroe, Virginia.|
|July 30||Moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division|
|August||Moved by train to Monocacy, Maryland, and then to Harpers Ferry. Attached to 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Army Shenandoah|
Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign
The regiment lost 74 men killed, wounded or captured. Captain Joseph R. Gould of Company D and Lieutenant Sylvester S. Dillman were killed. Adjutant Daniel W. Camp and Lieutenants W.W. Edgington and Royal S. Williams were wounded. Major Leander Clark was lightly wounded.
The collapse of Early’s Army of the Valley was caused by maneuver rather than severe fighting, and the regiment lost only five men wounded. Captain McKinley was badly wounded in the pursuit after the battle.
Nearly 100 men became casualties in the dawn surprise attack on the Federal camps. Lieutenant Colonel John Q. Wilds, in command of the regiment, was wounded in the arm. The wound became infected and, shortly after receiving the news that his wife and two dauhters had died of disease back in Iowa, Lieutenant Colonel Wilds died in a hospital in Winchester.
|October-December||Duty in the Shenandoah Valley|
|December||Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Army Shenandoah.|
|January 6-7||Moved by rail to Baltimore, Maryland.
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ed Wright, Major Leander Clark and Adjutant William H. Smouse, Surgeon, Doctor Henry M. Lyons and Quartermaster A.B. Eshelman.
Company A – Captain Seymour J. McKinley
|January 14-20||To Savannah, Geotgia. Attached to 3rd Brigade, Grover’s Division, District of Savannah, Dept. South|
|March 4||To Hilton Head, South Carolina. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps, Army Ohio|
|March 6||To Wilmington, North Carolina.|
|March 8-10||To Morehead City and Newberne|
|March 12||To Morehead City|
|April 9||To Goldsboro|
|April 16||Captain Edwin H. Pound of Company C resigned. First Lieutenant Anderson J. Scott took over command of Company C.|
|May 1-6||To Savannah, attached to District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. South|
|May 11||Moved to Hamburg, S.C.|
|May 31||To Augusta|
|June 20||To Savannah|
|July 17||Mustered out at Savannah, Ga.|
|July 20-August 2||Moved to Davenport, Iowa and disbanded there.|