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Lieutenant McCall was then made Captain of the company, and George W. Crossley, of Nevada, First Lieutenant. Lieutenant Crossley was afterwards promoted to be Major of the regiment. The regiment left Keokuk the last of June for the South, and from that time until the grand review at Washington in May, 1865, it was on the move and always in front. Its first battle was at Blue Mills, Missouri; its last in North Carolina. It was in the battle of Shiloh, siege of Corinth, and with Hurlbut on the Hatchie; with Grant at Vicksburg, and Banks on Red River; in Lawman's reckless charge at Jackson, and Sherman's march to Meridian. It marched all the way with Sherman from Clifton, near Donnelson, on the Tennessee, to Washington, on the Potomac, via Chattanooga, Atlanta, Savannah, Columbia, Goldsboro, and Raleigh. It engaged in all the important events of that campaign, and during this march the regiment went out of existence. At Atlanta all its commissioned officers present were killed, and it was then consolidated with the 2d Veteran Infantry, forming Companies "A," "F," and "P," of that regiment, Co. " E" being a part of Co. "A" as then organized. The Story County boys who went out in this company saw service in every State south of Mason and Dixon's line, except Florida; and out of fifty who enlisted from the county only ten returned with the company in July, 1865; others had preceded them, having been discharged on account of disease and wounds received in battle. But the following, who will always live in the memories of their friends and comrades, who went forth with strong hands and brave hearts but will never return, viz.: Nathaniel Jennings, Elisha B. Craig, George W. Grove. Henry H. Halley, Wm. B. Taylor, Lewis M. Vincent, Asa Walker, Wm. R. White, Thomas Dent, and Thomas M. Davis. Some of them died in battle, others of disease, and one, the last named, succumbed to the horrible treatment at Andersonville Prison.
Our County being but sparsely settled offered a forming field for recruiting agents from other counties and in consequence our volunteers were widely distributed in a large number of regiments. The 1st, 2d, 3d, 10th, 11th, 12th 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 23d, 32d, 37th, 40th, 44th, 47th, and 48th regiments of Infantry; the 2d and 4th Artillery; and 2d, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Cavalryall having more or less Story County men in them. In the 10th were quite a number scattered in three different companies, but not enough in any one to claim it as a Story County organization. Paul A. Queal raised about forty men who were assigned to Co. "B," 2d Cavalry. of which he was made first Lieutenant and afterward Captain. This company was mustered into the United Mates service August 31, 1861, and during the fall and winter of that year, operated in Missouri. In the spring and summer of 1862 it did valuable service in the Beige of Corinth, and suffered severely in the battle of Farrington. After the evacuation of Corinth it was busy scouting in Mississippi and Tennessee, and participated in innumerable skirmishes and raids, engaging the