John Covalt


BirthSept. 23, 1841
DeathMarch 24, 1930
CemeteryRose Hill (Broadwater)
PostBurnside (Bladen)
Unit2nd Iowa Light Artillery

Private John Covalt

2nd Independent Battery, Iowa Light Artillery

Covalt was born in Tyler County, West Virginia on September 23, 1841. He was living in Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County), Iowa when he enlisted in the battery on August 1, 1861. He was mustered on August 8, 1861 and re-enlisted on March 28, 1864. Covalt served nearly 4 years. He was discharged on August 7, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa.

The 2nd Independent Battery was organized in Iowa at large and was mustered at Council Bluffs on August 18, 1861. During Covalt’s enlistment, the unit saw action at several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 10-17, 1863).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).

Covalt died on March 24, 1930 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Broadwater (Morrill County), Nebraska. Covalt was a member of the Burnside Post (#79) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Bladen, Nebraska.

Doc – Covalt(2IOWA).doc

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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