|Birth||Nov. 22, 1842|
|Death||March 13, 1931|
|Unit||7th Iowa Infantry, Company D|
Fifer Elijah F Cowles
Company D, 7th Iowa Infantry
Cowles was born in Iowa on November 22, 1842. He was residing in Fort Madison (Lee County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on July 12, 1861. Cowles was mustered on July 25, 1861 and re-enlisted on December 25, 1863. He served 4 years before being discharged on July 12, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Cowles was promoted to fifer during his tour of duty.
The 7th Iowa Infantry was organized at Burlington between July 24 and August 4, 1861. During Cowles’ enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Belmont (MO) (November 7, 1861). Regimental losses were 48 killed, 140 wounded, and 43 were captured.
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 10 killed, 18 wounded, and 2 were captured.
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862). Regimental losses were 20 killed, 83 wounded, and 12 were captured.
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 13-14, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Cowles died on March 13, 1931 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge (Furnas County), Nebraska. Cowles was a member of the Cambridge Post (#187) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Cambridge.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.