|Birth||Jan. 20, 1843|
|Death||June 16, 1932|
|Unit||24th Iowa Infantry, Company A|
Private Isaac N Esmay
Company A, 24th Iowa Infantry
Esmay was born in New York on January 20, 1843. He was residing in Sabula (Jackson County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 14, 1862. Esmay was mustered in on August 27, 1862. He served 2 years and 11 months before being discharged on July 17, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia.
The 24th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Muscatine on September 18, 1862. Esmay was wounded at the Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) on May 16, 1863. The regiment suffered heavy casualties on that date. The regimental losses were 43 killed, 105 wounded, and 8 were captured. Esmay rejoined the regiment and was involved in two other major operations:
Red River Campaign (LA) (March 14-May 22, 1864).
General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864). Three major battles were fought during this campaign:
Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 12 killed, 58 wounded, and 4 were captured.
Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (September 22, 1864).
Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 7 killed, 46 wounded, and 43 captured.
Esmay died on June 16, 1932 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Valley Cemetery in Valley (Douglas County), Nebraska. Esmay was a member of the Atlanta Post (#174) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Valley.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.