|Birth||Oct. 3, 1843|
|Death||Feb. 20, 1936|
|Unit||6th Iowa Cavalry, Company E|
Corporal Rolando J Finch
Company E, 6th Iowa Cavalry
Finch was born in Orleans County, New York on October 3, 1843. He was residing in Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on September 17, 1862. Finch was mustered on November 14, 1862 and served 2 years and 11 months. Finch was promoted several times with the corporal rank. His final promotion was on July 1, 1865 to 2nd corporal. He was discharged on October 17, 1865 at Sioux City, Iowa.
The 6th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport between January 31 and March 5, 1863. The unit was sent to the Dakota Territory and served under General Alfred Sully. They were engaged in operations against Indians during their deployment. The 6th Iowa Cavalry fought at the Battle of Whitestone Hill in present day Dickey County, North Dakota on September 3, 1863. In 2 days of fighting, the regiment lost 11 soldiers and 18 were wounded.
Finch died on February 20, 1936 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe (Furnas County), Nebraska. Finch was a member of the Garrett Post (#120) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Arapahoe.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.