Charles Geddes


BirthAug. 15, 1842
DeathFeb. 9, 1932
CemeteryEvergreen Home (Beatrice)
PostRawlins (Beatrice)
Unit16th Iowa Infantry, Company I

2nd Lieutenant Charles Geddes

Company I, 16th Iowa Infantry

Geddes was born in Canada on August 15, 1842. He was living in Vinton (Benton County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on February 25, 1862. Geddes was mustered on March 24, 1862. He served 3 years and 4 months before being discharged on July 19, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Geddes re-enlisted on March 11, 1864. He enlisted as a private and was promoted 4 times during his tour of duty. His final promotion was to 2nd Lieutenant on June 5, 1865.

The 16th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport, Iowa between December 10, 1861 and March, 1862. During Geddes’ enlistment, the regiment fought in many major battles and campaigns.

The Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862) was one of the first major battles for the regiment. The inexperience regiment suffered heavy casualties during the first day of the battle. Eighteen (18) soldiers were killed, 104 were wounded, and 15 were reported as prisoner-of-war or missing. The Battle of Iuka (MS) (September 19, 1862) was another costly battle. The regiment lost 15 soldiers, 50 were wounded, and 10 were reported as prisoners or missing. The regiment fought at the Siege of Vicksburg (MS) from May 18-July 4, 1863. The unit was assigned to the Atlanta Campaign from June 8 to September 8, 1864. Geddes was wounded on July 21, 1864 near Nickajack Creek, Georgia. Some members of the 16th Iowa Infantry were part of General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in November-December, 1864. It is unclear if Geddes participated in his historic event.

Geddes died on February 9, 1932 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice (Gage County), Nebraska. Geddes was a member of the Rawlins Post (#35) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Beatrice.

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


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