|Birth||Aug. 4, 1840|
|Death||April 6, 1931|
|Unit||13th Iowa Infantry, Company I|
Sergeant Leander D Gray
Company I, 13th Iowa Infantry
Gray was born in Pennsylvania on August 4, 1840. He was residing in Washington (Washington County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on October 11, 1861. Gray was mustered on November 1, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and promoted to sergeant on the same date. He served over 3 years. He was discharged on July 21, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
The 13th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport between October 18 and November 2, 1861. The unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).
Battle of Champion’s Hill (LA) (May 16, 1863).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (June 8-September 8, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Pursuit of General Hood (AL) (October 1-21, 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 1864).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1864).
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).
The unit lost 23 soldiers and 149 were wounded on April 6, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh. The Atlanta Campaign was very costly. Thirty-three (33) were killed, 125 wounded, 73 were taken prisoner, and 16 were reported missing during July and August of 1864.
Gray died on April 6, 1931 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Old Beatrice Cemetery in Beatrice (Gage County), Nebraska. Gray 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.