Harvey B Linton


BirthOct. 29, 1841
DeathAug. 11, 1932
CemeteryBlue Ridge (Gresham)
PostCummings (Shelby)
Unit6th Iowa Infantry, Company I

2nd Lieutenant Harvey B Linton

Company I, 6th Iowa Infantry

Linton was born in Iowa on October 29, 1841. He was residing in Linton (Allamakee County), Iowa when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on July 29, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 26, 1864. Linton served nearly 4 years. He was discharged on July 21, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Linton was promoted 4 times during his tour of duty. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal and sergeant in 1863. Linton was promoted to first sergeant and 2nd lieutenant in 1865.

The 6th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Burlington, Iowa on July 17, 1861. During Prindle’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 14-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 10-17, 1863).

Battle of Missionary Ridge (TN) (November 25, 1863).

Battle of Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 10-July 2, 1864).

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 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).

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 Battles at Shiloh and Kenesaw Mountain were very costly. On April 6, 1862 the regiment lost 44 soldiers, 93 were wounded, 30 were captured, and 6 were reported missing at the Battle of Shiloh. At Kenesaw Mountain on November 25, 1863 the unit lost 9 men and 58 were wounded. Linton was wounded on June 27, 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain. Linton’s return to the regiment was not available.

Linton died on August 11, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in Gresham (Polk County), Nebraska. Linton was a member of the Cummings Post (#102) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Shelby, Nebraska.

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


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