Nelson W Marks


BirthAug. 11, 1844
DeathJuly 29, 1931
CemeteryAshland (Ashland)
Unit8th Iowa Infantry, Company H

Sergeant Nelson W Marks

Company H, 8th Iowa Infantry

Marks was born in Ohio on August 11, 1844. He was residing in Oskaloose (Mahaska County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 12, 1861. Marks was mustered on September 12, 1861 and went on to serve 4 years and 7 months. He re-enlisted on January 11, 1864 and was discharged on April 20, 1866 at Selma, Alabama. Marks enlisted as a private and promoted to corporal on March 1, 1863 and to sergeant on February 1, 1865.

The 8th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport in August and September 1861. The first major engagement for the regiment was the Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). On April 6 the regiment lost 32 soldiers, 115 were wounded, 355 were captured, and 12 were reported missing. Iowa records indicate that the prisoners were paroled on October 18, 1862 and exchanged on November 10, 1862. Private Marks was one of the soldiers that was captured on April 6, 1862.

Marks died on July 29, 1931 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Ashland Cemetery in Ashland (Saunders County), Nebraska.

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


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