John O Riley


BirthApril 14, 1843
DeathSept. 9, 1930
CemeteryParkview (Hastings)
PostStrickland (Hastings)
Unit28th Iowa Infantry, Company E

Private John O Riley

Company E, 28th Iowa Infantry

Riley was born in Ohio on April 14, 1843. He was residing in Iowa City (Johnson County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 11, 1862. Riley was mustered on September 3, 1862 and served until July 31, 1865. He was discharged at Savannah, Georgia.

The 28th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Iowa City on October 10, 1862. During Riley’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 21 killed, 67 wounded, and 20 captured.

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

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

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 10 killed, 59 wounded, and 24 captured.

Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 9 killed, 74 wounded, and 12 captured.

Riley died September 9, 1930 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, Nebraska. Riley was a member of the Strickland Post (#13) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hastings.

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


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