John Shoff


BirthOct. 27, 1840
DeathMay 15, 1934
CemeteryGrafton (Grafton)
PostSherman (Friend)
Unit33rd Iowa Infantry, Company H

Private John Shoff

Company H, 33rd Iowa Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Shoff was born in Guernsey County, Ohio on October 27, 1840. He was residing in White Pigeon (Keokuk County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 14, 1862. Shoff was mustered on September 1, 1862. He served with the unit until February 1, 1865 when he was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC). The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from disease. The members were assigned to light duty which freed up able-bodied soldiers for front line duty.

The 33rd Iowa Infantry organized and mustered at Oskaloosa on October 4, 1862. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several battles and campaigns. Three (3) of them include:

Battle of Helena (AR) (July 4, 1863). Regimental losses were 18 killed, 49 wounded, and 19 captured.

Capture of Little Rock (AK) (September 10, 1863).

Battle of Saline River (AK) (April 30, 1864). Regimental losses were 6 killed, 111 wounded, and 58 captured.

Shoff died on May 15, 1934 at the age of 93 years. He is buried in the Grafton Cemetery in Grafton (Fillmore County), Nebraska. Shoff was a member of the Sherman Post (#130) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Friend, Nebraska.

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


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