|Birth||Dec. 25, 1847|
|Death||July 1, 1931|
|Unit||11th Iowa Infantry, Company D|
Private Albert Wiker
Company D, 11th Iowa Infantry
Wiker was born in Pennsylvania on December 25, 1847. The 16 year old was residing in Wilton (Cedar & Muscatine Counties), Iowa when he enlisted on February 8, 1864. Wiker was mustered on February 17, 1864 and served about 17 months. He was discharged on July 15, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
The 11th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport between September 28 and October 18, 1861. Wiker joined the regiment in the early part of 1864. During his enlistment the regiment was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864). Regimental losses were 16 killed, 78 captured, 34 taken prisoner, and 21 reported missing. Wiker was one of the wounded. He received a slight head wound.
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22 – August 25, 1864).
Pursuit of General John Bell Hood (AL) (October 1-26, 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 (NC/SC) (January – April, 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Wiker died July 1, 1931 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Alliance Cemetery in Alliance (Box Butte County), Nebraska. Wiker was a member of the Morrow Post (#319) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Overton, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.