|Birth||July 31, 1845|
|Death||Feb. 14, 1941|
|Unit||5th Iowa Cavalry, Company C|
Private Aaron S Younkin
Company C, 5th Iowa Cavalry
Younkin was born in Summit County, Pennsylvania on July 31, 1845. He was residing in Johnson County, Iowa when he enlisted on March 26, 1864. Younkin was mustered on April 1, 1864 and served about 16 months. He was discharged on August 11, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.
The 5th Iowa Cavalry was referred to as the “Curtis Horse” during the War. It was named after General Samuel Curtis. The regiment was comprised of soldiers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. Younkin’s Company C was organized in Omaha in 1861. The regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns during the War. Some of them include:
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations against Confederate General John Bell Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Battle of Selma (AL) (April 2, 1865).
Capture of Macon (GA) (April 20, 1865).
Younkin died on February 14, 1941 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Younkin was a member of the following Nebraska Grand Army of the Republic Posts:
Farragut Post (#25) in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Rawlins Post (#35) in Beatrice, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.