|Birth||July 6, 1846|
|Death||Oct. 13, 1936|
|Unit||8th Iowa Cavalry, Company M|
Private Henry Foust
Company M, 8th Iowa Cavalry
Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)
Foust was born in Shelby County, Indiana on July 6, 1846. He was living in Des Moines (Polk County), Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered on June 25, 1863. Foust served about 10 months with the regiment and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on May 1, 1864. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from the impact of diseases. The soldiers were assigned to “light duty’ which allowed able-bodied soldiers to be assigned to front-line duties.
The 8th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa on September 30, 1863. During Foust’s enlistment, the unit was sent to Nashville, Tennessee and assigned guard duty and garrison duty.
Foust died on October 13, 1936 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Schuyler Cemetery in Schuyler (Colfax County), Nebraska. Foust was the last member of the Sheridan Post (#34) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Schuyler.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.