|Birth||Dec. 12, 1844|
|Death||Dec. 23, 1926|
|Unit||8th Iowa Infantry, Company E|
Private Jacob H Wyman
Company E, 8th Iowa Infantry
Wyman was born in Indiana on December 12, 1844. The 17 year old was living in Knoxville (Marion County), Iowa when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on January 21, 1862. Wyman re-enlisted on January 11, 1864 and served over 5 years. He was mustered out on April 20, 1866 at Selma, Alabama.
The 8th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport in August and September 1861. During Wyman’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Battle of Pleasant Hill (LA) (April 9, 1864).
Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).
The Battle of Shiloh was the most costly engagement for the regiment. On April 6, 1862 the regiment lost 32 soldiers, 115 were killed, and 355 were taken prisoner. The captured officers were eventually sent to the Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The enlisted men were sent to various prisons in Alabama. Iowa records indicate that Wyman was not captured during the Battle.
Wyman died on December 23, 1926 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lexington (Dawson County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Morrow Post (#319) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Overton, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Reno Post (#99) in Lexington and the Gavitt Post (#299) in Kearney of the GAR.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.