|Birth||May 22, 1842|
|Death||Aug. 26, 1938|
|Unit||2nd Iowa Infantry, Company G|
Private Nathan B. Tharp
Company G, 2nd Iowa Infantry
Tharp was born in Savannah (Davis County), Iowa on May 22, 1842. He was residing in Bloomfield (Davis County), Iowa when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on August 16, 1861. Tharp served over 3 years with the regiment and was mustered out on May 30, 1865.
The 2nd Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on May 27, 1861. During Tharp’s enlistment, the regiment was in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 14-16, 1862). Regimental losses were 32 killed and 166 wounded.
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862). Regimental losses 15 killed, 65 wounded, and 4 were captured.
Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 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) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Tharp died on August 26, 1938 at the age of 96 years. He is buried in the Sunrise Cemetery in Wahoo (Saunders County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Andrew Post (#90) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wahoo.
Doc – Tharp(2IOWA).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.