|Birth||July 27, 1839|
|Death||Oct. 23, 1912|
|Cemetery||Oak Grove (DeWitt)|
|Unit||2nd Iowa Infantry, Company B|
Captain Frank M Suiter
Company B, 2nd Iowa Infantry
Suiter was born in Iowa on July 27, 1839. He was living in LeClaire (Scott County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on April 20, 1861. The 21-year old enlisted as a sergeant. Suiter was mustered on May 27, 1861 and served 3 years. He resigned his commission on May 31, 1864. Suiter was promoted 4 times during his tour of duty:
To 1st sergeant (July 29, 1861)
To 2nd lieutenant (April 6, 1862)
To 1st lieutenant (October 4, 1862)
To captain (August 5, 1863)
The 2nd Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on May 27, 1861. The unit fought in 3 major battles in the early part of the Civil War:
Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 14-16, 1862). The unit lost 32 soldiers and 166 were wounded on February 15, 1862.
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Seven soldiers were killed, 37 were wounded, and 3 were taken prisoner on April 6, 1862.
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-5, 1862). Over 3 days of fighting, the outfit lost 15 soldiers, 65 were wounded, and 10 were taken prisoner.
Suiter received 2 wounds during the Battle of Corinth. Excerpts taken from the Davenport, Iowa Daily Gazette indicate that the 1st wound was minor. The 2nd wound was more severe. A musket ball passed through his leg below the knee. No bones were broken and Suiter recovered and rejoined his unit.
Suiter died on October 23, 1912 at the age of 73 years. He is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in DeWitt (Saline County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Curtis Post (#89) of the Grand Army of the Republic in DeWitt.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.