Richard OD Cummings


DeathJune 10, 1880
CemeteryOsceola (Osceola)
PostCummings (Shelby)
Unit2nd Iowa Cavalry, Company I

Private Richard OD Cummings

Company I, 2nd Iowa Cavalry

Veteran Reserve Corps

Cummings was born in England in 1830. He was living in Maquoketa (Jackson County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 24, 1861. The 30 year old was mustered in the unit on September 12, 1861. He served over 3 years and was mustered out on October 3, 1864 at Davenport, Iowa.

The 2nd Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa in August and September 1861. During Cummings’ enlistment the regiment was assigned to duty in several southern states. The unit saw action at the Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862) and the Battle of Tupelo (MS) (July 14-15, 1864).

During his tour of duty, Cummings was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC). The VRC was originated for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from the effects of illness. The soldiers performed “light duty” and allowed able-bodied personnel to be sent to front-line operations. The date of transfer for Cummings to the VRC was not available.

Cummings died on June 10, 1880 and is buried in the Osceola Cemetery in Osceola (Polk County), Nebraska. The Cummings Post (#102) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Shelby, Nebraska is named for him.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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