William W Rasor


BirthSept. 21, 1836
DeathOct. 13, 1915
CemeteryChapman (Chapman)
PostElder (Chapman)
Unit28th Iowa Infantry, Company A

Sergeant William W Rasor

Company A, 28th Iowa Infantry

Rasor (also spelled Raser) was born in West Salem (Wayne County), Ohio on September 21, 1836. He was living in Vinton (Benton County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 9, 1862. Rasor was mustered on September 2, 1862 and served about 35 months. He was mustered out on July 31, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia. Rasor received 4 promotions during his tour of duty:

To 7th corporal (on April 24, 1863).

To 5th corporal (on July 14, 1863).

To 4th corporal (on April 30, 1864).

To 4th sergeant (on December 25, 1864).

The 28th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Iowa City on October 10, 1862. During Rasor’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 21 killed, 67 wounded, and 20 captured.

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 10-17, 1863).

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 10 killed, 59 wounded, and 24 captured.

Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 9 killed, 74 wounded, and 12 captured.

Rasor died on October 13, 1915 and is buried in the Chapman Cemetery in Chapman (Merrick County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Elder Post (#158) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Chapman.

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


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