Thomas N Gosnell


BirthJan. 18, 1836
DeathJan. 24, 1933
CemeteryCentral City (Central City)
PostElder (Chapman)
Unit3rd Iowa Cavalry, Company H

Sergeant Thomas N Gosnell

Company H, 3rd Iowa Cavalry

Gosnell was born in Maryland on January 18, 1836. He was living in Keokuk (Lee County), Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 2, 1861. Gosnell served about 46 months. He re-enlisted on February 1, 1864 and was mustered out on August 9, 1865. Gosnell received 7 promotions during his tour of duty. He received 3 promotions with the corporal rank between October 3, 1862 and January 6, 1863. He received 4 promotions within the sergeant rank between March 8, 1863 and February 22, 1865.

The 3rd Iowa Cavalry was organized at Keokuk between August 30 and September 14, 1861. Company H (along with 3 other companies) was detached from the regiment until October 1, 1863. During that time, they were engaged in operations against guerillas in Missouri. After rejoining the regiment, the regiment was involved in operations along the Kansas and Missouri border. They fought at the Battle of Westport (October 23, 1864) in the Kansas City area. The unit was sent to Georgia and was mustered out at Atlanta on August 9, 1865.

Gosnell died on January 24, 1933 at the age of 97 years. He is buried in the Central City Cemetery in Central City (Merrick County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Elder Post (#158) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Chapman, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Buford Post (#23) of the GAR in Central City.

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


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