|Death||Dec. 17, 1928|
|Cemetery||Union (Keya Paha Co)|
|Unit||39th Iowa Infantry, Company I|
Private Samuel W Wicker
Company I, 39th Iowa Infantry
Wicker was born in Ohio on March 22, 1843. He was living in Adelphi (Polk County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 15, 1862. Wicker was mustered on September 10, 1862 and went on to serve about 33 months. He was mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Washington DC.
The 39th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Des Moines and Davenport on November 24, 1862. During Wicker’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Pursuit of General Nathan Bedford Forest (TN) (December 18, 1862 – January 3, 1863).
Battle of Parker’s Crossroads (TN) (December 29-31, 1862).
Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May 1 – September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 13-14, 1864).
Battle of Allatoona (GA) (October 5, 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 (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 (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1885.
During the 3 day Battle of Parker’s Cross Roads, the regiment lost 3 soldiers, 34 were wounded, and 106 were captured. The Battle of Allatoona was the most costly for the regiment and was known for the high percentage of casualties. The regimental commander of the 39th Iowa Infantry was wounded during the Battle and requested orders from General William Sherman. Sherman’s response was “hold the fort”. On October 5, 1864 the unit lost 32 men, 63 were wounded, and 70 were captured. Private Wicker was not one of the soldiers that were captured.
Wicker died on December 17, 1928 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Union Cemetery in Springview (Keya Paha County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Springview Post (#212) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Springview.
Doc – Wicker(39IOWA).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.