|Birth||June 6, 1849|
|Death||Dec. 24, 1948|
|Unit||7th Iowa Infantry, Company F|
Private Michael Bondoll
Company F, 7th Iowa Infantry
Bondoll was born in Ohio on June 6, 1849. One Civil War source spells his last name “Bondell”. He was living in Des Moines, Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on February 8, 1865. There is some question regarding Bondoll’s age at the time of his enlistment. Iowa records indicate that he was 18 years old when he enlisted in 1865. Based on his date of birth, he would have been 15 years old. The possibility exists that Bondoll falsified his age at the time of his enlistment. He served about 5 months and was mustered out on July 12, 1865.
During his enlistment, the 7th Iowa Infantry was involved in several battles and historic events. Some of them include:
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
Occupation of Raleigh (NC) (March 24, 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, 1865).
Bondoll died on December 24, 1948 at the age of 99 years. He was the last Civil War soldier in Nebraska and the last member of the Rawlins Post (#35) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Beatrice. He is buried in the Wiota Cemetery in Wiota (Cass County), Iowa.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.