William H Jennings

BirthFeb. 14, 1845
DeathDec. 30, 1930
CemeteryDavenport (Davenport)
PostElliott (Davenport)
Unit11th Iowa Infantry, Company C

Private William H Jennings

Company C, 11th Iowa Infantry

Jennings was born in Guernsey County, Ohio on February 14, 1845. He was residing in Elk Grove (Calhoun County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on February 16, 1864. Jennings was mustered on March 4, 1864. He served about 16 months before his discharge on July 15, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

Jennings joined the regiment during the early part of 1864. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (June 8-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864). Regimental losses were 16 killed, 78 wounded, 34 were taken prisoner, and 21 were reported missing.

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, 1865).

Jennings died on December 30, 1930 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Davenport Cemetery in Davenport (Thayer County), Nebraska. Jennings was a member of the Elliott Post (#88) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Davenport.

The Find-a-Grave website includes additional information on Jennings’ life after the Civil War.

Jennings moved to Davenport in 1885 and entered the field of banking.

He organized the Jennings State Bank in Davenport.

Jennings served as a state senator for 2 terms. He was president of the senate during his second term.

Doc – Jennings(11IOWA).doc

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