John Lett

BirthJan. 28, 1841
DeathJan. 13, 1937
CemeteryGreenwood (York)
PostFarragut (Lincoln)
Unit11th Iowa Infantry, Company E

Corporal John Lett

Company E, 11th Iowa Infantry

Lett was born in Mansfield (Richland County), Ohio on January 28, 1841. He was residing in Tipton (Cedar County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on September 21, 1861. Lett was mustered on October 5, 1861 and went on to serve 3 years and 9 months. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and was discharged on July 15, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

Lett was promoted to corporal on January 1, 1865.

The 11th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport between September 28 and October 18, 1861. During Lett’s enlistment the regiment was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Regimental losses were 29 killed and 63 wounded.

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).

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

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22 – August 25, 1864).

Pursuit of General John Bell Hood (AL) (October 1-26, 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 (NC/SC) (January – April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Lett died in January 1937. Three different Civil War sources reflect 3 different dates for his date of death (January 12, January 13, and January 14, 1937). He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in York (York County), Nebraska. Lett was a member of the Farragut Post (#32) of the Grand Army of the Republic in York.

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