James M Mefford

BirthJune 30, 1848
DeathAug. 9, 1939
CemeteryWagoner (Red Cloud)
Unit36th Iowa Infantry, Company D

Private James M Mefford

Company D, 36th Iowa Infantry

Mefford (also spelled Mifford) was born in Covington (Kenton County), Kentucky on June 30, 1848. He was residing in Wapello County, Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on March 26, 1864. Mefford was mustered on April 9, 1864. Based on his date of birth, Mefford was 15 years old when he was mustered. He served about 13 months before he was discharged on May 10, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa.

The 36th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on October 4, 1862. The unit was assigned to several southern states during the War. The Battle of Mark’s Mill (AK) (April 25, 1864) was the most costly engagement for the unit. Thirty two (32) soldiers were lost, 116 were wounded, and 451 were taken prisoner. The captured soldiers were sent to Tyler, Texas and were imprisoned until March 1865. Iowa records do not indicate that Mefford was captured.

Mefford died on August 9, 1939 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Wagoner Cemetery in Red Cloud (Webster County), Nebraska.

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