Olfery J Matthews

BirthMarch 2, 1844
DeathApril 22, 1930
CemeteryEast Lawn (Minatare)
PostHolland (Crete)
Unit40th Iowa Infantry, Company E

Private Olfery J Matthews

Company E, 40th Iowa Infantry

Matthews was born in Indiana on March 2, 1844. He was residing in Monroe (Benton County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 14, 1862. Matthews was mustered on September 13, 1862 and served nearly 3 years. He was discharged on August 2, 1865 at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation.

The 40th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Iowa City on November 15, 1862. The unit fought in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 3-July 4, 1863).

Capture of Little Rock (AK) (September 10, 1864).

Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry (AK) (April 30, 1864). Regimental losses were 6 killed, 35 wounded, and 17 were captured.

Matthews died on April 22, 1930 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the East Lawn Cemetery in Minatare (Scotts Bluff County), Nebraska. Matthews was a member of the Holland Post (#75) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Crete, Nebraska.

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