William J Rice

BirthMarch 20, 1844
DeathNov. 25, 1930
CemeteryCliff Table (Merna)
PostWashburn (Broken Bow)
Unit8th Iowa Cavalry, Company L

Corporal William J Rice

Company L, 8th Iowa Cavalry

Rice was born in Adair County, Missouri on March 20, 1844. He was residing in Centerville (Appanoose County), Iowa when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on August 28, 1863. Rice enlisted as a private and was promoted 3 times within the corporal rank in 1865. He served about 2 years and was discharged on August 13, 1865 at Macon, Georgia.

The 8th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport on September 30, 1863. The regiment was sent to Tennessee and assigned guard duty on the Nashville & Northwestern Railroad until March 1864. After that duty, it was assigned to the Atlanta Campaign from May to September 1864. During that time, it was involved in the Battle of Newnan (GA) on July 30, 1864. During the battle, the unit lost 5 soldiers and 20 were wounded. Civil War records indicate that 268 members of the regiment were taken prisoner. They were sent to the Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Rice was not taken prisoner.

In the latter part of 1864 the regiment fought at the Battle of Franklin (November 30, 1864) and Battle of Nashville (December 15-16, 1864).

Rice died on November 25, 1930 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Cliff Cemetery in Merna (Custer County), Nebraska. Rice was a member of the Washburn Post (#98) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

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