John T. Beetem

BirthNov. 1, 1841
DeathOct. 11, 1937
CemeteryPark Hill (Syracuse)
PostCurtin (Douglas)
Unit6th Iowa Cavalry, Company F

Private John T. Beetem

Company F, 6th Iowa Cavalry

Beetem was born in Van Buren County, Iowa on November 1, 1841. He was living in French Creek (Allamakee County), Iowa when he enlisted on September 27, 1862. The 20-year old private was mustered on November 10, 1862. He served nearly 3 years before he was mustered out on October 17, 1865 at Sioux City, Iowa.

The 6th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport between January 31 and March 5, 1863. The unit was sent to the Dakota Territory and served under General Alfred Sully. They were engaged in operations against Indians during their deployment. The 6th Iowa Cavalry fought at the Battle of Whitestone Hill in present day Dickey County, North Dakota on September 3, 1863. In 2 days of fighting, the regiment lost 11 soldiers and 18 were wounded.

Beetem died on October 11, 1937 at the age of 93 years. He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Douglas (Otoe County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Curtin Post (#336) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Douglas.

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