Charles O Musser

BirthJuly 17, 1842
DeathMarch 10, 1938
CemeterySumner (Sumner)
PostBryner (Sumner)
Unit29th Iowa Infantry, Company A

Sergeant Charles O Musser

Company A, 29th Iowa Infantry

Musser was born in Millwood (Knox County), Ohio on July 17, 1842. He was living in Council Bluffs, Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 9, 1862. Musser was mustered in on November 7, 1862 and served over 3 years. He was mustered out on August 10, 1865 at New Orleans. Musser entered the 29th Iowa Infantry as a private and was promoted 4 times before his discharge.

To 7th corporal (May 5, 1863).

To 2nd corporal (June 25, 1863).

To 4th sergeant (November 1, 1863).

To 3rd sergeant (June 15, 1864).

The 29th Iowa Infantry was organized at Camp Dodge (Council Bluffs), Iowa on December 1, 1862. During Musser’s enlistment, the unit was engaged in several battles and operations. Some of them include:

Battle of Helena (AR) (July 4, 1863). Regimental losses were 7 killed and 24 wounded.

Capture of Little Rock (AR) (September 10, 1863).

Battle of Jenkin’s Ferry (AK) (April 30, 1864). Regimental losses were 8 killed, 55 wounded, and 34 were captured.

Occupation of Mobile (AL) (April 12, 1865).

Musser died March 10, 1938 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Sumner Cemetery in Sumner (Dawson County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Bryner Post (#314) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Sumner. In addition, he was a member of the Sedgwick Post (#1) in Kearney and the Jewett Post (#228) in Miller, Nebraska. He was a charter member of Post 228 in Miller.

The “Find-a-Grave” website includes additional insight into Musser’s life:

He was the father of 10 children. Only 6 lived to adulthood.

Musser’s wife (Emily) died on March 5, 1938 and Musser died 5 days later.

He was the last Civil War Veteran in Dawson County.

He was believed to be the last member of the 29th Iowa Infantry.

Doc – Musser(29IOWA).doc

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