Peter Eveland

BirthMarch 11, 1846
DeathJan. 2, 1933
CemeteryElmwood (Elmwood)
PostKenesaw (Elmwood)
Unit18th Iowa Infantry, Company E

Corporal Peter Eveland

Company E, 18th Iowa Infantry

Eveland was born in Moscow Township (Muscatine County), Iowa on March 11, 1846. He was living in Muscatine, Iowa when he enlisted on July 20, 1862. He was mustered on August 7, 1862 and served over 3 years. At the time of his enlistment, he was 16 years old. He was mustered out on October 1, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa due to disability. He was promoted to corporal on December 18, 1864.

The 18th Iowa Infantry was organized at Clinton, Iowa on August 6, 1862. The regiment fought at the Battle of Poison Springs (AK) on April 18, 1864 and Jenkins’ Ferry (AK) on April 30, 1864.

The Battle of Poison Springs was the regiment’s most costly engagement during the War. The unit lost 4 soldiers, 27 were wounded, 44 were captured, and 10 were reported missing.

Peter Eveland moved to Cass County in 1867 and homesteaded 3 miles southwest of Murdock. He was a farmer that suffered severe crop loss due to infestation of grasshoppers. He also worked as a railroad builder. Eveland was injured in 1874 when he was hunting buffalo along the Republican River. His gun discharged and injured his right arm which rendered it almost useless. He was known for his breeding of Clydesales horses and his successful farming operation.

Peter Eveland died on January 2, 1933 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in Row A5 of the Elmwood Cemetery in Elmwood (Cass County), Nebraska. He was a member and the chaplain of the Kenesaw Post (#123) of the Grand Army of the Republic. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Post.

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