|Birth||Jan. 8, 1848|
|Death||Sept. 16, 1932|
|Unit||8th Iowa Cavalry, Company M|
Private Winfield Scott Mattern
Company M, 8th Iowa Cavalry
Mattern was born in Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania on January 8, 1848. He was living in Des Moines (Polk County), Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on June 20, 1863. Iowa enlistment records indicate that he was 18 years old when he enlisted. Based on his data of birth, he was 15 years old when he was mustered.
The 8th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa on September 30, 1863. The regiment was assigned to the Atlanta (GA) Campaign from May to September 1864. On July 30, 1864 the outfit suffered significant casualties at the Battle of Newman (GA). The regiment lost 5 soldiers, 20 were wounded, and 269 were captured. Private Mattern was one of the captured soldiers. He was sent to the Andersonville Prison in Georgia and was released on September 19, 1864. Mattern’s release came via a prisoner exchange at Atlanta. Mattern returned to his regiment. He was mustered out of the service on June 2, 1865 at Annapolis, Maryland.
Mattern died on September 16, 1932 and is buried in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell (Garfield County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Hancock Post (#234) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Burwell. In addition, he was a member of the Shields Post (#33) of the GAR in Grafton, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.