|Birth||Feb. 1, 1846|
|Death||Jan. 13, 1940|
|Unit||11th Iowa Infantry, Company A|
Private Alvin J. Hyatt
Company A, 11th Iowa Infantry
Hyatt was born February 1, 1846 in Illinois. Iowa records indicate that Hyatt used his middle name. He was living in Buffalo (Scott County), Iowa when he enlisted as a 17-year old private. Scott County is located along the Mississippi River and is part of the Quad Cities area. Hyatt was mustered into the unit on September 14, 1863 and served 2 years. He was mustered out on July 14, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
The 11th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport between September 28 and October 18, 1861. Hyatt joined the regiment during the middle of the Civil War. During Hyatt’s enlistment the regiment was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22 – August 25, 1864).
Pursuit of General John Bell Hood (AL) (October 1-26, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15 – December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January – April, 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
The Battle of Atlanta was very costly for the regiment. On July 22, 1864 the unit lost 16 soldiers, 78 were wounded, 34 were taken prisoner, and 21 were reported missing.
Hyatt died on January 13, 1940 (age of 93 years) and is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne (Wayne County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Casey Post (#5) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wayne.
Doc – Hyatt(11IOWA).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.