John M Nelson

BirthJuly 19, 1845
DeathMarch 4, 1935
CemeteryBethany Lutheran (Axtell)
PostCooper (Axtell)
Unit30th Iowa Infantry, Company G

Corporal John M Nelson

Company G, 30th Iowa Infantry

Nelson was born in Ostergotland, Sweden on July 19, 1845. He was living in Salina (Jefferson County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 13, 1862. Nelson was mustered in on September 14, 1862 and served about 33 months. He was promoted to corporal on September 1, 1864 and was mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 30th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on September 20, 1862. During Nelson’s enlistment the unit fought in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Battle of Arkansas Post (AK) (January 10-11, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Atlanta (GA) (July 22, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Pursuit of General 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 (SC/NC) (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raliegh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Nelson died on March 4, 1935 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in Axtell (Kearney County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Cooper Post (#342) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Axtell.

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