Reuben Padget

BirthDec. 10, 1847
DeathFeb. 26, 1931
CemeteryAlexandria (Alexandria)
PostHoward (Alexandria)
Unit8th Iowa Cavalry, Company F

Private Reuben Padget

Company F, 8th Iowa Cavalry

Padget was born in Indiana on December 10, 1847. He was residing in Moravia (Appanoose County) when he enlisted in the regiment on June 24, 1863. He was mustered in the regiment on August 21, 1863. Padget served about 2 years before being mustered out on August 13, 1865 at Macon, Georgia. Some Civil War sources spell his first name “Ruben” and his last name “Padgett”.

The 8th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport, Iowa on September 30, 1863. During Padget’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May-September 1864).

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

Battle of Brown’s Hill (GA) (July 30, 1864).

Pursuit of General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee (September 25-October 10, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

During the Battle of Brown’s Hill (GA) on July 30, 1864 the regiment lost 5 soldiers, 20 were wounded, and 268 were taken prisoner. Many of them were sent to the Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Private Padget was not part of the captured soldiers.

Padgett died on February 26, 1931 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Alexandria Cemetery in Alexandria (Thayer County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Howard Post (#271) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Alexandria. In addition, he was a member of the first post of the GAR in Alexandria. The initial organization was named the Thayer Post and was designated as Post #162.

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