Cyrus Fox

BirthOct. 27, 1845
DeathJune 12, 1942
CemeteryFt. Mcpherson (Maxwell)
PostDouglas (North Platte)

Private Cyrus Fox

Company C, 7th Iowa Cavalry

Fox was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on October 27, 1845. He was living in Waterloo (Black Hawk County), Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered on October 24, 1864. He was 18 years old at the time of his enlistment. Fox served 13 months with the regiment. He was mustered out on November 22, 1865 at Fort Kearney, Nebraska Territory.

The 7th Iowa Cavalry was assigned to the Dakota and Nebraska Territories during the Civil War. Their primary duties included guarding telegraph lines and escorting trains and emigrants. On January 7, 1865, near Julesburg, Colorado, the regiment was involved in a major battle against the plains Indians. Fifteen members of the 7th Iowa Cavalry were lost on that date.

Fox died on June 12, 1942 at the age of 96 years. He is buried in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell (Lincoln County), Nebraska.

Fox was very active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the senior vice-commander of the Nebraska GAR. He was the last member of the Douglas Post (#69) of the Grand Army of the Republic in North Platte, Nebraska and the Doan Post (#226) in Gandy, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the following posts:

Mansfield Post (#54) in Palmyra

Excelsior Post (#196) in Arnold

Carleton Post (#254) in Imperial


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