James D Spearman

BirthMarch 9, 1833
DeathJan. 11, 1891
CemeterySpringfield (Springfield)
PostKirkwood (Springfield)
Unit25th Iowa Infantry, Company H

Captain James D Spearman

Company H, 25th Iowa Infantry

Spearman was born near Jacksonville, Illinoison March 9, 1833. His family moved ot Iowa and settle in the Mount Vernon (Henry County) area. In the fall of 1862 Spearman was involved in the enlistment of aboyt 125 volunteers for 25th Iowa Infantry. He was elected as the commanding officer of Company H. Spearman enlisted on August 10, 1862 as a captain and was mustered on September 27, 1862. Spearman served about 19 months and was discharged on May 2, 1864 due to disability.

The 25th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Mount Pleasant, Iowa on September 27, 1862. In the first half of 1863, the regiment was involved in several major battles. Some of them include:

Assualt and capture of Arkansas Post (AR) (January 10-11, 1863).

Battle of Jackson (MS) (May 14, 1863).

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

The capture of Arkansas Post was the first major battle for the regiment. The unit lost 10 members, 44 were wounded, 5 were captured, and 8 were reported missing. Union forces captured 4,791 Confederate soldiers and a large amount of arms and ammunitions.

Captain Spearman was severely wounded on May 22, 1863 at Vicksburg. He was shot above his left hip and the bullet passed through him and lodged in his right side. The bullet was never removed. As a result of the wound, Spearman was discharged on May 2, 1864. He suffered additional medical problems including paralysis of his right side and amputation of his right leg below the knee.

Spearman moved to Nebraska in 1871 and engaged in farming. He owned several farms and owned nearly 1,400 acres of land. In addition, he was involved in growing and dealing livestock.

The died on January 11, 1891 at the age of 57 years and is buried int eh Springfield Cemetery in Springfield (Sarpy County), Nebraska. He was a member of the Kirkwood Post (#106) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Springfield. He was the first commander of that post.

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