William C McBeath

BirthNov. 15, 1833
DeathMarch 30, 1886
CemeteryDakota City (Dakota City)
PostMcBeath (Dakota City)
Unit5th Iowa Cavalry, Company D

Major William C McBeath

Company D, 5th Iowa Cavalry

McBeath was born in Kentucky on November 15, 1833. He was living in Dakota City (Dakota County), Nebraska when he enlisted in the regiment as a 2nd lieutenant on January 24, 1862. He served about 41 months and was mustered out on August 11, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. McBeath was promoted 3 times during his tour of duty. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on November 1, 1862, to captain on July 14, 1864, and to major on July 7, 1865.

The 5th Iowa Cavalry was comprised of soldiers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. It was referred to as “The Curtis Horse” and was named for General Samuel Curtis. Company D was organized at Omaha between September 14 and November 13, 1861. The unit was assigned to duties in several southern states during the Civil War.

McBeath died on March 30, 1886 at the age of 52 years. He is buried in the Dakota City Cemetery in Dakota City (Dakota County), Nebraska. The McBeath Post (#170) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Dakota City is named for him.

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