Owen Vanscoyer

BirthOct. 23, 1831
DeathDec. 18, 1883
CemeteryRiverview (Louisville)
PostVanscoyer (Louisville)
Unit14th Iowa Infantry, Company D

Private Owen Vanscoyer

Company D, 14th Iowa Infantry

Vanscoyer (also spelled Vanscoyoc) was born in Ohio on October 23, 1831. He was living in Indianola (Warren County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on October 14, 1861. He was mustered on November 2, 1861 and served about 3 years. He was mustered out on November 16, 1864 at Davenport, Iowa.

The 14th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Davenport, Iowa in November 1861. During Vanscoyer’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles. Some of them include:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-15, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862). Casualties were 8 killed, 38 wounded, 51 captured, and 182 were reported missing.

Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).

Battle of Pleasant Hill (LA) (April 9, 1864). Casualties were 14 killed, 65 wounded, 20 captured, and 7 missing.

Battle of Tupelo (MS) (July 14-15, 1864).

Vanscoyer died on December 18, 1883. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Louisville (Cass County), Nebraska. The Vanscoyer Post (#175) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Louisville is named for him. In addition, he was a charter member of that Post.

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