Peter Weiser

BirthAug. 10, 1833
DeathJan. 22, 1933
CemeteryGraceland (Shelby)
PostCummings (Shelby)
Unit2nd Iowa Cavalry, Company K

Corporal Peter Weiser

Company K, 2nd Iowa Cavalry

Weiser was born in Sunbury (Northumberland County) Pennsylvania on August 10, 1833. He was residing in Wapello (Louisa County), Iowa when he enlisted as a private on August 21, 1861. Weiser was mustered in the regiment on August 30, 1861. He served over 3 years and was mustered out on October 3, 1864 at Davenport, Iowa. Weiser was promoted to 8th corporal on February 4, 1862 and received 3 additional promotions within the corporal rank in 1862 and 1863.

The 2nd Iowa Cavalry was organized and mustered at Keokuk, Iowa on May 27, 1861. During Weiser’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 14-16, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

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

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Iowa records indicate that Weiser was captured by Confederate forces on May 30, 1862 at Boonville, Mississippi. The length of his imprisonment was not available.

Weiser died on January 22, 1933 at the age of 99 years. He is buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Shelby (Polk County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Cummings Post (#102) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Shelby.

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