Benjamin F. Showalter

BirthOct. 26, 1844
DeathJune 8, 1935
CemeteryVesta (Johnson County)
PostMitchell (Waverly)
Unit25th Iowa Infantry, Company A

Corporal Benjamin F Showalter

Company A, 25th Iowa Infantry

Showalter was born in Ohio on October 26, 1844. He was residing in Cedarville (Muscatine County), Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered on August 15, 1862. Showalter served about 34 months with the unit. He was promoted to corporal on September 28, 1864. He was mustered out on June 6, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 25th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Mount Pleasant on September 27, 1862. During Showalter’s enlistment the regiment was involved in many battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Assault and capture of Arkansas Post (January 10-11, 1863). Regimental losses on January 11, 1863 were 10 killed, 44 wounded, 5 soldiers were captured, and 4 were reported missing.

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

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

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

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Pursuit of General John Bell Hood into Alabama (October 1-26, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when Confederate General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Showalter died on June 8, 1935 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Vesta Cemetery in Vesta (Johnson County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Mitchell Post (#38) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Waverly. In addition, he was a member of the Cruft Post (#121) of the GAR in Brainard, Nebraska.

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