John S Davisson

BirthAug. 4, 1845
DeathMay 20, 1941
CemeteryAinsworth (Ainsworth)
PostMead (Long Pine)
Unit9th Iowa Cavalry, Company I

Corporal John S. Davisson

Company I, 9th Iowa Cavalry

Davisson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (present day West Virginia) on August 4, 1845. West Virginia split from Virginia and was admitted to the Union in 1863. He was living in Washington County, Iowa when he enlisted as an 18-year old private on September 22, 1863. Davisson was mustered in the regiment on October 10, 1863. He served 29 months and was mustered out on March 15, 1866 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Davisson was promoted 5 times within the corporal rank between February 28, 1865 and September 21, 1865.

The 9th Iowa Cavalry was organized and mustered at Davenport, Iowa on November 30, 1863. During Davisson’s enlistment the regiment was involved in the pursuit of Confederate General Sterling Price from November 4 to November 18, 1864. Price, along with 13,000 Confederates soldiers, attempted to regain Missouri from Union forces. In addition, the regiment pursued deserters and criminals. The most notable was William Quantrill the invader of Lawrence, Kansas in 1863.

Davisson died in Omaha, Nebraska on May 20, 1941 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Grandview Cemetery in Long Pine (Brown County), Nebraska. Davisson was the Commander of the Nebraska Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1922 and 1940. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Mead Post (#67) of the GAR in Long Pine. In addition, he was a member of the Custer Post (#7) and the Crook Post (#262) of the GAR in Omaha.

Phyllis Quinn of the Brown County Historical Society provided additional detail on Davisson. Excerpts from his obituary include:

He was preceded in death by a son and his wife. Both of them are buried in the Grandview Cemetery in Long Pine.

Davisson was a settler and an early pioneer of Brown County.

He was employed as a lawyer and served as the Brown County Attorney.

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