B867a Iowa Pass

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B867a Iowa Pass

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This is a very interesting little document measuring 7¾" x 4" issued 26 April 1864 from the Quarters of "C" Company of the 2nd Iowa Infantry stationed at Pulaski, Tenn. It provides for the travel of Private Robert Highly of "C" Company to Prospect and to return the following day. It was signed by H. C. McNeil, Lieut Cmdg and approved and signed by Noel B Howard, Major and Commander of the Regiment. Highly was 21 years old when he enlisted in April of 1861. McNeil enlisted at the same time as a sergeant and was later promoted to 1st Sergt and 2nd Lieut. He was wounded in February 1862 at Fort Donelson, TN and again in October 1862 at Corinth, MS. Howard was 23 when he enlisted as a 1st Lieut and was subsequently promoted to Captain, then Major, Lieut Colonel and full Colonel in November 1864. All three survived the war. This was the first regiment from Iowa to actually see field duty. It began doing railroad guard duty, but the severe weather conditions in St. Joseph, MO prompted their removal to St. Louis where many of them needed the winter months to recuperate from illness. While there, they guarded prisoners and an interesting and unfortunate incident led to their removal to Fort Donelson as a regiment in disgrace. Apparently one of their number had sneaked into the museum at McDowell College and carried off some stuffed rabbits etc.  As no one would own up to the prank, the entire regiment was held guilty of the crime. The unit performed brilliantly at Fort Donelson and earned commendations from Halleck. It paid dearly, however, for its success with 41 dead and another 157 wounded. The 2nd later participated in the Battle of Shiloh, took part in the siege of Corinth and in the pursuit of Beauregard's forces. It then moved to Pulaski and fought at Snake Creek gap, Resaca and took part in the siege and battle of Atlanta. In all there is some great history attached to this document and some important regimental signatures as well. Passes were always folded as they had to be carried in a pocket or wallet, but other than the folds and some normal age discoloration, it is in very fine condition. Copies of all history will accompany this document

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