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Roster of Curtis' Horse 

Companies A, B, C, and D

Nebraska Volunteers

(5th Iowa Cavalry)

From:

ROSTER NEBRASKA VOLUNTEERS FROM 1861 TO 1869
COMPILED FROM
BOOKS, RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS ON FILE IN OFFICE OF ADJUTANT GENERAL OF STATE.
PUBLISHED 1888, HASTINGS, NEB., WIGTON & EVANS, STATE PRINTERS

Many of these men were from Page Co. Iowa and adjoining counties

 
The 5th Iowa Cavalry
 
The 5th Iowa Cavalry was assembled from companies raised in four different states.
 
Companies A, B, C and D were organized in Omaha, Nebraska, during the fall of 1861. Company E formed at Dubuque, Iowa. Company F gathered together in Missouri, initially identified as the Fremont Hussars. Fellow Missourians came together as Company H at Benton Barracks a few days after Christmas. Companies G, I and K were assigned to the regiment, having been formed as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Independent Companies, Minnesota Cavalry at Fort Snelling. The final two companies with their colorful names were also from Missouri; Companies L (Naughton's Irish Dragoons) and M (Osage Rifles) enlisted in the war effort at Jefferson City and St. Louis respectively. The fact that the unit was comprised of men from numerous locales played a role in the regiment's initial name.
 
Rather than being identified by a State loyalty, the regiment was organized as "Curtis' Horse" by order of General Fremont, and in honor of General Curtis, who was in command of the Missouri area. Many of those in Curtis' Horse were from Page and Mills Counties, Iowa. The Unit was later designated the 5th Iowa Cavalry.
 
In the early days of February 1862, the Fifth Iowa Cavalry advanced toward a key Confederate position in northwestern Tennessee. The unit played a significant role in the dramatic capture of Fort Henry and the subsequent fall of Fort Donelson. The following week, the regiment was sent on an expedition to destroy a key railroad bridge over the Tennessee River. The most significant military undertaking of the year was the successful siege and capture of Corinth, Mississippi. The Curtis Horse occupied Corinth on May 30 and participated in the pursuit to Booneville the following two weeks. They fought throughout the South during the remainder of the War.
 
During the war, the Fifth Iowa Cavalry lost 7 officers and 58 enlisted either killed or mortally wounded. Disease, historically a less forgiving foe than one's enemy, accounted for the deaths of 2 officers and 179 enlisted.
 

Companies A, B, C, and D.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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