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From the book entitled: A history of the First regiment Iowa cavalry veteran volunteers, from its organization in 1861 to its muster out of the United States service in 1866: Also, a complete roster of the regiment
Author: Charles H. Lothrop
Publisher: Beers & Eaton, printers, 1890

ISAAC RHODES — Company b: The subject of this sketch was born the 1st of February. 1822. in the county of Kent. England. " Father emigrated to America in August. 1837: I came to Iowa in October. 1853. When President Lincoln called for three months' men in April. 1861. I enlisted for that service. There was a company raised and officered. but we were rather behind. for when the company was tendered the State the regiment was full, and that loft us out. Then a number of us. on May 15th. enrolled into what was termed the Hawkeye Rangers, and when the order was issued for a cavalry regiment our company was tendered and accepted. and was known as Company b: I was appointed color bearer, and carried the company banner till the regiment was organized into battalions. The guidon had to be carried by a sergeant. and that caused me to lay the company banner by. In July. 1862. I was appointed chief blacksmith of the regiment. and held that position till the 31st of March. 1864. when I was detailed to work in the Little Rock (Arkansas) Arsenal, in the armor department. under the command of Lieutenant Thomas d: Witt. Chief Ordnance Officer, and was there till August. when I was relieved from duty. and with the detachment of non-veterans came to Davenport. Iowa, where I was mustered out of the United States service on the 10th day of September. 1864."

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