Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Westport Camp # 64
Kansas City, Missouri
In the Ranks
3rd great uncle, Pvt. George W. Moss of Company D, 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry from 10 November 1861 to 16 January 1862; Company K, 119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry from 14 August 1862 to 31 January 1864; Company D, 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry from 31 January 1864 to 2 June 1865.
About the Moss brothers:
It is not known why George enlisted in Iowa, but he did
so on 10 November 1861. He became a Private in Company D, 15th Regiment,
Iowa Infantry. Apparently, he deserted, and returned to his Illinois home
on 16 January 1862. Seven months following his departure from Iowa, George
enlisted into Company K, 119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry on 14 August
1862; however, on 31 January 1864 he was arrested and escorted with armed
guard back to Iowa to be rejoined with his original outfit where he was
"subsequently restored to duty without trial by special order."
The desertion charge was removed by an Act of Congress at a later date.
Later, James came down with a fever and nearly died in a hospital near Rome, Georgia. They had even called for George to be by his side in the event of his death. He soon recovered however, and was sent into action. In a deposition given by George on behalf of James, he remarked, "Later he came to the company and the first action we were in was at Big Shanty, Ga. He was given his soldier's equipment there and he got out on top of the rifle pits and a sharp shooter put some holes through his pants leg near the ankle and burned his leg good and he rolled back and said: `I'm shot. I'm killed.'"
Of course, he survived that injury, but days later, during the Battle of Atlanta, James was shot again. In his own words, his wound "incurred in service was gun shot wound in the spine of my back at Atlanta, Ga. 22 July 1864, the day General McPherson fell. I was in the battle and Hood had us surrounded. The wound is in the lower part of my spine. The ball mashed clear in against my back and the scar is there now."
George was discharged on 2 June 1865, and James on 24 July 1865. Both returned to Iowa, where they returned to their lives as civilians. George Moss died in Ormanville, Iowa on 4 January 1918 and was interred in the Ormanville Cemetery with his wife Martha. James was a resident of the Iowa Soldiers Home in Marshalltown, Iowa when he died on 21 February 1920. The national cemetery on the home's grounds, known as the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, is where he was buried.
Pictures of George and James Moss and pictures of their headstones
Descendants of James I. Moss
1 James I. Moss 1848-1920
Other Ancestors Who Fought for the Union Army:
George G. Earley: My 4th great uncle (a collateral ancestor).