Old Capitol Building, Iowa City
Aging veterans of the 22nd gathered on that spot in 1904.
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If you have questions or comments about the 22nd Iowa or about Vanishing Footprints, please contact me, Jeffry Burden:
I maintain an active and growing database about the members of the regiment. I am pleased to provide information about the regiment or individual soldiers - and I would appreciate being able to include photographs and information about your ancestor on this website! You can also leave comments on the Guestbook page of 22iowa.com.
You can order Vanishing Footprints from
the good folks at Camp Pope Publishing in Iowa City:
22nd Iowa Resources
Within the last 20 years, a number of excellent books, as well as numerous journal and magazine articles, have been published which deal with the 22nd and its history.
Aside from Vanishing Footprints, recent books of note about the regiment and its soldiers are:
From Vicksburg to Cedar Creek: the 22nd Iowa Infantry
in the Civil War
(2014, Camp Pope Publishing)
Historian Thomas McKenna has produced a modern regimental history, deftly summarizing the 22nd's service and struggles.
Southern Sons, Northern Soldiers: The Civil War Letters of the Remley Brothers, 22nd Iowa Infantry
(2004, Northern Illinois University Press;
edited by Julie Holcomb).
This is a first-rate collection of letters from two stalwart brothers, born in Virginia but loyal unto death to their country and to their adopted home state of Iowa.
Dear Catherine, Dear Taylor: The Civil War Letters of a Union Soldier and His Wife
(2002, University Press of Kansas; edited by Richard L. Kiper from letters transcribed by Donna B. Vaughn)
Again, a collection of literate and engaging letters, these between a loving Iowa couple. Samuel Pryce considered his friend and comrade Taylor Peirce "one of the best soldiers in the service." Peirce's grave in Des Moines is among those shown on this website.
Dark Days of the Rebellion: Life in Southern Military Prisons by Benjamin Booth, 22nd Iowa
(1897; 1995 reprint by Meyer Publishing)
Booth found it hard to forgive or forget his time in Confederate captivity, and his bitterness sometimes makes reading Dark Days a chore, but many good nuggets about life in the 22nd are found here.
Reminiscenses of the 22nd Iowa Infantry: Giving Its Organization, Marches, Skirmishes, Battles and Sieges, as Taken from the Diary of Lieutenant S.C. Jones of Co. A
(1907; 1992 reprint by the Press of the Camp Pope Bookshop )
Spotty in its coverage of events (like a diary would be), Reminiscences is an above-average collection of thoughts, impressions and unit history from the pen of a literate corporal-turned-officer.
In 1907, The State of Iowa published the Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion, which contains certain basic information on all the men who served in the 22nd (and all other Iowa units).
You can find the Roster and Record transcribed online at the excellent "Iowa in the Civil War" website:
Please also visit my website uncovering the story of 500 Union POWs in Virginia, whose fate -- and final burial place -- have only recently come to light:
"The Soldiers of Shockoe Hill"
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