Greg down below you sought some names for me in the Roll Of Honor. You could not find one of the men I sought in the ROH. A new mystery might be the answer to the older one.
Here is the fresh mystery: Could you please check out this name in the ROH? This information below comes from the Shiloh Cemetery website, listing this name as a burial there and they cite the Roll Of Honor.
Private Isaac Walker:
Section: Unknown Grave Number: Unknown
Company: E 14th Iowa Infantry
Date of Death:
Initial Interment Site as Recorded in Roll of Honor Volume XX, 1869: Savannah, Tennessee
The reason it is a mystery is this: There were two Isaac Walkers in the 14th Iowa. Neither one was in Company E, and neither one was at Shiloh. Neither man died in the War.
One Isaac of Company B served in the Dakotas during the war and mustered out after his three year term of service. The other Isaac of Company G was discharged for illness a few months before Shiloh and was sent home alive.
So if both Walkers lived, we have a new mystery "who is buried at Shiloh?"
There is one man of the 14th Iowa Infantry who was killed at Shiloh, according to the roster, who cannot be found in the cemetery, nor the ROH when you looked for me earlier, Greg: Samuel Jenks of Company G. That was the older mystery, "what happened to Jenks?"
Jenks was a messmate of the Isaac Walker of Company G, the man who was discharged for illness before Shiloh.
This discharged Isaac lived a long life in his Iowa hometown after the war, died in 1893, and is buried there with his wife in the Nevada Iowa Cemetery. A month after his death his wife applied for a pension.
The discharged Isaac Walker and Samuel Jenks were from the same small town in Iowa, enlisted together on the same day, and were probably close friends and messmates. When I saw this grave listing for Isaac Walker at Shiloh, it suddenly hit me that most of the regiment was taken prisoner at the Hornets' Nest. With most of the regiment gone, whoever remained behind to identify the bodies, must have viewed Jenks' body and named his bunkmate Walker by mistake. So Walker has a "grave" at Shiloh and Jenks does not. Walker made it to the ROH and Jenks did not.
So, what is to be done now after 140 some years?
If it can be documented that both Isaac Walkers of the 14th Iowa were still alive after the war, but that Jenks was killed at Shiloh, and his grave never found, how possible do you think it might be to re-identify the "grave" of Walker as that of Jenks?
Back to the top question: the Shiloh Cemetery website cites the ROH as showing Walker died, so Greg, can you tell me exactly what the ROH says about Isaac Walker of the 14th Iowa Infantry?
From the Roster of the 14th Iowa:
This is Jenks who died and his friend Walker who was discharged early:
14th IOWA INFANTRY COMPANY G:
Jenks, Samuel W. Age 19. Residence Story County (Nevada Iowa), nativity Indiana. Enlisted Oct. 9, 1861. Mustered Nov. 2, 1861. Promoted Fifth Corporal. Killed in action April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tenn.
Walker, Isaac. Age 28. Residence Story County (Nevada Iowa), nativity Maryland. Enlisted Oct. 9, 1861. Mustered Nov. 2, 1861. Discharged Dec. 9, 1861.
This is the Isaac who went to the Dakotas and served three years:
14th IOWA INFANTRY COMPANY B:
Walker, Isaac. Age 21. Residence Iowa City, nativity Iowa. Enlisted Oct. 10, 1861. Mustered Oct. 23, 1861. See Forty-first Infantry.
41st IOWA INFANTRY:
Walker, Isaac. Age 21. Residence Iowa City, nativity Iowa. Enlisted Oct. 10, 1861. Mustered Oct. 23, 1861. Transferred to Company I, Seventh Cavalry, April 35, 1863. See Company B, Fourteenth Infantry.
7th IOWA CAVALRY:
Walker, Isaac. Age 21. Residence Iowa City, nativity Iowa. Enlisted Oct. 10, 1861. Mustered Oct. 23, 1861. Mustered out Oct. 31, 1864, Sioux City, Iowa, expiration of term of service. See Company B, Forty-first Infantry.