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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

ROSE, ASA W (1847-1901)

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Headstone of Asa W Rose
Asa W. Rose
Soquel Cemetery

Born in Connecticut -Residence Floyd County IA; 19 years old. Enlisted on 1/4/1864 as a Private. On 1/4/1864 he mustered into "M" Co. IA 1st Cavalry. He was Mustered Out on 9/2/1865 at St Louis, MO.

In Jan., 1864, 500 of the regiment reenlisted and on March 23, waiving their right to a veteran furlough at that time, joined the 7th army corps and took a prominent part in all the operations of the Camden expedition. In this movement the regiment engaged and routed Gen. Price's forces at Elkin's ferry, losing in killed and wounded 11 men. It was again in the advance from this place to Prairie d'Ane, a distance of 12 miles, skirmishing with the enemy the entire distance. Being on the right in the engagement which followed, it was the first to enter the Confederate works. It was again ordered to the front and engaged the enemy at Camden Crossroads, about 15 miles from Camden, at 7 o'clock in the morning. The fight lasted for six hours, when Brig-Gen. Rice ordered up the dismounted men of the regiment to deploy as skirmishers, and the enemy, stubbornly contesting the ground, was driven back through the city of Camden on the evening of the same day. On the 17th a detachment of the regiment, with detachments of other regiments, marched about 20 miles down the Washita river and captured a steamboat laden with corn and other quartermaster and commissary supplies. The loss of the regiment during this whole campaign was 5 killed, 3 taken prisoners and 25 wounded, a number severely, who died a few days afterward.

The campaign being now virtually ended, the veteran portion of the regiment, 520 strong, was relieved from duty and ordered home on veteran furlough. On their way to Pine Bluff they were attacked by a column of Confederates at Moro creek. After a heroic resistance they fell back to Steele's main army on its way to Little Rock, and with him engaged in the battle of Saline River. On June 20 the regiment, its furlough expired, again left the state for the front and on July 28 was at Macon, Mo. On Jan. 14, 1865, a detachment of the 1st IA and other regiments, was ordered by boat about 100 miles up the Arkansas river to dardanelle, at which place they engaged a Confederate force of 1,600 men under Gen. Cooper, killing and wounding 90.

By Feb. 17 the regiment had gone to Memphis, in the vicinity of which city it remained, scouting occasionally, till June 15, when Gen. Grant ordered the command to march from Alexandria, La., to Texas. On Jan. 31, 1866, orders were received for muster-out, and after nearly five years of arduous and most faithful service in preserving the integrity of the nation, with not a single stain to dim the brightness of its escutcheon, it was mustered out, and returned home, where the patriot soldier became an honored citizen. Its total number of enlistments were 2,187, and the number of casualties 551.

Santa Cruz Surf (August 24, 1901)

Death of A.W. Rose
For Many Years was a Prominent Citizen of Dixon County Nebraska

At 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Asa W. Rose of Glen Haven, near Soquel, sat down in a chair in his bedroom and immediately expired.

Mr. Rose had not been feeling well for a couple of days and had been suffering from heart trouble, but neither he nor his family had suspicions that the end was near. His neighbor Mr. S.B. Wallace had called on him earlier in the morning and found him comfortable.

Mr. Rose and his family came to Santa Cruz County two years ago purchasing a small farm for a home, largely on the account of ill health of Mrs. Rose who is a daughter of L.T. Hill of Soquel.

Mr. Rose had been a man of prominence in Nebraska having been elected county judge by the largest majority ever given a candidate and having holding the position of secretary of his Masonic Lodge for 14 years.

The acquaintances whom he had here speak very highly of him as a gentleman and a neighbor and feel that the county has lost a valuable citizen.

Mr. Rose was born in Norwich Conn., in 1847, but went with his parents to Iowa in 1854. He served 2 years and 10 months in the 1st Iowa Cavalry, and after the war, was for a time, in Dakota, finally settling in Ponca, Dixon County NE. Here, as before stated, he was a prominent in politics, in the GAR and in the Masonic fraternity.

He leaves a widow and three children one of which is a student at Santa Cruz High School.

The physician pronounced the cause of death to be neuralgia of the heart. The funeral will be under the auspices of the Masons and GAR although he had never affiliated with the local societies.

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