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


Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson

Headstone of Herman Hesser
Herman Hesser
Soquel Cemetery

The author believes that Herman Hesser mustered into "A" Co. IA 7th Infantry, as HESSER, AESSER or a similar German spelling of the name, and was discharged for wounds on 12/24/1861 at St Louis, MO.

Seventh Infantry IOWA (3 years)

This regiment was organized in June and July 1861. Most of the companies were mustered in July 23, the remainder on August 2. On August 6, the regiment moved to St. Louis and went into Jefferson barracks. Being armed in a few days it proceeded to Pilot Knob, thence to Ironton to take part in the movement against the forces in Missouri. From this point it moved via Jackson to Cape Girardeau, where it embarked for Cairo, IL. After remaining at Fort Holt a short time it moved to Mayfield Creek, near Columbus Ky., where it was joined by Lieut.-Col. Wentz. It next proceeded to Fort Jefferson, near Norfolk, Mo., thence to Bird's Point and to Norfolk. It accompanied the troops to Belmont, where it took part in an engagement with the enemy occupying that place, the conduct of the 7th being admirable and winning the praise of Gen. Grant in the work of cutting a way through the enemy's lines after the command was shut off from the river, and losing in the affair 227 in killed, wounded and missing.

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