|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
County - Shiloh Battlefield
Iowa 16th Infantry Regiment Monument
The inexperienced Iowa 16th arrived at the Shiloh battlefield early in the morning of the battle on April 6, 1862.
At the monument dedication speech on November 22, 1906, Lt. John Hayes said, "Upon a Sabbath morning in the long ago, a body of newly made soldiers disembarked at Pittsburg Landing, marched by companies to the brow of the hill, for the first time received ammunition, were told how to load the new Springfield muskets which had been given them at St. Louis but a few days before...the regiment was opened upon by the enemy's artillery and musketry from the timber which it was marching...no support at right of them, no support at left of them, other than the Iowa 15th, while a Confederate battery and infantry in the timber at their front dealt destruction to the command."
The regiment suffered 131 casualties, killed and wounded. The monument is located at their battle position in Jones Field - look to the left at Tour stop #12. Photos taken 4/23/06 and 10/10/10 .