|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Linn County - Marion
Youngest Soldier Mancil V. Root
Mancil Root was a drummer for Company E, 36th Wisconsin Infantry. His Regiment was in a number of actions in the East including the Battle of the Wilderness. Mancil was captured at Deep Bottom, Virginia and later exchanged and returned to his regiment. It was said that he was the youngest soldier in the Union Army. After the War, he lived in Wisconsin and moved to Cedar Rapids in 1900. He was known to play the drums on patriotic occasions. He was crossing the street in Cedar Rapids on July 6, 1929 and was killed after being struck by an automobile. Thanks to Jim Johnston for information and the old photos - the first shows Mancil with brother Wilbur Root - the second as a 73 year old with the oldest GAR Veteran in the state. He is buried in the NE corner of Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion. The cemetery photo was taken 9/22/10.