BUTLER BANKS DELASHMUTT, b.30 Apr 1809, d.29 Feb 1884. Buried Highland Cemetery, Eddyville, Harrison Twp, Mahaska Co. IA. I have a really good picture of the gravestone. I do not have information re his service in the Graybeards Regiment, however, that doesn't necessarily mean he wasn't.
I do know his brother, ELIAS NELSON DELASHMUTT, was in the Graybeards. Here is what I have for him:
ELIAS NELSON DELASHMUTT, b. 18 Jan 1800 Westmoreland Co, VA. d. 1 Feb 1890 Des Moines Co, IA. Buried Spring Creek Cemetery, Middletown, Des Moines Co, IA.
Re his service:
ROSTER AND RECORD, IOWA SOLDIERS IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION, TOGETHER WITH HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS 1861-1866; pub. by the Authority of the General Assembly, under the direction of Brigedier General Guy E. Logan, Adj. Gen., 1911; Vol. V, pp. 748-832:
"GRAYBEARD REGIMENT":The Thirty-seventh Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry occupies a distinct and unique position in the history of the great War of the Rebellion. It was composed exclusively of men who were exempt from the obligations of military duty. From the date of its organization, it came to be generallly known and designated as the "Graybeard Regiment." Special authority was obtained from the Secretary of War to organize one regiment, composed of men who were over forty-five years of age, but who were in good physical condition, and therefore able to perform the duty of soldiers. It was understood, however, that the regiment was to be assigned to guard and garrison duty, and was not to be put upon active service in the field, except in the event of an emergency that would justify its being ordered to perform such service.
DELASHMUTT, ELIAS N. Age 62. Residence Burlington, nativity Virginia. Enlisted Sept. 11, 1862. Mustered Sept. 11, 1862. Promoted Fifth Corporal May 26, 1863; Fourth Corporal March 11, 1864; Third Corporal Oct. 22, 1864. Discharged for disability Feb. 14, 1865, Camp Chase, Ohio.
THE DELASHMUTT STORY, by Virgil Close, pub. 1994 p. 59:
On 1 Dec. 1841, Elias was issued a patent for 80 acres of land in the Burlington, IA area. He later owned land in both Union and Flint River Twps., Des Moines Co., IA
During the Civil War, ELIAS DELASHMUTT, at the age of 62, enlisted 11 Sept. 1862 in Co. G, 37th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, popularly referred to as the "Graybeard Regiment." While marching through a sandstorm, his eyes became inflamed, causing eventual loss of eyesight. He was given a disability discharge 14 Apr. 1865.
I don't have a photo of this gravestone; I'm told the cemetery is in an area that was once a gov't munitions plant, and last I heard, still considered a toxic waste site.
I've got additional info on the families if you can use it--you can email me. Good luck with your project!
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