Submitted by: Cathy Porter-Maynard
William Sayles (b. 1837, N.Y., d. 1913, Union County, South Dakota; buried, Plymouth County, Iowa), served in Company B, ''Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry''.
William's 1913 obituary also references his military history. (F.Y.I., SEE: 1913 Obituary of William Sayles, attached below).
William Sayles frequently spoke of his great admiration for General Sherman.
Indeed, he named one of his own sons after General Sherman (''John Sherman Sayles,'' born about 1892, Union Co. S.D.).
# 1: Richard Kurish wrote:
.....''The William Sayles who was married to Irenia, and who was enumerated in the 1890 Veterans Census, was enlisted in Company B, 4th Iowa Infantry. Both the 1890 census and the pension application card clearly show this. The pension card indicates that Irenia A. Sayler, applied for a widow's pension on April 1, 1913, after William's death.
If you order the records, be sure to list the correct Regiment that he belonged to, and, if possible list the Application # and Certificate #, from the pension record database.''
# 2: D.O'Meara wrote:
Name: William Sayles ,
Residence: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Enlistment Date: 10 July 1861
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Iowa
Unit Numbers: 226 226
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 10 July 1861 at the age of 22 [?]
Enlisted in Company B, 4th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 08 August 1861.
Wounded on 29 December 1862 at Chickasaw Bayou, MS (Wounded severely in breast)
Mustered out Company B, 4th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 04 September 1864 in Jonesboro, GA
Source Citation: Side served: Union; State served: Iowa; Enlistment date: 10 July 1861..
Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA
The numbers on his pension index card are a little blurry but I will email you the image. Sending a copy of that to NARA will cut the waiting time for you....''
Newspaper: "Akron Register Tribune," [Plymouth County, Iowa]
Volume 26, Number 31
Publication Date: Thursday, March 13, 1913
OBITUARY OF WILLIAM SAYLES
William Sayles was the son of Hiram and Hannah [Rickard] Sayles, his birthplace being Cazenovia, Madison county, New York. He first saw the light of day on May 17, 1837, and passed from this life March 6, 1913, at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 19 days, at his home in Richland township, Union county, South Dakota, following an illness of lagrippe and complications.
When he was six months of age the family emigrated from the state of New York to the State of Ohio, locating in Wayne county. They afterward moved to Holmes county, Ohio, where his father died when he was about sixteen years of age. Soon thereafter he left home, first going to Michigan, then to Omaha, Nebraska, where he joined a mining party and drove an ox team overland to Pike's Peak, Colorado, remaining there about three years and engaging in mining for gold and prospecting.
In 1861 he returned to Omaha to offer his services in time of his country's need in the great civil strife, and enlisted in the [Company B], Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, serving three years. He was with his regiment in several important battles, among them Pea Ridge, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Sherman's March to the Sea. He was twice severely wounded, but recovered and served out his full time of enlistment.
After the close of the war he returned to Medina county, Ohio, and lived with his widowed mother until 1868, where he became acquainted with and married Miss [Irenia] Albina Sargent on New Year's eve, 1868. In the year 1869 they decided to emigrate to the west. On January 20, 1869, they started by team from Lodi, Ohio, and their long, tedious overland journey ended March 12, that year at Elk Point, Dakota Territory. They located in Richland township, Union county, on a homestead, which has ever since remained the family home. They were accompanied on the trip by Mr. Sayles brother-in-law, Jesse Fetterman. At the time of their arrival there were only five organized counties in Dakota Territory, the settlements were few and far between and Indians quite plentiful. Through the grasshopper scourge of the '70's, the floods of the early '80's, the drought of summer and the cold and blizzards of winter and all the other privations and vicissitudes of pioneer days, when from a wilde!
rness was carved out the heritage of peace, prosperity and plenty of these later days, Mr. and Mrs. Sayles were among those who pinned their faith to the future of this beautiful valley of the Big Sioux and helpfully and unwaveringly bore their share of the struggles of the early days. A man of undaunted courage, in whom the principles of patriotism were deeply imbued; lofty of character, with honesty and integrity as cardinal virtues; a reader and close student of current events, particularly political lines, being a Republican of the old school; a kind and loving husband and father; a loyal friend and neighbor; a good citizen -- William Sayles will be missed and sincerely mourned by all who knew him.
Besides his devoted wife he is survived by the following children, all of whom reside in the home vicinity: Mrs. Florence [Sayles] Huckert, Frank Sayles, Mrs. Lottie [Charlotte Sayles] Maynard, Miss Hattie [Harriet] Sayles, and [John] Sherman Sayles.
Three of his sisters are also living: Mrs. Rowena [Sayles] Voorus of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mrs. M.C. [Mary Charlotte Sayles] Fetterman of Union County, South Dakota, and Mrs. Harriet [Sayles] Morey of Baldwinsville, New York. A host of friends offer their sympathy to the bereaved family.
After a brief service at the home Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, the funeral was conducted in the Akron M.E. Church by Rev. L. Stuart. There was a very large attendance, especially of the older settlers, as a last tribute of respect. Deceased was a member of Biddlecome Post, G.A.R., of Akron [Iowa], and the local comrades and members of the W.R.C. attended in a body. He was one of the first members of the Masonic lodge at Elk Point [South Dakota] and a delegation from the order there and a large number of local Masons attended the service and exemplified the beautiful Masonic burial service at the grave. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery [Akron, Plymouth County, Iowa], beside his brother Jonas [Sayles], also a pioneer settler, who passed away a number of years ago.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System:
Soldier Name: Sayles, William
Regiment Name: 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry
Organized at Council Bluffs and mustered in August 8, 1861. Moved to St, Louis, thence to Rolla, Mo., August 9-24. Attached to Dept. of Missouri, to December, 1861. 1st Brigade, Army of Southwest Missouri, to February, 1862. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Army Southwest Missouri, to May, 1862. 2nd Division, Army Southwest Missouri, to July, 1862. District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. Missouri, to November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District Eastern Arkansas, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 11th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. Tennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to Janauary, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, Army Tennessee, to September, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Corps, to September, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Corps, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.-Duty at Rolla, Mo., August 24, 1861, to January 22, 1862. Expedition to Houston and Salem against Freeman's forces November 1-9, 1861. March from Rolla to Lebanon January 22-31, 1862. Advance on Springfield, Mo., February 10-13. Near Springfield February 12. Pursuit of Price to Cassville February 13-17. Cane Creek February 14. Sugar Creek February 17. Blackburn's Mills February 27. Battles of Pea Ridge < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ar001.htm > March 6-8. March to Batesville April 5-May 3, thence to Helena, Ark., May 25-July 14. Expedition from Helena to Arkansas Post November 16-21. Duty at Helena till December 22. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 22, 1862, to January 2, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ms003.htm > December 26-28. Chickasaw Bluffs December 29. (By command of Gen. Grant, Regiment authorized to inscribe upon its banners "1st at Chickasaw Bayou.") Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault on an!
d capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ar006.htm >, January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17-23, and duty there till April. Expedition to Greenville, Black Bayou and Deer Creek April 5-14. Black Bayou April 10. Demonstration on Haines and Droumgould's Bluffs April 25-May 2. Snyder's Bluff < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ms005.htm > April 30. March to join army in rear of Vicksburg, Miss., via Richmond and Grand Gulf, May 2-14. Jackson May 14. Siege of Vicksburg < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ms011.htm > May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. At Big Black till September 22. Moved to Memphis, thence march to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 22-November 22. Operations on Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20-29. Cherokee Station October 21 and 29. Cane Creek October 26. Tuscumbia October 26-27. Battles of Chattanooga < http://www!
2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/tn024.htm > November 23-27. Lookout Mountain
November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Ringgold Gap < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga005.htm > , Taylor's Ridge, November 27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Duty at Woodville and other points in Alabama till May, 1864. Claysville, Ala., March 14 (Non-Veterans). Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstration on Resaca May 8-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga011.htm >, New Hope Church < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga010.htm > and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 6-17. Battle of Atlanta < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga017.htm > July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga018.htm > , Hood's second sortie, July 28. Flank m!
ovement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga022.htm > August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 1-26. Snake Creek Gap October 15. Ships Gap October 16. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Griswoldsville < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/ga025.htm > November 22. Ogeechee River December 7-9. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Reconnoissance to Salkehatchie River, S. C., January 25. Salkehatchie Swamps < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/sc011.htm > , S. C., February 3-5. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13. Congaree Creek February 15. Columbia February 16-17. Lynch's Creek February 25-26. Battle of Bentonville < http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/nc020.htm > , N. C., March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's Ho!
use April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington,
D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June, and duty there till July. Mustered out July 24, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 109 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 285 Enlisted men by disease. Total 402.
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