Saturday, February 9, 2008

Thomas R. Oldham

Sergeant Major, Company D, 39th Iowa Infantry
Captain, Company E, 110th U.S. Colored Infantry

He was born between 1834 & 1835 in Ohio. He resided in Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa at the time of his enlistment in Company D of the 39th Iowa Infantry. He was appointed Sergeant Major on August 9, 1862 and was mustered in November 24, 1862. "As. Sergt. Major of the 39th Iowa, he was ever ready and willing to do his duty, and he had the respect and good will of every officer and man in the Regiment."

He was discharged December 10, 1863 for promotion to Captain of Company E, 2nd Alabama Colored Infantry which later became the 110th U.S. Colored Infantry. He is listed on plaque D-107 of the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He married Sarah E. Johnson 18 Sep 1861, Clarke County, Iowa. By 1880 he had moved to Walton, Harvey County, Kansas, where he resided and worked as a fire insurance agent, with his wife, and three children: Inez, Lillian & Clarence.

SOURCES: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System; Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers During the War of the Rebellion, Volume 5, p. 950; Clarke County Iowa Early Marriages 1852-1873, p. 18; 1880 Federal Census for Walton, Harvey Co., KS; "Letter from Capt. L. D. Bennett of the 39th," The Union Sentinel, Osceola, Iowa, January 2, 1864

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