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20th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Grouping with Possible ID to Francis Elrod


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Nice little grouping of 20th Iowa Volunteer Infantry items. This grouping of items came out of a home in Linn County, Marion, Iowa that was being cleaned out by family members following the sale of the estate back in 2005. They stated at that time that the grouping of items belonged to a family member by the last name of “Elrod”. The only possible match with the 20th Iowa would be Francis Elrod who would live in Linn County for the remainder of his life following the war. Whether these items directly pertain to Francis is not known but it is highly possible. Francis would muster with Company F in August, 1862. He would serve until the end of the war mustering out in July, 1865. Included in this grouping is a number of 20th Iowa Infantry reunion ribbons. One of these ribbons featuring a really neat celluloid of two soldiers shaking hands with one of the men missing his arm and the other with a peg leg. A cabinet card is also included, back marked out of Marion, Iowa in which the subject is seen wearing the very same GAR membership badge which is included in this group. The final piece to the group is a sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman, seated and armed with his musket. This image is a bit on the dark side with some condition issues. It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case with patriotic matting. Unfortunately neither image bears any id but were merely found with this grouping. I cannot say with absolute certainty that these did in fact belong to Francis Elrod. Regardless a unique grouping which comes housed in a riker case along with several pages of research material.

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