Lieutenant Stephen Caldwell 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry KIA


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Vignette carte view of 1st lieutenant Stephen H Caldwell of Iowa. Stephen would rise rapidly through the ranks. He would muster as the drummer for Company C of the 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in October, 1861. The following May he would be promoted to sergeant. 1863 would see him promoted to 1st sergeant in March, 2nd lieutenant in June and 1st lieutenant in November. Quite an ascension through the ranks for a former drummer. Attached to the Army of West Tennessee and later the Army of the Tennessee, they would see a fair share of fighting beginning with the Battle of Shiloh in April, 1862. Corinth was next followed by a string of significant battles over the next 2 years in which Stephen would be promoted following his leadership abilities in the field. In July, 1864 the regiment would find themselves embroiled in the Battle of Atlanta when they locked horns with John Bell Hoods forces. The battle would begin on July 22nd but the city would not fall until until September 2nd. Stephen however would not live to see the city captured. He would be killed in action on the first days fight for the city. Stephen is shown here with the rank of 2nd lieutenant prior to his promotion to 1st lieutenant. A faint period pencil id can be viewed on the reverse reading “S. H. Caldwell”. An identical view of Stephen can be seen on the HDS. No back mark on this one.

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