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Small Grouping Attributed to Jacob Pfoutz 1st Iowa Cavalry

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Item No. AR7984MF Category


Nice little grouping associated with the famed 1st Iowa Cavalry. This small pairing of items belonged to Jacob Pfoutz who would muster with Company E in November, 1861. Like the majority of men from the 1st Iowa Cavalry, Jacob would furnish his own horse and equipment for the war. The fact that the men from the regiment supplied their own horses gave them ample leverage over other units who were supplied with inferior government supplied mounts. Jacob would spend several stints in the hospital during his service with eye issues. In July and August of 1863 he would be hospitalized in the Good Samaritan Eye and Ear Hospital. Following his release Jacob would transfer into the Veteran Reserve Corps. In September of 1863 he would be back in the hospital. Jacob would remain hospitalized until July of 1864. He would be diagnosed with “partial opacity of both corneas” which we know today as cataracts. Deemed unfit to serve in the VRC, he would be discharged in August, 1864. Included in this group is Jacob’s original discharge. Also included are two GAR ribbons from 1870 and 1887, Jacob’s GAR membership badge and his GAR membership certificate. Full service records are included as well.

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