Union Army Enlistee Part of Sherman's March to the Sea

Man joins infantry in Union Army, follows Sherman until discharge, then homesteads under grant signed by President Ulysses Grant.

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My great-grandfather, Joseph A. Roth Sr., felt the call of his adopted country and enlisted for the Civil War. He was in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and he served for three years. He was injured and took part in Sherman's March to the Sea. He was discharged in 1865. Because he was a Civil War veteran, Mr. Roth was entitled to homestead 160 acres instead of 80 acres. He staked out his claim in Lyon County, Iowa. His homestead grant was signed by President Ulysses Grant.

Myrtle May Duin
George, Iowa


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