|Birth||July 21, 1841|
|Death||Jan. 4, 1932|
|Unit||19th Iowa Infantry, Company E|
1st Lieutenant John C Bonnell
Company E, 19th Iowa Infantry
Bonnell was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 21, 1841. He was residing in Dover (Fayette County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 12, 1862 as a private. Bonnell served nearly 3 years. He was discharged on July 10, 1865 at Mobile, Alabama. Bonnell received 3 promtions during his service:
To Fifer on September 1, 1862.
To Sergeant on January 1, 1864.
To 1st Lieutenant on August 2, 1864.
The 19th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on August 25, 1862. During Bonnell’s enlistment, the unit fought at the Battle of Prairie Grove (AR) (December 7, 1862). The regiment lost 44 soldiers, 149 were wounded, and 2 were captured. About 10 months later, the regiment was part of the Battle of Stirling’s Plantation (LA) (September 29, 1863). The unit lost 9 soldiers, 24 were wounded, and 211 were captured. The POW’s were sent to Tyler, Texas.
Bonnell died on January 4, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Bonnell was a member of the Farragut Post (#25) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Lincoln.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.