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38th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
Iowa state flag
Active November 4, 1862 to December 12, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Siege of Vicksburg
Siege of Fort Morgan

The 38th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 38th Iowa Infantry was recruited for the most part in five counties, Fayette, Winneshiek, Bremmer, Chickasaw, and Howard. Rendezvous and initial training was conducted at Camp Franklin, [Dubuque, Iowa]] and mustered in for three years of Federal service on November 4, 1862.

The regiment was ordered to be consolidated with the 34th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment on December 12, 1864. Consolidation was completed on January 1, 1865. [1]

Total strength and casualties[]

A total of 1037 men served in the 38th Iowa at one time or another during its existence.[2] It suffered 2 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 4 officers and 311 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 317 fatalities.[3]


  • Colonel D. Henry Hughes - Thirty-two-year-old Hughes was referred to as a man of commanding stature, fine presence, and the soul of honor. He had the respect of the community as a war Democrat and a lawyer of considerable repute. A native of New York, he lived in Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa for seven years before the war. He died of disease August 7, 1863 at Port Hudson, La.[4]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Hudnutt - a Civil Engineer from Sumner Township in Bremer County, was mustered out upon consolidation of the regiment.


See also[]

  • List of Iowa Civil War Units
  • Iowa in the American Civil War


  1. Iowa and the Rebellion, Lurton Dunham Ingersol, 1866, pages 664 - 668.
  2. Iowa Genweb Iowa in the Civil War Project after Logan, Guy E., Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion, Vol. 1
  3. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  4. Bailey, Edwin C. Past and Present of Winneshiek County Iowa, A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement. Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1913, 117, 118.
  5. Iowa Genweb Iowa in the Civil War Project after Logan, Guy E., 'Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion'', Vol. 1