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48th Battalion Iowa Volunteer Infantry
Iowa state flag
Active July 13, 1864 to October 21, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry

The 48th Battalion Iowa Volunteer Infantry was an infantry battalion that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was among scores of regiments that were raised in the summer of 1864 as Hundred Days Men, an effort to augment existing manpower for an all-out push to end the war within 100 days.


The 48th Iowa Infantry was organized as Companies A, B, and C at Davenport, Iowa, and mustered in for one-hundred days Federal service on July 13, 1864 as part of a plan to raise short term regiments for service as rear area garrison duty to release veteran troops for Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. As there were not enough recruits to complete an entire regiment in the time allotted, the unit was redesignated a battalion. The battalion spent its entire service guarding prisoners of war at the Rock Island Barracks, Illinois.

The battalion was mustered out on October 21, 1864.

Total strength and casualties[]

A total of 358 men served in the 48th Iowa Battalion at one time or another during its existence.[1] It suffered 4 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 4 fatalities.[2]


  • Lieutenant Colonel Oliver H. P. Scott[2]

See also[]

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


  1. Iowa Genweb Iowa in the Civil War Project after Logan, Guy E., Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion, Vol. 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Logan, "Roster"