SANDERS: Addison Hiatt b. Cincinnati, OH comes to Davenport, Scott, IA, becomes newspaper editor, Commish of Camp McClellan, Lieutenant Colonel, Brevet Brigadier General, Postmaster Acting Governor,
I was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, 12 Sept 1823, and trained as a printer. I plied my trade in Davenport twice in 1845 and 1846 before moving here. I came to help my brother Alfred keep his newspaper running, the Gazette. I took over editorial duties so he could focus on the business end. By the end of 1856, Davenport had grown large enough to sustain a daily paper, and I decided to settle permanently, becoming the editor of the Daily Davenport Gazette. I married Amelia BARROWS, dtr of prominent local doctor, E. S. BARROWS, and they both rest beside me in Davenport's Oakdale Memorial Gardens aka Oakdale Cemetery.
I received a commission in the Union Army as an aide to Samuel KIRKWOOD, Governor of Iowa. I was next appointed commissioner of Camp McClellan, near the Village of East Davenport, one of several mustering locations and the primary location for military encampments west of the Mississippi River. Here the multitude of volunteers who had signed up to fight against the South were trained and organized into military units.
In 1862, the 16th Iowa Infantry was formed. Gov. KIRKWOOD asked me to become its commander, an offer which I respectfully declined. I had seen poorly qualified individuals put in command and I would rather a trained officer be placed in charge. This impressed Gov. KIRKWOOD and he granted my wish, placing Capt. Alexander CHAMBERS as colonel. They appointed me lieutenant colonel.
The 16th Iowa first saw combat at Shiloh, one of the largest battles of the early Civil War and one of the Union's few successes [Apr 6-7, Shiloh, TN]. The regiment was reinforcements arriving on the second day - we could hear the sounds of fighting from the front line when we landed at Pittsburgh Landing. We fought at the Battle of Corinth in Mississippi where I was severely wounded. I was taken prisoner by the Confederates during the Battle of Atlanta. While in prison, I suffered starvation and sickness, and recovered after the prisoner exchange. I was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General and I was discharged in 1865 for disability.
I returned to Davenport and served the City as postmaster. In 1870, I accepted an appointment as Secretary of Montana Territory and later became the acting governor and Registrar of the United States Land Office in Montana. After my time in the West, I retired to Davenport.
In my later years, I was run overy by a horse team in West Davenport and decided to convalesce at the Iowa Soldiers Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. I passed away there 7 Nov 1912. My body was returned to Davenport to be buried.
This script was used in Oakdale's bi-annual cemetery walk where volunteers portray noted citizens as if they still exist at each gravesite. (see website)