Saturday, September 15, 2012

Civil War Veteran: John R. Fariss

John R. Fariss
Born:  About 1844, son of L. P. Fariss
Died:  Unknown (probably before 1905 in Riverside County, California)

The 45th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry was one of a number of regiments raised in the summer of 1864 for short-term service.  Known as "Hundred Days Men," these regiments were organized as part of an effort to end the war in 100 days.  They served rear garrison duty enabling veteran troops to take part in Sherman's Atlanta Campaign.
Mustered in at Keokuk, Iowa on May 25, 1864 they moved first to St. Louis, Missouri, then on to Memphis and Moscow, Tennessee.  They were assigned to guard the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.  Mustered out September 16, 1864 at Keokuk.
John R. Fariss was mustered in as a Corporal and mustered out as a First Corporal.

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