|1. ||James Mateer was born 10 Oct 1841, Ripley County, Indiana; died 5 Jan 1940, Oskaloosa, Iowa; was buried Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa. |
- Census: 1900, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa
- Census: 1910, Adams, Mahaska County, Iowa
- Census: 1920, Mahaska County, Iowa
James enlisted in the Civil War in Co. C 40th Ioway Infantry, in Adams Township,
Mahaska County, Iowa on August 21, 1862, was 20 years of age. Michael M Rice
was Captain of the Company. Col John A. Garrett, their Commander, was a West
Point graduate. He had the 40th so well drilled it was called the Band Box
regiment and is so referred to this day by old soldiers of that division. They
were selected as guard for many celebrities on account of their fine appearance,
and thus escaped much slavish work. They were in Rices Brigade in the desperate
Battle of Jenkins Ferry April 30, 1863. Col Mackey of the 33rd was wounded and
taken from the field as the 40th were charging for the front, they met the 33rd
retreating without their leader, Col Garrett shouted "Boys will you follow me
and my 40th?" They gave him three cheers and he led them back to firing line.
They were in the Siege of Vicksburg, were at Haines Bluff nine miles north of
Vicksburg 42 days where fortifications were erected. On one occasion they
marched 40 miles in the most terrible summer heat, without halting. When one
remembers that their knapsacks, canteens, guns, etc. weighed 50 pounds, they
can consider what such a march meant. C. C. Mateer, James brother, was in the
same Company, only twelve men of Co. C. went in with "the Colors" foot-sore and
weary at the end of that 40 mile heated march. C. C. and James were two of the
They were never in a hospital and always on duty. The 40th and 33rd were in a
battle at Moro Creek in April, 1864, and at Prairie De Ann. They were with
General Steele Dept of Arkansas. Much of their time was spent pursuing Forest,
the rebel General. They left Geners Steele at Little Rock, and went to Fort
Gibson (then) Cherokee Nation where they were given honorable discharge papers
and mustered out of service August 2nd, 1865.
Buried with military honors.
Anna O Sawyer notes, March 1916, p 4-5.
James married Mary B. Allgood 2 Nov 1865, , Mahaska, Iowa. Mary was born Abt 1847, Indiana; died 25 Nov 1887, Mahaska County, Iowa; was buried Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa. [Group Sheet]
- 2. Alphus E. Mateer was born 1866; died 1958, Mahaska County, Iowa; was buried Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa.
- 3. Charles Edgar "C. E." Mateer was born 30 Nov 1868; died 16 Feb 1926; was buried Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa.
- 4. Ella J. Mateer was born 29 Jan 1871, Iowa; died 19 Jul 1940; was buried Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa.
- 5. Martha Mateer was born 1874.
- 6. Emma Mateer was born Abt 1875.
- 7. Hattie Mateer was born Abt 1878.
- 8. Della Mateer
- 9. Veda Mateer was born 17 Sep 1882, Iowa; died 19 May 1952; was buried Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska County, Iowa.
James married Mary Eola Sawyer 31 Mar 1898, El Dorado, Kansas. Mary (daughter of Alfred Sawyer and Lury Ann Macomber Fay) was born 21 Oct 1856, Westford, Vermont. [Group Sheet]