Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - John Moore

John Spencer Moore

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • John Buford Post #89 Everett, Snohomish Co. WA

Unit History

  • 5th Iowa Infantry C

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John Moore
Full Unit History

Organized: 7/15/61 Burlington, IA
Mustered In: 7/15/-17/61 Burlington, IA
Mustered Out: 7/30/64 Chattanooga, TN

Regimental History


  The 5th, a three year western theater regiment, left the state for Missouri shortly after Federal muster.  In the months that followed it moved throughout Missouri and nearby states in a number of successful and some less-than-successful operations. 

  1862 found the 5th taking an active roll against New Madrid and Island No. 10 in MS.  Near mid year it participated in the battle of luka where it lost 220 killed/ 75 wounded out of 480 engaged.  ’62 ended with the regiment in Tennessee.  In the spring of 1863 the 5th took part in the battle of Jackson, Ms and was in the thick of the fight at Campion’s Hill where it lost 19 killed/75 wounded out of 350.  The siege of Vicksburg followed.

  That fall the regiment returned to Tennessee and fought at Missionary Ridge where it was overcome by an overwhelming force and lost many captured.  Early 1864 witnessed the regiment performing railroad guard duty in Alabama and Georgia.  With original enlistees mustering out, the remaining troops transferred to the 5th Iowa Cavalry.

  Total losses from all causes: 250 officers and enlisted men. 

Soldier History

Residence: Columbus City, IA Age: 23.1 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 7/1/61 Burlington or Keokuk, IA Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 7/16/61
Mustered Out: 7/30/64 Chattanooga, TN
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History


  Born in Madison, TN on 5/2/38, John Spencer Moore was the fifth of 8 children in the family of Joseph M. and Margaret Moore.  There is not available information pertaining to his childhood, formative, or teenaged years other than the fact that by the time of the 1850 U.S. census, the Moore family was farming in Columbus City, IA.

  When the civil war came to America in 1861 the Moores were still in Columbia City.  John then answered his country’s call to arms and enlisted in the U.S. army as an infantry soldier.  Private Moore’s military records provide no significant insight into his term of service beyond being treated for “debility” (weakness due to chronic diarrhea) in May, ’62, which resulted in being assigned to “minimal duty.” He was on furlough in mid 1863, and, in April, 1864 “absent, left in camp Huntsville, AL.”  June of the same year found him sick in “convalescent hospital.”

  Based on his years of Civil War soldiering John later applied for, and was granted a U.S. Government invalid pension.  With “the elephant” behind him, John returned to farming in Columbus, Iowa.  In October, 1867 he married Matilda S. Carringer (b. 4/29/1845 PA d. 1/28/1914).  The union produced at least six children: William (b. ca 1869), Henry (b. ca. 1869), Dan (b. ca. 1873), Samuel E. (b. unk.), Mary (b. ca. 1878) and David W. (b. ca 1883).  Not all survived into adulthood.

  In 1880, according to the U.S. census, John and family were farming in Clay Township, Kansas.  Cause for the move is not known.  The Moores were next documented in Everett, WA in 1908 where on 4/12, John died at the age of 69.11 years of age.  Why the Moores came to the Pacific Northwest is not documented, but likely it was to be near adult children and their families.  Matilda’s passing is not documented. 


Buried at Evergreen Cemetery Everett
Row: 15
Site: 75

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