Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - John Moore

John Hance Moore

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • Isaac Stevens Post #1 Seattle, King Co. WA

Unit History

  • 46th Iowa Infantry E

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John  Moore
Full Unit History

Organized: Spring, 1864 Davenport, IA
Mustered In: 6/10/1864 Davenport, IA
Mustered Out: 9/23/1864 Davenport, IA

Regimental History



In early May, 1864 with the opening of the Overland Campaign Union forces under the command of Gen. U.S. Grant moved southward into Virginia. One year later the Federal efforts would bring an end to four years of bloody American civil war.

To field as many "seasoned" troops as possible, many rear echelon regiments were pulled from non-combat assignments and placed into the advancing Federal armies. To fill the gaps created by these troop movements many, relatively short-term regiments were organized and mustered in to Federal service. The 46th Iowa was one such unit.

The 46th was organized to serve for 100 days. It was sent from Iowa into Tennessee to garrison Federal posts and guard railroads.

In mid- August, 1864 members of the 46th did have an engagement with the enemy at Collierville, TN. A captain and sixteen men were sent to, if possible, rescue two men of the 6th Illinois cavalry captured by irregular Rebel forces. During the rescue attempt the captain and three of his men were wounded and four others were captured.

When the time for which they had enlisted expired, the 46th was honorably mustered out of existence and into history.

Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded:  0; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 0; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 1; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 27.

Soldier History

Residence: Linn County, IA   Age: 19.2 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 5/9/1864   Rank: Pvt. 
Mustered In: 6/10/1864 Davenport, IA
Mustered Out: 9/23/1864 Davenport, IA
Highest Rank:  Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

Family History



NOTE: The birth - to - death biographical profile of Hance Moore was created in September, 2021 during the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It contains less depth of detail than many other biographies within this website because military service, pension and other veteran-related files housed in Washington, D.C.'s National Archives were not available. At a later time those documents may be obtained and the data contained therein added to the narrative which follows.
John Hance Moore was born 2/26/1845. His place of birth was within the state of Iowa.

Parents of Hance were Elisha "Eli" Moore (b. 1815 PA - d. unk.) and Rachael (nee Ferris b. 1823 OH - d. 10/17/1864 Linn County, IA) Moore. Elisha was a farmer.

Elisha Moore died sometime between the 1850 U.S. Census tally and 1853. The latter year was when Rachel remarried to a Mr. Joseph Parker. She and Joseph then produced at least two children of their own.

Hance was oldest of three children, and the only male child born to Elisha and Rachael. His younger siblings were Helen (b. 1847 IA) and Sarah (b. 1850 IA).

It appears that Hance remained on his mother's and stepfather's farm located in Monroe Linn County, IA until he joined the U.S. Army in May, 1864. His regiment was the 100 day 46th Iowa Infantry.*

Private Moore's period of military service was relatively brief and, apparently, benign. Having served his enlistment term he returned to life as a farmer. Whether he then resettled with his mother and stepfather or elsewhere is not known.

Chronologically, the next notable life experience pertaining to Hance - census tallies during the remainder of his lifetime would refer to him also as J.H. or John H. Moore but herein we will continue with Hance - comes from 1876. That was the year he married to Nancy Ann (nee Morris b. 9/1871 OH). Details of their meeting, marriage, etc. are not available.

During their years together Hance and Nancy produced two children. They were: Benjamin Franklin Moore (b. 5/16/1879 Fall City King County, Washington Territory (WT) and Albert Ernest Moore (b. 11/1880 WT).

As denoted by the birth states of the two Moore sons, although after being wed Hance and Nancy may have initially set up their household in Iowa, but by May of 1879 they had removed to Washington Territory. What had drawn them to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest and exactly when they arrived are unknowns. Here, they took up farming between the eastern King County communities of Snoqualmie and Fall City. Census tallies during the next forty years would reflect one or the other of these rural towns.

John Hance Moore died on 3/21/1920 in Fall City King County, WA. He was 75.1 years of age. His Washington State death certificate listed the cause of his passing as "myocarditis" (heart disease) with "senility" contributing. Burial was/is in the Fall City Cemetery.

Dropping back some years, while still in Iowa former Civil War infantryman Hance Moore had begun the paperwork process to obtain a U.S. Government disability pension based on his days of soldiering. A stipend was granted, but without his pension files the details of his received, monthly payments are not known.

On the heels of her husband's passing Nancy Moore petitioned the U.S. Government to continue receiving at least a portion of her late spouse's payments as a widow's pension. Again, although we know the request was honored, without her widow files the details of her monthly stipend is not known.

Available documentation does not reflect Where Nancy resided after Hance's death. That having been said, she likely remained in the Snoqualmie/Fall City area as she died on 4/22/1956 in the latter community.  She was/is buried with Hance in the Fall City Cemetery.
* According to the American Civil War Research Database Hance, earlier, in 1862 had attempted to enlist in the 20th Iowa Infantry's Company "A", but because of age was rejected by the unit's Federal mustering officer.


Buried at Fall City Cemetery

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