(1837 - 1918)
Home State: Ohio
Education: Oberlin College
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry
"He attended common school gaining the rudiments of an education, which he supplemented with a course at Oberon [Oberlin] College in the years 1854 and 1855, after a period in business at Sandusky, Ohio. In 1856 with almost the first settlers, he came to Chickasaw County [Iowa] locating at Williamstown. When the war began he returned to Ohio." He enlisted at age 24 in Company E, 7th Ohio Infantry on 26 September 1861 for three years. He was appointed Corporal on 1 January 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the head in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.
The rest of the War
Promoted to Sergeant on 1 January 1863. Wounded in left thigh at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. Transferred to Company B, 5th Ohio Infantry on 31 October 1864, and re-appointed Sergeant. Mustered out at expiration of his term of service.
After the War
"The call at the West was still upon him, and the same year of his discharge he bought a flock of sheep and drove them all the way from Ohio to Chickasaw county. He began then a career of farmer, stockman, businessman and politician, which was destined to make him a more than a local power ... continued at farming for a year, and then for twenty years Mr. Bailey was in the store at Williamstown and the postmaster there. He was a member of the Boards of Supervisors for six years and represented Chickasaw in the State Legislature two terms, 1885 and 1887."
References & notes
09/26/1837; Vermillian, OH
06/10/1918; New Hampton, IA; burial in New Hampton Cemetery, New Hampton, IA