WILLIAM D. MORTON enlisted in the Civil War on August 15, 1862 as a 5th Sergeant. He was mustered into G Co. of the Iowa 25th Infantry and was mustered out on June 6, 1865. The 25th accompanied Sherman’s forces to Vicksburg and was engaged at Chickasaw Bayou. As part of McClernand’s command, it took part in the capture of Arkansas Post, where it lost about 60, but won the favorable opinion of superior officers. The 25th was in a sharp fight at Cherokee Station, Al, and supported a New York battery at Lookout Mountain. It was engaged at Resaca, Dallas, around Atlanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro, Lovejoy’s Station and in many other skirmishes.
Morton is believed to be the son of William Derrick Morton (1816-1892), who was an early leader of the Mormon Church.
Offering a signed CDV of Morton Jr. from the Union Photograph Gallery, Theo. Owens, Burlington, IA, with research on Morton’s identity. The signature is slightly difficult to decipher but given the research and the placement of the photographer in Burlington, Iowa, there is strong evidence to support the identity.
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