A wonderful grouping of two items from a member of the 2nd Iowa Cavalry!† The first item in the group is a card with the regimental badge emblazoned on it.† The card is for Byron A. Beeson, Co. B, 2nd Iowa Cavalry.† It happens that Beeson was also the Secretary of State for the State of Iowa!!!† Written on the card is "Byron A. Beeson - Treasurer of State - Des Moines.† - Co. B - F.M. Thomas Post No. 98, G.A.R., Marshalltown".† With the card is a regimental badge from the 2nd Iowa Cavalry.† This beautiful badge has a carbine holding a flag with "2nd Iowa" and crossed sabers on a shield.† What a wonderful collection.†
This hard fighting unit fought for most the war in the West.† They were on Grierson's famous raid and ended the war at Franklin and Nashville.† At Nashville they fought dismounted as infantry and helped capture forts and send the Confederates retreating in total panic.