The History of Company C, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry

and Biographies of its Officers

Contributed by Judy Landauer
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The following is the printed history of the 49th Iowa, Company C and biographies of its officers.

The History:

"Company C, Forty-Ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, was originally known and organized as Company C, First Regiment Iowa National Guard, November 1, 1883, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  It's first Captain was Geo. GREEN, who was elected Colonel of the Regiment, October, 1890, and appointed Adjutant General of the State January, 1891, serving two terms.  Its second leader was Captain SMITH, who was elected January 13, 1891, for a term of five years, when its present Captain, Geo. A. EVANS, was elected.  Company C was mustered in as they were in the National Guard, and enlisted with sixty-three men, afterwards recruiting up to the full quota of 104 men.  The members are young business men, of fine physique, who immediately responded to the call of the President for volunteers, many giving up positions of trustm and good salaries to defend the flag. They are a credit to the Regiment of the State of Iowa, and a body of men that any officer might well feel honored in being their commander.

Captain George A. EVANS was born in Iowa in 1857, and was educated in Cedar Rapids, graduating from the high school there.  Captain EVANS began his military career in 1874, hence has had long experience.  He was mustered out of service in 1880, and in 1883 joined his present Company; he has served as Sergeant and First Lieutenant, and was elected Captain in 1895.  He responded promptly with his Company to the President's call for volunteers and was mustered in to the Volunteer Army June 2d, 1898.  In civil life Captian EVANS is manager of large factory interests in Cedar Rapids, where he lives with his family, at 527 First Street, West.

First Lieutenant Harry J. SUGRU is 28 years old, and was born in Rochester, New York, in 1870; was educated at that place and also in the Rochester Business College, taking a course in stenography. Lieutenant SUGRU has lived in Cedar Rapids since 1890, and joined Company C, December 31st, 1891.  He became First Lieutenant in February, 1898.  His ability as an officer is well known and he is well liked by the men of his Company.

Second Lieutenant Albert U. MACHEMER was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Christmas day, 1874; was educated in public schools of that place and has always lived there.  He joined Company C March 2d, 1894, and was elected to his present rank April 4, 1898.  He is an intelligent and conscientious officer."


"Historical and Biographical Souvenir of the 49th Iowa U.S. Volnteer Infantry.  Illustrated with scenes of camp life." (Jacksonville, FL 1898).

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