Tuesday, May 27, 2014

James M. Latta, Iowa.

James M. Latta.

Birth: Sep. 22, 1834.
Death: Feb. 3, 1920.

Wife: Anna Jane Kendall Latta, ( 1838-1897 ).

Children: James Harry Latta (1869 - 1934), John Charles Latta (1871 - 1923), Walter L Latta (1873 - 1952), Frank F Latta (1875 - 1923).

Burial: Logan Cemetery, Logan, Harrison County, Iowa.

Iowa State Records.

James M. Latta, Private, Age 28, Residence Pottawattamie County, Nativity Pennsylvania, Enlisted in Iowa 29th., Infantry, Company B., November 30, 1862, Mustered in same.  Wounded April 30, 1864, at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.  Mustered out June 17, 1865, at Davenport, Iowa.

Surgeon General Report.

CASE 895. Private J. M. Latta, Co. B, 29th Iowa, was wounded at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas, April 30, 1864, and was reported by Surgeon L. Nicholson, of his regiment, as mortally wounded by a shot perforation of the pelvis. On June 16th, he was admitted to hospital at Camden with "gunshot wound of the pelvis," but there is no record of treatment or disposition. He was mustered out of service on June 17, 1865. Pension Examiner D.  H. O. Linn, of Magnolia, Iowa, reported, August 27, 1870 : " The ball entered the left groin and passed directly backward, making its exit in the left hip. In its course it seems to have partially paralyzed the rectum, so that to effect a passage ho has to resort to a powerful cathartic or enema. It also seems to have injured some of the muscles and nerves in this region, so that walking a short distance produces stiffness of the leg and considerable pain at the knee." J. H. Rice, late assistant surgeon 29th Iowa, in an affidavit made July 18, 1870, testifies that he has frequently been consulted in this case, and describes the wound as follows : "The ball entering near the left groin, passing over the edge of the pubis, and coming out through the left natis. Said wound frequently breaks, and discharges for several weeks in succession." This pensioner was paid to June 4, 1873.


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