CDV.Jefferson Moses


Thomas Jefferson Moses was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1843. His parents were Abraham Moses and Julian Rhoades Moses. Abraham Moses was a farmer and had six children. The Moses family was of German ancestry. In 1856 the family moved to a farm in Stephenson County, Illinois, near Freeport.

On August 12, 1862, Jefferson enlisted in the 93rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. The 93rd had a distinguished record, participating at Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge and the March to the Sea. It also suffered heavy casualties at Champion Hill and Allatoona Pass.

Private Moses became ill at Vicksburg and was furloughed in July, 1863. After returning home, he spent time in convalescent camps in Nashville and Memphis before rejoining his regiment on January 6, 1864 in northern Alabama. He participated in the battle of Allatoona Pass on October 5, 1864, the March to the Sea, the March through the Carolinas, and the Grand Review in Washington D.C.



 Jefferson Moses' family

After the war, Jefferson married Mary Patten of Stephenson County, Illinois on March 1, 1866. Shortly after they married they moved to a farm in Story County, Iowa. There were six children born of this marriage. His wife and three of the children died during the 1880's. He was active in the Story City GAR Chapter and a frequent contributor to the letters to the editor of the local newspaper.

After remarriage and the death of his second wife, he moved to the Soldiers Home in Marshalltown, Iowa and lived there from 1905 until his death on December 13, 1922 at age 79. He, his first wife, and several of his children are buried in Center Cemetery, near Story City, Iowa.


Moses, far left, back row, Marshalltown Soldiers Home

He received a pension as a result of his Civil War service. This started in 1878 for the reason that he "contracted chronic dysentary from exposure to dampness and using bad water." Pension records also reported that he had partial deafness due to shelling in Civil War battles. Moses