Snelling - Wahoo / Jesperson - Ashland
Snelling and Jesperson two Civil War Soldiers whose families were from Saunders County:
Thomas Snelling, son of Alex and Agnes, born in Ohio, enlisted into the 14th Iowa Infantry, Company G, in 1861
Thomas was killed at the battle of Fort Donelson, February 1862. Donelson was General US Grant's first great victory of the war, where he won the nickname of "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.
Alex and Agnes Snellings children were:
John Snelling 1832 OH
Charles W Snelling 1833 OH
Thomas Snelling 1835 OH
Albert Snelling 1840 OH
Mary Snelling 1844 OH
Fleming Snelling 1846 OH
Eliza A Snelling 1847 OH
Emily J Snelling 1854 IA
Rebecca Snelling 1857 IA
John Snelling's family lived many years in the area near Wahoo Nebraska
Recently a diary of one of Thomas Snelling's companions in the Civil War has been published by the Traer Iowa Museum ( www.traermuseum.com )
The diary mentions Tom Snelling's death at Fort Donelson and gives a good account of his service. Surviving members of the Snelling family may find this book very interesting.
Peter Jesperson, buried at Ashland Nebraska, served in the same 14th Iowa Regiment, Company G, with Snelling and was severely wounded at the famous Hornets' Nest of Shiloh.
After the war he lived in Ashland with his wife Jane and their children:
Sarah, Elmer, Fredrick, Anna, Grace.
The Jespersons were long time residents of Saunders county. Peter died in 1906 and his farm went to Elmer who in turn passed it on to his son Lewis.
Any surviving members of the Jesperson family might enjoy this book also, which tells about Peter Jesperson's wounding at Shiloh, where he and his regiment's brave stand helped save Grant's army from complete destruction and bought Grant the extra time needed to regroup his scattered army overnight and win the crucial victory the following day.