Private William Frost
Fifth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry
The story of Frost's military service was tragically brief. Born in Ohio, he called Cass County Iowa home when he enlisted on October 14, 1861. He was mustered into Company D on November 13th, and less than a month later… he was dead. Young eighteen year old William died due to circumstances not recorded in the Official Roster on December 4, 1861.
Little more than two years later, some of Frost's comrades would return home during the furlough following their reenlistments. The following passage appears in the February 3, 1864 issue of the Galena Daily Advertiser. It reveals in passing that the Frost family's pain at the loss of their son was magnified by the death of his sister.
A NOBLE COMPANY OF VETERANS
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