Captain Webber Seavey
Fifth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry
Webber S. Seavey was a twenty year old resident of Hudson, Nebraska when he enlisted in Company H of the Fifth Iowa Cavalry on New Years Day 1862. His leadership attributes were quickly recognized and on the fifteenth of January he was promoted to Fourth Sergeant of the Company. That spring he was promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant, and he became the unit's senior enlisted member when he was promoted to First Sergeant on August 1, 1862.
Seavey received an early Christmas present on December 20, 1864 when he was commissioned and became captain of Company H. He mustered out of the regiment on August 11, 1865, Nashville, Tennessee.
While he was serving as the company's first sergeant, the regiment was involved in a very violent and dangerous battle. During that engagement, they were forced to battle their way through strong enemy lines out of a surrounded position. In that process, Lieutenant William Hays of their company, was captured by the Confederates. Following his capture, Sergeant Seavey wrote the following letter to Hays' wife:
The Fifth Iowa Cavalry site is deeply indebted to Michael Breeling for sharing the civil war image of Seavey, for which he maintains the copyright. We are also grateful to Laurie Hays Kleen for providing the letter quoted above. She is the great-granddaughter of Captain Hays.