Capt. William Vermilion missed the Battle of Marks’ Mills while back in Iowa recruiting. He was returning by river boat at the time of the battle. He returned to command the remaining 36th Iowa bluecoats following the retreat to Little Rock and was promoted to major. After the war he abandoned medicine, studied law and became a successful attorney and legislator. Vermillion Township was named for him. His son became a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.
Major Augustus H. Hamilton of Ottumwa managed to escape Camp Ford along with Capt. Allen Miller of Company C and Capt. John Lambert of Company K, 36th Infantry. They escaped on July 23, 1864 and finally reached the Union lines on Aug. 24, 1864, walking hundreds of miles while living on berries, green corn, watermelons and rain water.
Capt. Thomas M. Fee and Capt. Joseph K. Gedney also escaped but were tracked down in a swamp by bloodhounds. The rest of the prisoners were freed by March, 1865. Fee later became an attorney and district judge, a member of the County Board of Supervisors and superintendent of Schools. Gedney returned to farm in Pleasant Township and was also on the County Board of Supervisors and president of the Agricultural Society.
Thus ended the most disastrous day in Appanoose County history. To be concluded with Gen. Steele’s retreat from Camden and the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry.
To be continued……