Augustus Wentz is not the only illustrious Civil War soldier buried in Davenport’s Oakdale Cemetery. Some others:
John Vale: The only Quad-Citian to earn the Medal of Honor for his service in the war, he lived in the Quad-Cities both before and after the war, although he served with the Second Minnesota Infantry. He earned the Medal of Honor by staving off a Confederate assault on a wagon train near Nolensville, Tenn., in 1863. After the war, he served as the chief mailing clerk for the Davenport post office for 26 years.
Brig. Gen. Addison Sanders: He was the editor of the Davenport Gazette before joining the Army. He eventually was placed in command of Camp McClellan, became a colonel in the 18th Iowa Infantry, was wounded at Shiloh and was taken prisoner at Atlanta in July 1864. After the war, he became Davenport’s postmaster and was appointed acting governor of the Montana territory in 1870.
Brig. Gen. George Cram: He was part of the Ninth Kentucky Infantry and had no apparent ties to Davenport even though he is buried here. He led troops in some of the biggest battles of the war — including Shiloh, Chickamauga and Stone’s River — and was wounded at Shiloh in 1862. He remained in the Army after the war and died in the Dakota Territory in 1872.
Brig. Gen. Joseph Leake: He resigned from the Iowa Legislature to become captain of the 20th Iowa infantry when the war began. He was wounded and captured at Stirlings Farm, La., in 1863 and was released a year later, returning to active duty. After the war, he was elected to the Iowa Senate, served as the U.S. attorney for northern Illinois and was elected the attorney for the Chicago Board of Education.