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Youngest Officer Capt. E. C. Little

THE YOUNGEST OFFICER.-The question having been raised as to who was the youngest officer who was commissioned in Iowa regiments during the war, the State Register offers the following solution, and asks if any editor can give the name of an officer who was commissioned so young:

Capt. E. C. Little, of Independence, Iowa, enlisted when under 18 years of age, but “passed” as 18 years old. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Company C. 9th Iowa Infantry, July 18, 1862, being 17 years of age the 11th of March previous. On the 8th day of March, 1863, he was commissioned Captain of the Company, three days before he was 18 years old. He was twice wounded May 22d, 1863, in the rear of Vicksburg. He is still suffering from his wounds.

E. C. Little, “The Youngest Officer.,” Buchanan County Bulletin (Independence, Iowa), 21 November 1873; digital image, Chronicling America ( : accessed 20 December 2019); citing State Historical Society of Iowa-Des Moines, Iowa, p. 3, col. 3.

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