D. W. HOOPES, b. Dec. 10, 1841


biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887

D. W. HOOPES, of Harrison Township, is a farmer and stock-raiser, residing on section 22. He was born at Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1841, and is the son of John and Barbara (Grider) Hoopes, both natives of Pennsylvania, who removed to Iowa in the spring of 1856, settling in Dubuque County, where they resided until 1869, thence removed to this county, near Oskaloosa, where he has since resided. His wife died in 1879, and her remains lie in the cemetery at Oskaloosa. In his young days John Hoopes followed the trade of tanner, but of late years has followed farming. The subject of this sketch was married to Francelia A. Rarick, on the 13th of October, 1867. She was born Jan. 1, 1844, and is a daughter of Isaac and Marilla (Huntington) Rarick. The result of this union is four children: John A. and Harry B., deceased; Isaac N. and Mabel C. Our subject enlisted in Co. 1, 21st Iowa Vol. Inf., Aug. 13, 1862, and went into camp at Camp Dunlap, Dubuque, thence to St. Louis and on to Rolla. From Rolla the regiment was sent to Houston, thence to Harrisville, returning to Houston. While there it received orders to go to Springfield, and on the way met the rebel General, Beauregard, with 4,000 men and six pieces of artillery. There were in the command but 1,700 men and six pieces of artillery, but they held their position for eight hours, receiving three cavalry charges, repulsing them each time, when both armies retreated at the same time, the Union troops returning to Houston, each army leaving a few to take care of the dead. From Houston the regiment marched over the Ozark Mountains to West Plains, from which point they went to Iron Mountain, thence to St. Genevieve, on the Mississippi River, remaining at each of those points about three weeks. They went down the river in the spring of 1863, participating in the entire campaign which resulted so gloriously in the capture of Vicksburg on the 4th of July. From there they went to Jackson, participating in a three days' engagement with Johnson, thence to New Orleans, and participated in the diversion to Brashear City and up the Bayou Teche toward Texas, which was intended to attract the attention of the rebels from Gen. Bank's expepedition, which was making its way up Red River, Returning from their scout, they were sent up the White River as far as Duvall's Bluff. From the latter named place they were ordered to Memphis, Tenn., from which point they were sent in support of a command of cavalry sent to intercept the rebel Gen. Hood. They returned and were sent up Red River as far as St. Charles, where they remained two weeks, and came back to New Orleans. Here they took the steamship and went to Matagorda Bay, landing at Deeroes's Point, and thence overland to Ft. Esperauza, Tex., routed the rebel force in that vicinity and returned to Powder Horn, on Matagorda. Bay, and were again sent back to New Orleans by way of Lake Pontchartrain. Here they were again embarked in the expedition against Ft. Gaines at the mouth of Mobile Bay, and participated in the capture of Ft. Blakeney and Spanish Fort, the last battle of the war, shortly after which Gen. Lee surrendered the entire rebel army to Gen. Grant at Appomattox. From there they returned to New Orleans, where they staid a short time, were sent to Baton Rouge for muster out, and lastly to Clinton; Iowa, where they were paid off and discharged, arriving home on the 26th day of July, 1865. Mr. Hoopes has eighty acres of land in an excellent state of cultivation, with a good house, barn and necessary out-buildings; he has 215 head of sheep, six head of horses, and eleven of cattle. He has prospered exceedingly well in his present business, and as a citizen stands high in the regard of all who know him.

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