Battle Person Detail

Drake, Francis M.

In 1861, Drake raised a company for the 2nd Iowa Infantry, in defense of his home state. In August 1862, Drake received a commission as a lieutenant colonel in the Thirty-sixth Iowa Infantry. In April 1864, he commanded forces at the Battle of Elkins' Ford. On April 25th, he attempted to command forces against a larger Union force at Marks' Mill, Arkansas, which resulted in a Confederate victory. Drake was severely wounded in this action. He would return to service shortly before the end of the war. He was brevetted the rank of brigadier general.
Lieutenant Colonel