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  Department of Iowa     Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Alan Kirshen, DJVC

P.O. Box 635

Red Oak, Iowa 51566

Welcome to the Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Special Order 2015-2

Reinstatement of the Voltaire P. Twombly Camp # 2

It is with great pleasure and significant relief that the IMMEDATE SUSPENSION imposed upon the Voltaire P. Twombly Camp #2 by DSO 2015-1, can be lifted because the Camp has presented evidence to prove that they have been filing their Federal Tax documents as required under a number other than the one that is showing on the Internal Revenue Service website as being revoked in 2010.


It remains to be explained how and why this Camp was given two separate and distinct Employer Identification Numbers by the IRS; but, after review of the documents submitted it is clear that they have remained in compliance with the tax codes and their status is as an active Camp of the Department of Iowa is herewith and hereby FULLY RESTORED.


Dated this 25th day of March, 2015, at Johnston, Iowa





David M. Lamb, DC

Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Special Order 2015-1

It is with profound sadness that I am brought to a position of issuing the following Department Special Order pertaining to the IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION of two of the Camps within this Department for failing to file their requisite Federal income tax forms that have resulted in the revocation by the Internal Revenue Service of their tax-exempt status.  These acts jeopardize both the Department of Iowa and the National Organization of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and have resulted in these Camps no longer being held in good standing by either entity.


Immediately upon publication of this Order, ALL activities of these Camps, both present and future shall cease, with the exception that they must pay any outstanding bills from their respective treasuries; and arrange for the transfers of members to other Camps if the members so desire.  


No further activities will be undertaken by the Camps until such time as they can provide evidence that they have instituted the proper appeal and/or reinstatement processes with the Internal Revenue Services regarding the revocation of their EIN numbers that precipitated the loss of tax-exempt status; and, have paid any requisite fees and fines related thereto.


Such evidence must be provided to the Department Commander within ten days of the publication date of this Order, or the Camp Commanders shall personally turn in their Camp Charters.


This Order applies to the following Camps of the Department of Iowa:



V.P. Twombly # 2, Iowa City          EIN 39-1897162            revoked on 15 May, 2010


Sergeant Norman F. Bates #64       EIN 27-3196895            revoked on 15 May, 2013



Dated this 11th day of March, 2016 at Johnston, Iowa




David M. Lamb, DC

Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


The Louisa County Historical Society will be presenting their recently found story about the Six mixed-heritage Littleton Bros. from Louisa who all died in the Civil War.


The event is being sponsored by the African American Museum in Cedar Rapids and held at the Marion, Iowa Library at 6:30 pm on Friday March 27th, 2015.  The public is invited to hear and see a most descriptive and historical power-point presentation.


This tragic loss of six Iowa brothers is the largest loss of life from any one immediate family known in the history of all U.S. Wars. It is truly a compelling story lost for over 100 years.


A Memorial monument is being designed and built by the LCHS in the Littleton  hometown of Toolesboro, along the  scenic Great River Road/Mississippi River Valley Byway. A to-scale  granite model of the monument and site plans  for the Memorial will be on display.


For more info go to: www.blackiowa.org or www.LittletonBros.com


Tom Woodruff, LCHS Member

   Chair of the Littleton Memorial Committee


Littleton Brothers’ Monument Project Unveils Website

Those interested in the on-going drive to construct a Memorial to the six Louisa County, Iowa, brothers who all lost their lives while in service to the nation during the American Civil War can now visit the website at:




to read about the progress of the effort, obtain further information about the Littleton family and make direct donations to the project.  This website is the handiwork of Mallory Smith and will chart the progress of the Louisa County Historical Society and all interested stakeholders in the progress being made to build this monument to commemorate the service and sacrifice of this remarkable family during the darkest days of our nation’s history.


The Honor Guard of “The Governor’s Own Forty-Ninth Iowa”, The Fourth Military District of the Sons of Veterans Reserve; and, the Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War whole-heartedly supports these effort on the part of the Littleton Brothers Monument Committee of the Louisa County Historical Society. We fervently urge you to visit this website and give consideration to doing likewise.




1/Lt. David M. Lamb


Co. “A” 49th Iowa V.V.I.

“The Governor’s Own”



National Patriotic Instructor Greg Carter, PCC will be coming as C-in-C Campbell's representative in lieu of PC-in-C Brad Schall.

Swearing on St. Nicholas’ Day Installations and Other Business of the Order

December 6th, 2014

Taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the invitation of the good Sisters of the Grenville M. Dodge Camp Auxiliary #8 to attend their annual Christmas Luncheon at Montana Mike’s Steakhouse in Des Moines, I not only enjoyed a delightful luncheon with

Friends, but also got to perform several duties of the office I currently hold.


“Killing several stones with the same bird”, as my Daddy used to say.


The brothers of my own Grenville Dodge Camp had asked that I perform the swearing in

of our new Camp Commander for 2015, Brother Jeffrey Rasmussen; and, express their heart-felt thanks to our out-going CC, Brother Louie Zenti. Unfortunately, other responsibilities prevented Brother Zenti from attending this year, so our kudos will have to wait until another opportunity avails itself. 


Prior to the installation of Commander-elect Rasmussen, another opportunity presented itself in the form of Dodge Camp Brother Don Corrigan’s attendance at the luncheon.  It turns out that Brother Don (who came to the SUVCW by way of his involvement in the Sons of the American Revolution and the duality of roles often played by Brother Mike Rowley) had never formally been sworn in to our Order.  No time like the present to rectify that.  So, ably assisted by the new Dodge Camp Chaplain-elect, Brother Danny Krock, we performed the ritual and received the renewed vows of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty from Brother Don, before proceeding to install Camp Commander Rasmussen.

While in the swing of things, I also performed the installation of Sister Jay Kline and all of her staff officers for the Dodge Camp Ladies Auxiliary.

Never one to pass up the opportunity to have a captive audience, I then proceeded to bring those present up to date on some recent developments that we are working in the areas of historic preservation, and we discussed the recent “difficulties” that the Department has encountered viz some of our reporting requirements to the National Order.  I re-assured all present that the ship has now been righted, and a new course laid in by our new Department Secretary that should keep us on the straight and narrow so long as everyone pays heed to the reporting requirements and deadlines that we need to live by in order to keep ourselves honest and in pursuit of the excellence that should be our continuing goal as we honor our “Boys in Blue”.


In the spirit of this blessed Holiday Season, all present enjoyed good food, good fellowship, and good friends brought together by our common causes; and, we remembered those no longer here, and those facing serious health issues of their own.  Thus may it ever be.


David M. Lamb, DC

Department of Iowa

Department Special Order # 6

The Department is in Mourning


Having just received word of the passing of Brother David Boeck of the Col. W. H. Kinsman Camp #23, and Company “B”, 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry/SVR, on December 3rd, 2014, it is hereby directed that all Camp Charters and Membership Badges of the Order within the Department of Iowa shall be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days from today’s date in memory of his life, and service to this Order.


On behalf of the brothers and sisters of the Department of Iowa, our most sincere condolence are extended to the Boeck family on their loss.


Dated this 5th day of December in the Year of Our Lord, Two-thousand and Fourteen, at Johnston, Iowa





David M. Lamb

Department Commander

Department of Iowa/SUVCW

Suspension Lifted

The Davis County Raid

On October 12, 1864, Confederate Lieutenant James “Bill” Jackson along with twelve Missouri Partisan Raiders dressed in Union uniforms and riding splendid horses entered Van Buren County and proceeded to Davis County, Iowa.  These Guerillas embarked on a 30 mile long wave of robbery, kidnapping and the murder of three men.  Killed that day, were:



Thomas Hardy


Eleazer Small, 3rd Iowa Cavalry

had been discharged on September 13, 1864


Philip Bence, 30th Iowa Infantry

wounded at Atlanta on July 28, 1864, and was home on furlough



The following is taken from the “History of Davis County”

published in 1882:


“The expedition under Col. Weaver struck the trail at Hardy's, and followed it with rapidity and unerring precision until they arrived at the place where Captain Bence was killed. It was now 12 o'clock at night; they were in Missouri five hours behind the raiders, to whom every bridle path was familiar. It was impossible to track them.


Procuring a conveyance for the body of Captain Bence, they reluctantly retraced their steps homeward. The scene at the residence of Captain Bence, when his lifeless form was laid down at the feet of his wife and children, cannot be described. The bruised and mangled heart of his poor wife, who had so often leaned her head trustingly, like a weary dove, upon his manly bosom, sank beneath the shock, and she swooned away. The piteous wail of his little children, as they clung to that lifeless form, and called it "father," moved the stoutest hearts to pity, and bathed the seared and bronzed cheek of the veteran soldiers in tears.


God is just, and sooner or later the incarnate fiends, whose crimes of pillage and murder have spread the pall of universal mourning and woe over our people, will meet their just deserts.”



On October 12, 2014, members of the 37th Iowa remembered Thomas Hardy, Eleazer Small and Philip Bence by holding grave side services at each of their graves, may they never be forgotten.


A detailed account of the Raid can be found at:



Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

by Danny Krock, Corporal, 37th Iowa SVR

Two Provost Marshalls

On Saturday, October 1, 1864, Provost Marshalls John L. Bashore of Centerville and Josiah M. Woodruff of Knoxville were killed in the line of duty while searching for three draftees that had been declared deserters.  Shortly after 1:00 pm, Bashore and Woodruff were gunned down in cold blood south of Grinnell by friends of these deserters.  The names of the assassins will not be mentioned here.


On Saturday, October 4, 2014, members of the 37th Iowa performed Remembrance Ceremonies at the graves of John Bashore and Josiah Woodruff.  (John Bashore was taken to the home of James A. Craver, where he died four to five hours later.)  A descendant nephew of J. A. Craver was present at the Centerville Ceremony.  Officer Lance Eysinck of the Knoxville Police Department placed the third wreath at the ceremony for Josiah Woodruff.  Both men are listed on the “Officer Down Memorial Webpage”.  The following two “life stories” were read at each ceremony:


John L. Bashore

John L. Bashore was born March 16, 1834, in North York, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry and Susan Bashore.  He moved to Centerville, Iowa, where in 1860, he became a partner in a general merchantile firm with Jacob Rummel by the name of

Rummel and Bashore.


            John was the third person from Centerville to enlist, doing so on May 16, 1861, at the age of 27, and was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in Company D, 6th Iowa Infantry on July 16, 1861. He was promoted to Captain on December 11, 1862. John resigned on March 5, 1864.

            On Saturday, October 1, 1864, the Provost Marshal of the 4th District of Iowa sent two Deputy Provost Marshalls, Captain John L. Bashore of Centerville, and Agent Josiah M. Woodruff of Knoxville, Iowa, to Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa for the purpose of arresting three deserters. In the process Bashore and Woodruff were shot and killed by a band of Copperheads.

            At approximately 1 o’clock in the afternoon Captain Bashore came upon relatives of one of the deserters. The behavior of the men showed clearly to the officers that they were about to have trouble. Bashore sprang out of the buggy with his revolver in his hand and began remonstrating with the three men, saying they had no quarrel with them, but were in search of other citizens of the township. Woodruff remained in the buggy. After a short parley Bashore turned to join his fellow officer when one of the men leveled a double-barreled shotgun at the officer and shot him in the back. Woodruff was shot with the other barrel in the chest. A second shot struck him in the face, breaking-his lower jaw. His team took fright and ran away, throwing him on his face. While in this position he was shot through the head and instantly killed. Despite his wounds, Marshal Bashore was able to return fire and wounded one of the men in the thigh to the point that he was unable to get away, but had strength enough to approach Bashore and break his gun over the fatally wounded marshal.  Marshal Bashore succumbed to his wounds several hours later after reporting what had transpired. John left a wife and two children.  The wounded man was convicted of both murders in 1867, and subsequently sentenced to death; however, he later received clemency from President Andrew Johnson, after his wife had gone to Washington and pleaded for his life.

            The following telegram was sent to Major General Pope:

Major General JOHN POPE,

Commanding Department of the Northwest, Milwaukee, Wis.:

GENERAL: Captain James Matthews, provost-marshal Fourth District of Iowa, reports to me that two of his officers while on duty in Poweshiek County, Iowa, were murdered by a gang of outlaws on Saturday, the 1st instant. The names of the murdered officers are John L. Bashore, an assistant provost-marshal, and Josiah M. Woodruff, special agent. These officers had been detailed to arrest certain deserters from the draft in that county, and were waylaid and shot without any pretense or provocation except the lawful discharge of their duty. The outlaws engaged in the affair about twelve in number, seven of whom have been arrested and lodged in jail at Oskaloosa. I have laid these facts before the Secretary of War, and he instructed me to furnish you with the information for your action, should the same be necessary.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


             The John L. Bashore Post #122, of the Grand Army of the Republic, here in Centerville, was named in his honor.”



Josiah M. Woodruff

Josiah M. Woodruff was born March 1, 1843, in Marion County, Ohio, the son of Stephen and Isabelle Woodruff.  He was the eldest of their five children.

Josiah enlisted as a Private in Company B, 3rd Iowa Infantry on May 21, 1861, at the age of 18.  He was wounded seriously in the left thigh on September 17, 1861, at Blue Mills Landing in Missouri and discharged due to his wounds on February 11 1862, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


On the 30th of September, James Mathews, the Provost Marshal of the 4th District of Iowa, sent two officers—Captain John L. Bashore and Josiah M. Woodruff—into that vicinity (Sugar Creek Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa) to arrest deserters from the draft.  Near 1 p.m. on October 1st, Woodruff and Bashore had nearly reached the residence of one of the deserters, fourteen miles south of Grinnell, when they were fired upon by a number of armed men. Woodruff had remained in the buggy and was instantly killed, his body was dragged into the bushes twenty yards from the road, where it was found riddled with bullets. Josiah was murdered where the Hickory Grove schoolhouse once stood.  Captain Bashore was lying in the road mortally wounded; he was shot in the head and through the body, then beaten over the head with the butt end of a rifle, which lay broken beside him.


.The following is taken from the History of Poweshiek County: Some time ago a motion was made by some of the heirs of one of the murderers that, as an absence of seven years raised the legal presumption of his death, an administrator be appointed to dispose of his property; he having left behind him a quantity of land in this county. J. G. Hambleton was accordingly appointed, and there was published the usual administrator's notice, calling upon all who had claims against the estate to present them in the usual time. In the meantime Stephen W. Woodruff, the father of Josiah Woodruff, one of the marshals, had the court appoint John Hall, of Montezuma, administrator of the estate of Josiah Woodruff, deceased, and Mr. Hall, as administrator aforesaid, recently filed the following claim: "The estate of the murderer, deceased, to the estate of Josiah Woodruff, deceased, debtor: To damages for the wrongful, unlawful and malicious killing of Josiah Woodruff by the murderer, in 1864, in the sum of ten thousand dollars. Unless the claim is paid, which is very doubtful, or compromised, the matter will come up before the courts, and the people of the county will have an opportunity to hear the whole affair again thoroughly canvassed.


Josiah M. Woodruff’s body was brought back here to Knoxville and buried in Graceland.  His parents moved on to Kansas, one brother Melvin “Mel” remained and is also buried here, along with an aunt, uncle and many cousins. Josiah was 21

years and 7 months.


Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty:

by Danny Krock

Corporal, 37th Iowa, SVR

Fall Monument Tour

Sept. 27th, 10 members of Co. B 1oth Iowa and Co. A, 49th Iowa SVR and 6 ASUVCW members assisted in re-dedicating Civil War monuments in Bedford (Taylor County), Mt. Ayr (Ringgold County), and Creston (Union County). The ceremonies were well attended by the public on a perfect fall day.


The day started out well with our 10 AM ceremony on the Taylor County Courthouse lawn at Bedford.  Capt. Mike Carr presided as Commanding Officer, with Corp. Jim Braden of the 49th acting as Master of Ceremonies.  The colors were posted by Bedford’s American Legion post.  Corp. Dan Rittel acted as Officer of the Day and 1st Sgt. Dennis Sasse, the Dept. chaplain, acted in that capacity.  Others from the 10th Iowa present were Privates Charles & David Boeck, Alan Kirshen, Roy Linn, Bill McAlpine, and John Weeber.  Pvt. Linn laid the Symbols of the Soldier.


ASUVCW members present were Sharon Braden, Bev Carr, Jeanie Kirshen, Linda Linn, Denise Sasse, and Jennifer Sharp.


The wreath was laid by the great-great granddaughter of the man who originally dedicated the monument.


We then travelled to Ringgold County. At 1:30, our troops repeated the performance at the Mt. Ayr Courthouse.  The rifle squad was made up of members from three local American Legion posts.  We switched roles a bit, with Corporals Braden and Rittel switching positions and Pvt. Charles Boeck laying the Symbols of the Soldier.  Linda Linn laid the wreath.


We were gifted with a thumb-drive containing the location of all Civil War veterans’ graves in the county.


Our last stop was atop a beautiful hill in McKinley Park, located in Union County’s county seat of Creston.  Mayor Warren Woods and Board of Supervisors Chair Ronald Riley both attended and spoke a few words.


The local VFW post provided the color guard and bugler.  Pvt. John Weeber laid the Symbols of the Soldier, with Linda Linn laid the wreath.


The ceremonies were well-received and the local residents seemed to appreciate our efforts very much.



Submitted by Capt. Michael Carr, PDC

C.O. Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR

Chair, Dept. Sesquicentennial Committee

The Centralia Massacre September 27, 1864

Eight Iowans among the twenty-two Federal Soldiers removed from the westbound train, from St. Louis, and murdered by guerrillas.  “Every man was robbed, no papers or other articles were found on the soldiers by which they could be identified.  Not much effort was made, however, at identification, the bodies, in most instances, being allowed to lie where they had fallen until the next morning.”

Eleven members of the 1st Missouri Engineers were headed home; most on furlough, some had served their enlistment, following the surrender of Atlanta.  Seven members of the 2nd Iowa Cavalry were returning to their unit, which had seen action on September 22nd in Central Missouri.  One Iowan from the 23rd Iowa Infantry was on 60 days leave from New Orleans.  One member of the 17th Illinois, was also headed back to his unit.  Two others are still unknown.  One unknown soldier made an escape and Sergeant Thomas M. Goodman of the 1st Missouri Engineers was taken prisoner.  Also killed that day was one German Immigrant wearing a faded blue coat.

At Noon, on September 26, 2014, 1st Sergeant Thompson, Color Sergeant Deal and Corporal Krock of the 37th Iowa SVR held a Remembrance Ceremony for these men at the Train Station location in Centralia, Missouri.  A candle was lit, a wreath was placed and twenty-three roses were laid to remember these men.  A sack coat was folded upon which personal items were place and then strewn with a rose pedal from each of the twenty-three roses.

Following are the names of those who there lost their lives, 150 years ago:


Joseph H. Arnold, Veteran, Co. E, 1st Iowa Cavalry, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. “Age 27.”

William R. Barnum, Co. F, 23rd Iowa Infantry, Page County, Iowa. “Age 36.  He was married to Rebecca and had a daughter named Sarah. William had been in the infantry for 9 months.” He was on a 60 day leave from New Orleans.

Charles G. Carpenter, Veteran, Co. K, 1st Iowa Cavalry, Waukon, Iowa. “Age 27” His father             received his pension.

Josiah Conner, Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers, Nodaway County, Missouri. “He was 24 and was always on duty”.

George W. Dilley, Veteran, Co. B, 1st Iowa Cavalry, Davenport, Iowa. “Age 21”

Owen P. Gore, Veteran, Co. A, 1st Iowa Cavalry, Lee County, Iowa. “Age 27”

John G. Harvey, Private, Co. E, 17th Illinois Cavalry, Jackson, Michigan “He was 21, born in England.  John was 5” 8” tall, with blue eyes and dark hair, and had served 9 months.” He      was headed back to his unit in northern Missouri.

Charles T. Hiltibidal, Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers , Nodaway County, Missouri. “He was 35 years of age, 5’ 11” with brown eyes and dark hair.  Charles had become ill at Chattanooga and was on his way home on furlough due to his illness. He was married to           Elizabeth. They had a six year old son, Felix and a four year old son, Jacob.”

James F. Holly, Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers , Atchison County, Missouri. “He was 31, stood             6’ 2” tall with gray eyes and dark hair.” On 30 day furlough from Atlanta.

Charles Edgar Madera, Veteran, Co. C, 1st Iowa Cavalry, Burlington, Iowa. “Age 22.  He was the seventh of ten children.  Charles’ father died when he was nine years old.”

James C. Mobley, Corporal, 1st Missouri Engineers, Page County, Iowa. “He was 30 years old, blue eyes, light hair, 5’ 8” tall. He was married to Cyrena and a father of four.” On 30 day furlough from Atlanta.

Edward M. Pace, Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers, Taylor County, Iowa “He was taken Prisoner at Lexington, Missouri on September 20, 1861.  Edward was held/paroled at Benton Barracks until August 30, 1862, and made a habit of ‘deserting’ while on parole. He had served his enlistment and was returning home to his wife and child.

Valentine T. Peters, Sergeant, 1st Missouri Engineers, Holt County, Missouri. “He had been a Prisoner and Paroled at Benton Barracks, July and August 1862.  He was 39 years old, 5’ 9” tall, gray eyes, brown hair and born in Germany. He had been discharged on September 14, 1864.

James Robinson, Private, Nodaway County, Missouri.

Casswell Rose, Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers, Page County, Iowa. “His widow was denied a pension, time after time.”

John Russell, Veteran, Co. C, 1st Iowa Cavalry, Fairfield, Iowa. “Age 35” He was married to Mary Jo.

James W. Thomas, Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers, Buchanan County, Missouri.  “He left a wife and three small children at home wondering what had happened to him. His wife remarried.  His brothers and sisters, and mother never knew what happened to him, his children knew little of him. They lived in Buchanan and Harrison counties, Iowa.”

Martin F. Trail, Private, 1st Missouri Engineers, Moniteau County, Missouri. “He was 30 years old, 6’ 2” with blue eyes.  He was coming home to see his sick wife and four daughters. His wife died weeks after Martin Trail was killed, his two oldest daughters were sent to live friends, the two youngest were raised by aunts in the White Church, Kansas Area.  Martin was 70 miles from home.”

Oscar G. Williams, Veteran, Co. B, Van Buren County, Iowa. “Age 22”

Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

Also murdered on that day was the German immigrant from St. Louis, described as wearing either a blue coat or a faded blue uniform. He was taken from the other passengers, made to cross the tracks, and join in line with the Twenty-two soldiers.




            Unknown Soldier, chased by guerillas on horseback, ran into an outbuilding. When the guerilla dismounted and entered the front door of the          shed, the soldier ran out the back door, raced to the front of the building, mounted the guerilla’s horse and escaped.

            Thomas M. Goodman, Sergeant, Age 33, Co. G, 1st Missouri Engineers.  He was held hostage by Anderson for ten days before escaping. He wrote the book “Thrilling Experience” about his capture.


The Ceremony concluded with the playing of “Home, Sweet Home”… returning Home was referenced may times in the book written by Sergeant Goodman.


Newspaper accounts of the massacre and excerpts from the book written by Sergeant Goodman are contained in the attached .pdf


Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

Danny E. Krock, DSVC

The Centralia Massacre.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [302.2 KB]

.PDF Document Compiled & Edited by DSVC Krock

POW/MIA Recognition Day

Iowa Brother Named “Silver Sentinel” by Abraham Lincoln Endowment Of the SUVCW Charitable Foundation

September 2nd, 2014


Word has been received from James H. Houston, Sec/Treas., of the SUVCW Charitable Trust informing us that Brother Thomas J. Gaard, Grenville M. Dodge Camp # 75, Des Moines, has been awarded the “Silver Sentinel” level for his on-going charitable contributions to the fund, which seeks to establish by contribution, investment, and sales of SUVCW related merchandise, a significantly sized permanent fund from which awards can be made in support of education activities and restoration projects of the Order.


Brother Gaard’s devotion to this order and it’s principles of keeping green the memories of our Union Army ancestors is an inspiration to all who know this fine gentleman.  He is to be congratulated on the attainment of this most prestigious honor.


In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,


David M. Lamb

Department Commander

Department of Iowa

Iowa Brother Receives National Meritorious Service Award

At the recent National Encampment of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department Senior Vice-Commander Danny E. Krock was presented with the National Meritorious Service Award by Department Commander Lamb, on behalf Commander-in-Chief Ken L. Freshly and the entire body of the Order.


Brother Krock’ outstanding efforts over several years in support of the Department of Iowa’s Sesquicentennial Committee and its related activities; as well as his work in designing and gaining approval of the Iowa Legislature and Department of Transportation for the creation of an Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial License Plate formed the basis of the award. The actual presentation of the award certificate was made in-front-of Brother Krocks own Grenville M. Dodge Camp #75 in Des Moines on August 27th, 2014.


DSVC Krock is congratulated on his receiving of this Order’s highest award in recognition of efforts “above and beyond”.



David M. Lamb

Department Commander

Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Jefferson Barracks

June 12, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, members of the 37th Iowa SVR had the honor of providing the Color Guard for Seventeen Veterans of the United States Military at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri.  Their cremains had gone unclaimed and forgotten for the past half century and more.  The 37th was unable to attend the services of June 11 that were held for twelve other such Veterans. In all, twenty-nine had been identified by members of the Missing In America Project at Valhalla Cemetery and Funeral Home in St. Louis.  The escort to Jefferson Barracks was provided by the Patriot Riders; rifle salute provided by various members of the 4th Military District.


Each of the Veteran’s cremains was escorted by members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.  1st Sgt. David Thompson had the honor of carrying the Service Flag for Private Francis F. Tuttle, Veteran of Company B, 44th Illinois Infantry.  Other members of the 37th present were: Commander Kenneth Lindblom, Corporal Danny Krock and

Private Ronald Deal.

Those Veterans who are finally at rest are:


Elmer Franklin Acree, Private, US Army, WWI

Allen James Anderson, 4th Tech, US Army, WWII

Harold Mills Cahill, Corporal, USMC, WWI

Charles Henry Curtis, Private, US Army, WWI

George L. Ehrensberger, Private, US Army, WWI

Matthew Norman Gard, Musician, US Army, WWI

Herman Rudolph Kayser, Sergeant, US Army, WWI

Lawrence E. Keil, Private, US Army, WWII

Heinze Krause, 5th Tech, US Army, WWII

Arthur E. Lattner, PFC, US Army, WWI

Probst Lusk, Petty Officer 2nd, US Navy, WWI

Norman Lee Nulsen, 2nd Lieutenant, US Army, WWI

Lenos L. Rice, Private, US Army, WWI

George L. Tapp, Petty Officer 3rd, US Navy, WWII

Wilcox George Thorne, Captain, USMC, WWI

Francis M. Tuttle, Private, Co. “B”, 44th Illinois, Civil War

Augustus Granville Whitcomb, Private, Co. “E”, 6th Massachusetts, Civil War


submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

by Danny Krock


photos by Cher Petrovic

John C. Hayes


U.S.S. Kearsarge

On Memorial Day 2014, John C. Hayes was remembered during the annual ceremony held at the Blairstown Legion Hall.  June 19th is the 150th Anniversary of the USS Kearsarge sinking the CSS Alabama, for which John Hayes was awarded the Medal of Honor.  Department Junior Vice Commander David Thompson spoke of the action between the Kearsarge and Alabama and Department Senior Vice Commander Danny Krock spoke of Mr. Hayes.  Four members of the Sea Cadets from Marshalltown read the Medal of Honor Citation, Letter from Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds and a Proclamation from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus….


John C. Hayes was born July 20, 1832, in the fishing community of Brigus, Newfoundland, Canada.  His mother died when he was five years old, leaving his father with three young sons and one daughter.

John’s youth was full of adventure.  He often spoke of his love of the sea.  As a boy he became a cooper, serving full-time as an apprentice making casks, barrels, buckets and tubs to transport goods from Brigus to sea ports around the world.  Though he enjoyed his new found trade, the call of the sea was within him and when the opportunity came, John joined the crew of an English fore-and-aft rigged commercial vessel. He remained a member of her crew until 1856, when on his final voyage from London to New York, he decided to embark upon a new life.  It was there that John became a U.S. citizen.


He departed New York for Philadelphia and joined the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Saranac.  The Saranac had returned to Philadelphia in June of 1856, for an overhaul at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The Saranac was a 2100-ton side-wheel steamer, built by the Portsmouth Navy Yard, in Kittery, Maine and launched in November 1848. In September 1857, John Hayes and the Saranac voyaged around Cape Horn, South America to the U.S. Pacific Coast.  The Saranac remained on duty in the Pacific until she sank off the coast of British Columbia in 1875.  John served his enlistment and entered merchant shipping again, engaged this time in commerce up and down the Atlantic Coast.


In November 1861, John again enlisted in the Navy, and was assigned to the USS Ohio, in the Charleston Harbor, a three-masted, square-rigged, Ship-of-the-Line, boasting 104 guns. The Ohio sailed immediately to Boston. There in Boston Harbor, Mr. Hayes saw the USS Kearsarge, the most beautiful ship he had ever seen. The Kearsarge, was a 1550-ton Mohican Class, steam, sloop-of-war, also built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, in Kittery, Maine, under the 1861 Civil War emergency shipbuilding act.  The Navy was in the process of selecting a hand-picked crew for the Kearsarge and on December 31, 1861, John became a member of that crew.  She was commissioned in January 1862 and almost immediately deployed to European waters, in search of the Confederate Alabama. The men aboard the Kearsarge knew of the Alabama’s record and her crew’s determination.  Many aboard the Kearsarge felt or thought that his “chance of seeing his loved ones again were the slightest in the world”.  They chased the Alabama for two and a half years and nearly world-wide.

On June 19, 1864, the Kearsarge met the Alabama outside the three mile limit off the coast of Cherbourg, France.  Coxswain John C. Hayes was acting second captain of the Number 2 gun that day.  Gun Number 2, a 32-pounder, was instrumental in the sinking of the Alabama.  Hayes was recognized in many reports shortly after the battle and was soon recommended for the Medal of Honor by his superiors and endorsed by Secretary of the

Navy Gideon Welles.


Anxious to continue his service to his country, upon his honorable discharge, John immediately reenlisted, and was reassigned to the Ohio once again.  In 1865, he was transferred to the USS Wachusetts, an Iroquois Class, barque-rigged, 1,000 ton, sloop-of-war.  She was assigned to the Asiatic Squadron and left immediately.  In July 1866, while in port at Hong Kong, John was transferred to the USS Hartford, a 2,900 ton, sloop-of-war steamer, which shortly embarked on an around-the-world tour.  The crew of the Hartford was paid off and discharged in August 1868.  As a note, the Hartford remained in service until she was decommissioned in1926.  She sank on November 20, 1956, while awaiting restoration at Norfolk, Virginia, and was most likely the last surviving warship from the Civil War.


Following his discharge, John moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he became engaged in commercial sailing on Lake Michigan. He married Cecilia Johnson in Milwaukee, on September 13, 1869.  She had been born in 1836, in Norway.  The Great Lakes provided little income and lacked the excitement John had become accustomed to.  By July 1870, John and Celia, were in Eagle, Wisconsin, where they were engaged in farming.

The Hayes’ became the parents of three children; John Henry, Louise Amelia and Simon. Mrs. Hayes died August 10, 1878, at the age of 41, at Eagle, Wisconsin.  Being left with three small children, John married Mary Nelson, the next year, in 1879.  She had been born in Norway and arrived in America, in 1866.  She was 41 when they were married.

In 1900, John and Mary were living at Muscoda, Wisconsin.  By 1905, they had moved into Marston Hall, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Farmington.  Both in failing health, they removed to Blairstown, to live with John’s daughter Louise, and her family.  Mary Hayes died June 4, 1907, at the age of 69.  John died four years later on January 28, 1911, he was 78.  He had been preceded in death by his son Simon.


The people of Blairstown had quickly become attached to their naval hero, who was always willing to share his accounts of naval battles and world travel.  He was especially endeared by the youth of the community, who would spend untold hours listening to his stories.  He was a very religious man and intensely patriotic and of a cheerful disposition.  A man of broad learning and varied experience and it was a treat to enter into conversation with him.  He had grown weaker for several months and the end came peacefully.  John Hayes was the last surviving member of the Kearsarge’s crew from that historic day in June 1864.

On Monday, January 30, 1911, Mr. Hayes was laid to rest next to his wife of 28 years, in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, south of town.  The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church and officiated by the Rev. L. H. Bufkin and attended by a large concourse of mourners from the community, who had all come to bid farewell to one who had become so dear.  Special ceremonies were conducted by the local veterans of the Civil War.  The school had dismissed, and all the children present to say good-bye to their friend and hero, John C. Hayes.


About the year 1904, John Hayes stumbled upon a 40 year old Navy General Order, dated 1864, recommending and approving John C. Hayes for the Medal of Honor.  He immediately wrote a letter to the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C. stating he was the only “John Hayes who served on the Kearsarge in the famous battle with the Alabama, and that it must be he who is entitled to the medal.  Along with this letter he included his enlistment and discharge papers, and that his claim was just.”  Within the archives, the Bureau of Navigation was found the tarnished, frayed and moth eaten Medal.  It was forwarded to John along with a bounty of $100.






The President of the United States of America,

in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor to Coxswain John Hayes, United States Navy,

for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the

U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off

Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864.

Acting as Second Captain of the No. 2 gun during the bitter engagement, Coxswain Hayes exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the division officer.


General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 45


December 31, 1864



Danny Krock

Decoration Day Ceremony

May 30, 2014

Upper Bay Church Cemetery

Delhi, Iowa

The annual Decoration Day ceremony was held at the Upper Bay Church Cemetery in rural Delaware County on Friday, May 30th.  The ceremony is held to honor all veterans but specifically the 14 men from the area who served and died during the Civil War.  These names are inscribed on a monument placed at the head of the cemetery.  It is the first such monument in the state of Iowa being dedicated in August, 1865.  The ceremony was sponsored by the Upper Bay Cemetery Board with help from the American Legion Post 45 of Manchester and Robert Mitchell Camp #206 of Marion.


This year, a new headstone was dedicated for Pvt. Alexander F. Smith who served in A Co., 3rd Regt. Iowa Volunteer Infantry.  Pvt. Smith left his farm & family near Delhi and volunteered in May 1861 for service and served until his death during fighting around Atlanta, GA on 21 July 1864.  He is thought to be buried in Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, GA in an “Unknown” grave.  The stone was furnished by Pvt. Smith's Gr., Gr. Grandson, James Smith of Simpsonville, KY.  Jim is a member of Robert Mitchell Camp #206, Marion.


The highlight of this year's service was the unveiling of Pvt. Smith's stone and Sons from several camps participated.  During this portion of the ceremony, the gathering heard the Symbols of the Soldier, witnessed the uncovering of the stone, heard Pvt. Smith's biography and, witnessed the placing of flowers on the grave by his widow.

Other parts of the ceremony included the reading of Gen. Logan's Order No. 11 establishing Decoration Day, the reading of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a  reading of the names listed on the monument, rifle and cannon salute volleys and, taps.


Sons from various Iowa and WI camps participated in the ceremony.  The guard for the site was Cpl. Court Stahr.  The cannon crew was Sgt. David Thompson, Cpl. Mike Parks, Pvt. Karl Geesaman and, Pvt. Danny Krock.  Pvt. Smith's widow was Tammy Krock.  As part of the honor guard/color guard were Sons Cpl. David Haverkamp and Pvt. Quinn Haverkamp.  Others were from the 24th Iowa Vol. Regt. from Cedar Rapids.  Pvt. Smith's biography was read by Son Dennis Geesaman.  Also participating in the ceremony were members of the American Legion Post 45 from Manchester.


Other members of Robert Mitchell Camp attending were James Johnston and Dick Camp.


After the ceremony, refreshments were given in the old Bay Church which is being restored to its 1873 appearance.


Submitted by

Dennis Geesaman

Blairstown, Iowa

Memorial Day 2014

On Monday, June 26th, members of the Bates, Dodge, Mitchell, Twombly and Power-Dunlavy Camps held the “Rededication of Memorial Service” at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, south of Blairstown.  The Sea Cadets from Marshalltown provided the Color Guard, salute provided by the 3rd Iowa Artillery and “Taps” played by the Blairstown American Legion.


            Forty three Civil War Veterans are buried at Pleasant Hill.  Their names were read by Alexander Vaquez, 8th Grade History teacher at the Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools, acting Officer of the Day.


             The GAR Monument was originally dedicated in 1907.  It was purchased in part by money raised by the local Jacob Nauman GAR Post #341, in Blairstown.  It was first placed at the north entrance of the cemetery, was moved into town, and them brought back to the north side of the cemetery in 1930.


            Those Civil War Soldiers and Veterans interred Pleasant Hill are as follows:


Private Hezakiah Applegate, Co. K, 32nd Iowa Infantry

Private Oliver Asch, Co. H, 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Private William Bishop, Co. F, 54th Illinois Infantry

Captain Lucius Bowers, Co. I, 46th Ohio Infantry

Private James Brian, Co. C, 47th Iowa Infantry

Corporal Joseph Bruce, Co. A, 28th Iowa Infantry

Private William Brunch, Co. I, 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry, wounded July 1, 1863 at Barlow Knoll,             Battle of Gettysburg.

Corporal Henry Burns, Co. C, 11th Ohio Infantry

Carpenters Mate Thomas Clark, USS Carondelet

Private William Crandall, Co. B, 31st Iowa Infantry

Private Daniel Drake, Co. I, 35th Iowa Infantry

Musician Robert Ferman, Co. D, 112th Illinois Infantry

Private Henry Geisking, Co. L, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Private George Goss Sr., Co. E, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Private William Hallady, Co. C, 47th Iowa Infantry

Sergeant James Halstead, Co. C, 3rd Maryland Infantry

Private Samuel Halstead, Co. C, 3rd Maryland Infantry

Private George Hartz, Co. F, 111th Ohio Infantry

Musician Asa Hayden, Co. D, 112th Illinois Infantry

Musician Christopher Hayden, Co. G, 132nd Illinois Infantry

Coxswain John Hayes, USS Kearsarge

Private Edgar Howard, Co. E, 50th New York Engineers

Private James Hutton, Co. E, 1st Nebraska Cavalry

Private Henry Leonard, Co. F, 26th Illinois Infantry, wounded September 1862, at Corinth, Mississippi,

Private Patrick Lynch, Co. E, 37th Wisconsin Infantry

Corporal Melauchton McElroy, Co. I, 40th Iowa Infantry

Private Charles Merriman, Co. K, 112th Illinois Infantry

Corporal Hiram Miner, Co. K, 14th Iowa Infantry, wounded April 30, 1864, at Jenkin’s Ferry, Arkansas

Musician George Moorey, Co. D, 5th Iowa Infantry

Corporal Jacob Nauman, Co. G, 120th Ohio Infantry

Private Henry Peet, Co. G, 47th Iowa Infantry, died of disease in December 1863, at Blairstown.

Private Charles Reisser, Co. G, 9th New York Infantry

Private Levi Sanderson, Co. I, 22nd New Jersey Infantry

Private Levi Shoenenberger, Co. D, 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry, wounded, July 2, 1863, at the Fish-Hook, Battle of Gettysburg

Private Isaac Smith, Co. D, 28th Iowa Infantry, died of disease April 18, 1865, at Blairstown

Corporal Ephram Stonecifer, Co. I, 3rd Ohio Infantry

Corporal Jacob Wagner, Co. H, 2nd Iowa Cavalry

Private Henry Watkinson, Co. A, 193rd Ohio Infantry

Private Frederick Weil, Co. F, 16th Iowa Infantry

Private Samuel Whiting, Co. I, 20th Iowa Infantry, died October 12, 1863, of disease at Davenport

Private Perry Wood, Co. K, 40th Iowa Infantry

Private William Wood, Co. K, 40th Iowa Infantry

Corporal David Yocum, Co. D, 97th Ohio Infantry


Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

Danny Krock, Department Senior Vice Commander

Sesquicentennial Commemorations

Carried Out

The 2014 Spring Civil War Monument Commemoration Tour was completed over the weekend of May 3-4 by members of Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR & Co. A, 37th Iowa, SVR.


The Department of Iowa’s Sesquicentennial Committee initially divided the Department into six regions with the goal being set that the Camps in those areas, assisted by the SVR members in those areas, would visit each county and hold some sort of event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.


Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR, located in Region 1, which encompasses virtually the western third of Iowa, has been quite active in this endeavor had already completed 12 of the 30 counties assigned to it.  This past weekend, 9 members of the unit, joined by DSVC Danny Krock, representing the 37th Iowa, SVR, performed ceremonies in Cherokee, Clay, Plymouth, Osceola, Sac & Sioux counties.


There was much interest sparked in the SUVCW by our presence and there is a possibility that a Camp may be started in the Le Mars/Hawarden area in the future.


All ceremonies were well-attended by the public, with several American Legion and VFW posts assisting.  DSVC Krock’s speech, which set forth the objects and purposes of the GAR and SUVCW, was the highlight of each ceremony.


We were also honored to have Dept. Monuments Officer Tom Gaard, the Vice Chair of the Department’s Sesquicentennial Committee, present.  In closing, I would like to thank the members of Auxiliary and the other wives that accompanied us.  They were a big help.


Fraternally submitted,


Captain Michael Carr, PDC

CO Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR

Chair Dept. of Iowa Sesquicentennial Committee


Well Done Dr. Weber!

28 April 2014




On Monday evening Current Department and Camp Officers and from across the state journeyed to the Community Center in North Liberty, Iowa, to participate in the formal awarding of a deeply deserved and long over-due honor for Dr. Les Weber, our long-time Department Treasurer.

Due to Dr. Weber’s long years of dedicated service to the Order by holding several positions within his own V. P. Twombley Camp # 2; and having held the position of Department Treasurer for more than the requisite ten years, it was unanimously voted by the assembled delegates to the 130th Department Encampment, held in Ottumwa in March of 2013, that Dr. Weber should be awarded the status of “Past Department Commander” as allowed by the Constitution and By-Laws of our Order.

On Monday night I was honored to officiate at the formal awarding of his Badges of Office, making it so.

Joining in the ceremonies were Camp Commander David Sample from the Powers-Dunlevy Camp #3 in Bloomfield; PDC Court Stahr and PDC Ronald Rittel of the Dodge Camp # 75 in Des Moines; and Immediate PDC Richard Grim, also from Powers-Dunlevy.  PDC Grim performed the actual presentation to Dr. Weber’s medal while the visiting Officers and brethren of his camp looked on. 

I know that all of Dr. Weber’s brethren of the Department of Iowa join me in congratulating Dr. Les on this honorarium, and thank him for his long service in a job exceedingly well done!


In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,

David M. Lamb, DC

Department of Iowa/SUVCW




The  reading  room of  the  library is  located  upstairs  in  the  State  Historical  Building  at  600  East  Locust. 


There is a free parking ramp located across Grand Avenue from the North-East corner of the building.

Do not use a parking meter as you will be spending too much time checking the clock and running to and

fro to enjoy the day.


Saturdays are usually crowded, making it hard to find a vacant microfilm reader and there will be lines at

the printer  machines.    If  the  following Monday  is  a holiday  they  will  be  closed  that  Saturday anyway.


Since  the  state  budget  cuts  limited  the  hours  on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday  and Friday  have become the most productive days.


If you spend too long searching the microfilm and then request original records from the archives in the

basement (on a Tuesday or Wednesday), they are usually brought up too late to complete  a thorough

inspection on that day.  Try to get there early on a Thursday or Friday.  And, research your needs before

showing up or the massive amount of items available can overwhelm you.  You will appear to look like

that deer that just showed up in the headlights.


On  a  few  occasions,  I  have  walked  out  the  door,  with  needed  copies from  microfilm,  fifteen  minutes after  signing  in.    But,  those  days  are  rare  and  I  knew  exactly  what  was  needed before  walking  in  the door.  I have done so much work there over the past twenty years on GAR records, that if anyone leaves behind copies of these records, I have been asked if they were mine the next time I show up.


Now that I am retired, there are monthly requests for me to come down there and volunteer my time.

I am  a  selfish  person  and  not  immortal,  so  I  prefer  to  first  train  a  few  Iowa  SUVCW  members  younger than me to do what I have learned to do, then I will be at ease helping others with their needs.

I am not a group teacher, so a one to one or two will be the best and your specific needs will be better



Call (515) 822-2454 or e-mail rittel@mchsi.com  and we can work out a good day for research.


Ron Rittel, PDC Department of Iowa Historian SUVCW


Des Moines Reading Room Hours from their Web Page

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday

Retrievals of state archives, photograph & manuscript collections are made at the following times:

9:45 and 11 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri. only) and 1, 2:15, and 3:30 p.m. (Tue. thru Fri.)

State archives, photograph, and manuscript collections are closed Saturdays unless arrangements are

made in advance. Arrangements can be made by calling the reference desk (515) 281-6200 by noon of

the preceding Friday.

Francis Annis

Company D, 32nd Iowa Infantry

While at Vicksburg last year, I wish I had remembered to visit the grave of Private Francis Annis of Boone County, Iowa.  I first came across the Annis family several years ago while researching the Elk Rapids Cemetery.  Elk Rapids was one of the first settlements in Boone County, located just west of Madrid, on the Des Moines River.  The Elk Rapids Cemetery was located on a hill on the east side of the river.  In 1913, half of the cemetery was moved to the Dalander Cemetery about four miles north.  The Milwaukee Railroad needed the land for their bridge to cross the river.  The rest of the cemetery was moved in 1974, due to the construction of the Saylorville Reservoir.  At the relocated Elk Rapids cemetery stands an old weathered stone for the Annis family with a GAR flag holder beside it.

Francis Annis was born in Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire on November 23, 1824.  He married Nancy Cross on November 24, 1851, in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin.  They became the parents of six children, the first two born in Wisconsin and the last four in Polk and Boone counties, Iowa.  Their third child, Mary Lucinda, died October 23, 1857, and the fifth child, Warren, died May 26, 1861, both in Boone County, buried at Elk Rapids.  Francis enlisted August 11, 1862, at the age of 37.  He died May 30, 1864, of dysentery on board ship, at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and is buried at the Vicksburg National Cemetery, Section L, Grave #6600.  The letters written between Francis and Nancy can be found at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nancygcunningham/annis/francis_annis_civil_war_letters.htm.

After his death, Cynthia (the eldest) and William (child number two) were in the Iowa Soldiers and Sailors Orphanage, at Davenport, as enumerated on January 1, 1867.  By 1869, Nancy and her children were living in Newton, Iowa, where she was running a boarding house.  It is the story of sons, William and Elmer (the youngest) that drew my attention.  The following story is taken from the Jasper County Iowa GenWeb.

            “The home of this Annis family was in Jasper County, but Francis Annis enlisted in Boone County, possibly with some friends. On looking it up in Boone's county history, I found this record: "Francis Annis enlisted Aug. 11, 1862, from Douglas Township; served in Co. D; died in service." His people say he died of dysentery on the way from the army to the hospital.

            Later, his family, consisting of his wife, one daughter, Cynthia, and three sons, Frank, Ben and Elmer, were living in Newton, their home being located where that of W.C. Killduff now stands, 823 East Fifth Street North. This was close to the newly built Rock Island railroad tracks. At that time all north of these tracks, west for some distance, and east as far as Failor's Green House, was timber and underbrush. A small pond was on part of the Green house ground.

            Mrs. Annis was keeping boarders in order to support her growing family. Among these was a man named Case who was from New York state and who had been in the Civil War and who had wandered out west in search of a job. He found one teaching in a country school in Jasper County. He also found boarding at the Annis home and rode on horseback to and from his school. A great friendship sprang up between him and the three Annis boys of six, eleven and fifteen years. The war was an interesting event to them and they were eager to have him tell about it.

            On the evening of Dec. 20, 1869, Case noticed a gun, which I understand was an old army gun; picked it up to examine it; and then the boys gathered around him, begging him to show them how they did it in the war. He stepped to the dining room door and asked Mrs. Annis if it was loaded. She replied she thought not. He then pointed the gun at the pictures on the wall, the clock on the shelf and repeating each time the commands, "Halt! Take aim! Fire!" About to put the gun away, little Elmer, seven years old, said, "Now shoot me." Then playfully pointing the gun right at his forehead, pulled the trigger, and lo! It went off. A bullet that had missed fired before now was fired. It tore right through Elmer's head and Frank, fifteen years old, who was standing behind him with thumbs in his trousers band, received the bullet through his hand from which it went through his bowels. Case, as soon as he saw Elmer drop instantly, was so astonished that he became like a crazy man. He tore out of the house and ran to the woods across the tracks, racing through the underbrush until exhausted. [This was reported in the neighborhood. I cannot tell if it be true.] At any rate he came back to the house to find Frank, too, had been shot. He had not stopped long enough to know that.

            At once he started out to find a doctor, supposedly Dr. Hunter, who lived a few blocks down the same street. The doctor reported there was no hope for Frank and before morning he too had gone.”….Elmer Annis and Frank Annis both died December 20, 1869.


Nancy Cross Annis remarried on September 13, 1870, in Mitchellville, to Joseph H. Drew.  She died December 18, 1891, in Newton, at the age of 60.  Cynthia married Clarence William Cross, and died in Oklahoma, in 1922. Benjamin married Lovina M. Dickinson, and died in Newton, in 1927.  Nancy, William, Elmer and Benjamin are buried in the Union Cemetery, Newton, Iowa.  The names of William, Elmer and Nancy are listed on the stone in the Elk Rapids Cemetery, along as are Mary and Warren.



Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

Danny E. Krock

JVC Department of Iowa

Slater Cemetery Walk

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, members of the Iowa SUVCW participated in a cemetery walk hosted by the Slater Area Historical Association.  Those present were: Kevin Pearson, Ken Lindblom, Ron Rittel, Ken Wald, Dave Thompson and Danny Krock.

The event was held at the Bethlehem Cemetery, Slater, Iowa.  The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. with a reading of the President’s Proclamation reaffirming the last day of September as “Gold Star Mother’s Day”, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by all in attendance.  Dave Thompson told the story of Henry Hendrickson and John Anderson, both of Company G, 15th Wisconsin Infantry.  Danny Krock spoke of Cyrus Highland, Company H, 156th Illinois Infantry and Niles Gord, who served in Company L, 15th Illinois Cavalry and later transferred as a Veteran to the 10th Illinois Cavalry.

Jim Nelson portrayed his Great Grandfather, Ole Nelson, of Company D, 40th Wisconsin Infantry.  Ole Nelson was a member of both the GAR and the SUVCW.  He served as the GAR National Commander-in-Chief for 1935/1936 and was a member of the Grenville M. Dodge Camp for 25 years.  Ken Wald, of the Dodge Camp, spoke of his ancestor, Severt Tesdell, who served in Company A, 32nd Iowa Infantry.  Bob Sweeney told the story of his Great Great Grandfather, Thomas Weeks, Company E, 91st Illinois Infantry.

The ceremony concluded with a reading on all Veterans interred in Bethlehem Cemetery, followed by a moment of silence, three volleys by PDC Pearson and sounding of “Taps”.  Everyone was then invited to remove to the Slater Historical Building for a question-and-answer period, view their Civil War displays and refreshments.  An estimated eighty members of the community and family were in attendance.

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty


 Danny Krock

Junior Vice Commander, Department of Iowa

Photos by Marilyn Rittel

Henry John Messenbrink Co. F, 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

On a very windy June 29, 2012, at 11:00, members of the 10th and 37th Iowa Infantry SVR’s conducted a Headstone Dedication for Private Henry John Messenbrink, of Co. F, 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  The ceremony was held at the Charter Oak Cemetery, north of Charter Oak Iowa.  Also, assisting in the event were members of both the Charter Oak and Denison American Legions.  Charles and Dave Boeck of the Kinsman Camp #23 are descendants of Messenbrink.

 Henry was born in Hanover, Germany on November 18, 1835.  He came to New York in 1854, settling first in St. Louis, where he remained three years.  On April 18, 1860 Henry married Mary Flier, she was born in Prussia on November 1, 1842.  She came with her parents first to Wisconsin and later to St. Louis where her family remained.  Henry and Mary became the parents of nine children.  About 1863, they moved to Winnebago, Houston County, Minnesota.

Henry enlisted at Ft. Snelling on May 27, 1864.  He most likely was sent head-long into the Battles for Kennesaw Mountain and then on to Atlanta. He was in the March to the Sea, Savannah, Bentonville, Bennett Place and then the Grand Review in Washington City.  The 2nd Minnesota was mustered out on July 11, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky.  They moved to Jackson County, Iowa about 1867, and near Charter Oak, Crawford County, Iowa in 1882.  He remarried in 1898.  Henry had been a farmer and retired in Charter Oak.  He died on November 27, 1923. 

Several family members were present and exchanging genealogical notes afterwards. 


Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

by Cpl. Danny Krock, 37th Iowa SVR

Jennie Wade Remembered in Iowa

On Saturday afternoon, June 29, 2013, a ceremony was held in the Oakland Cemetery, Denison, Iowa to dedicate the newly placed plaque for Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.

The ceremony was performed by members of the 10th and 37th Iowa Infantry SVR’s, Charter Oak and Denison American Legions and Denison Boy Scouts.  A large turn-out of family was also present, some from as far as Canada.  Special guest was Shirley Grant, National President of the Womans Relief Corps.  A speech on the life and death of Jennie was given by Gretchen Triplett, also of the Womans Relief Corps and a great-great niece of Jennie’s.  Also remembered that day, were Jennie’s sister, Georgia Wade McClellan and her husband, John Lewis McClellan.  John was a member of the 2nd  and 165th Pennsylvania Infantry and finished the war with the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry. 

The plaque is placed over the headstone of her sister, Georgia.  Georgia served as a nurse during the Civil War at Gettysburg, Wolfs Grove, Washington, D.C. and Antietam. Georgia, a seamstress following the war, also served as Secretary and State President of the Womans Relief Corps, a National Press Correspondent, Chairwoman of the National Press Correspondent, Chairperson of the National Executive Board and the Department Secretary and Department Treasurer of the Womans Relief Corps.  She was the great grandmother of Gretchen Triplet.

John McClellan belonged to the John A. Logan Post No. 58, Grand Army of the Republic. He was a mason, carpenter, bridge builder, contractor and house mover by trade. He died in Fort Dodge while running the Benedict Home, a shelter for unwed mothers.


submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

by Cpl Danny Krock, 37th Iowa Infantry, SVR

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