By the authority vested in me as Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil
War, the National Constitution and Regulations, and National Policies,
it is hereby ordered as follows:
A report recently released by our National Executive Director reflects the below listed
Departments have not yet filed their required annual reports. Chapter II, Article V, Section 3(a)
of our Regulations requires that Departments must file a Form 35, along with the current
department roster and per capita dues to the Executive Director no later than May 31st each year.
I am placing these delinquent Departments under suspension:
1. Department of Columbia
2. Department of Iowa
3. Department of Kentucky
4. Department of Vermont
These Departments will be brought back in good standing at such time the delinquent reports are
received by the Executive Director. However, while under suspension, Departments may not
meet or conduct business except for that activity to bring the Department back in good standing.
In addition, their delegates to the National Encampment will not be seated. With the National
Encampment nearing, the affected Departments are strongly encouraged to submit the delinquent
reports as soon as possible so that their standing with the National organization may be restored.
Ordered this 15th Day of June 2016.
ATTEST /s/ Jonathan C. Davis, PDC /s/ Eugene G. Mortorff
National Secretary Commander-in-Chief
On Saturday, June 11, 2016, members of the Grenville M. Dodge Camp #75, Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as well as members of the of Dodge Auxiliary #8, celebrated 100 years of the Camp. A pot luck dinner was held at the Elks Lodge in Clive, Iowa. The Dodge Camp meets at 7 P.M. the Last Wednesday of the month at the Urbandale Public Library,
3520 86th Street, Urbandale, Iowa.
On Saturday, June 4, the People of Casey along with the 10th Iowa SVR Rededicated the newly renovated G.A.R. Monument at Oakwood Cemetery. Originally Dedicated in 1916, this memorial had fallen into disrepair and was restored earlier this year. Along side the monument now stands a carving of a soldier done by Dave Bussard. Present at the ceremony was Margaret Batchelet who worked along side Amy Noll at the Department Commander's Office, Department of Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic in the State Capitol.
On March 15, 1862, he was appointed Drum Major for the 15th Iowa. Nathan had the early instruction of the musicians of the regiment and did
very well “considering the insubordinate characters of the young devils over whom he had control”. Those young devils were:
Tighlman Cunningham, who was known as “Boss Whistler”, he could rattle out the music with more noise and less effort than anyone in the brigade
Lewis Crowder, Lewis was severely wounded at Atlanta and is buried at Peoria.
Melville Davis, a drummer, would wake the boys - promptly, to promptly. He was wounded in the breast, abdomen and leg at Kennesaw Mountain, his leg had to be amputated
Samuel Flemming, he was discharged for disability, same as Nathan
Byron Jackson, died of disease at Vicksburg
Robert Lyon, wounded in the arm at Corinth, he was no longer a drummer
Ethan Post, deserted and later returned
Loren Tyler, served in every battle the 15th Iowa was involved in, he was appointed a Major in the Iowa National Guard in April 1878 and Adjutant General of Iowa in June 1878
and Henry Metz, Metz became Drum Major after Nathan was discharged. Instead of running the band, the band ran him.
Others from Peoria that served with Nathan in the 15th are:
William R. Good, buried at Keokuk National Cemetery
Eden Hunt, wounded at Shiloh and again near Atlanta
Byron L. Jackson, previously mentioned as Drummer, buried at Vicksburg National Cemetery
George L. Jackson, served for the duration of the war
John P. Jones, fifer, served for the duration of the war
William C. Laird, wounded at Kennesaw Mountain, survived
George Lewis, discharged for disability
Henry Lewis, served for the duration of the war
Edmund Lundy, discharged for disability
Joseph Miller, discharged for disability
Charles Quaintance, died in Odin, Illinois
William H. Romesha, wounded at Atlanta
Edward Smith, discharged for disability
Henry Van Cleve, wounded near Atlanta
Joshua Van Cleve, wounded at Corinth
Orville Whaling, discharged for disability
and John G. Curry, deserted
On May 14, members of the 10th Iowa SVR and the Department of Iowa rededicated the GAR Stained Glass Window in the Carlisle Medthodist Church.
In 1857, a handful of believers came together and established the Carlisle Methodist Church. This church held their meetings in the school until 1868, when the first building was erected here, on this location. One of those founders was Sabra Hargis, a girl of fifteen. There are three Hargises listed on this window: Stephen Major Hargis, Francis Marion Hargis and Jasper Newton Hargis. As best as I can tell, these three were cousins to Sabra. On June 6, 1858, Sabra was united in marriage to Ephraim Nicholson Fisher, he is the E. N. Fisher named on the window, they were probably married in that one room school. In March of 1859, Sabra gave birth to their first child.
April 12, 1861, Ft. Sumter was fired upon in Charleston Harbor and the Civil War broke out. Sabra’s husband, Ephraim enlisted on August 23, and mustered into service on September 6, leaving Sabra and their two year old son, Anson. Five weeks later, Sabra gave birth to their second son, George. He died one month later. Ephraim never saw his son. Ephraim’s service with the 10th Iowa only lasted six months, he was discharged on March 6, 1862, with typhoid fever. Ephraim and Sabra would become the parents of seven children, only four lived to adulthood. Their fourth child, a daughter, named Luella, married William Ballard, the son of David Ballard, named on this window. David Ballard was married to Susan Baber, Susan was the sister of William Baber, also named on this window.
Marion Hargis, a nephew to Stephen and Jasper, was severely wounded in the side, at Champion’s Hill on May 16, 1863 and was sent home to recover. Stephen Hargis was wounded in the shoulder, slightly, a week later, on May 22, at Vicksburg, he recovered and reenlisted. Marion Hargis did not recover and died here in Carlisle, on July 8, seven weeks after being wounded. I believe he is the only one listed on this window that died during the war. Jasper Hargis, the brother to Stephen, made it through the war unscathed. Jasper liked to tell the story of his grandfather, John Hargis. Grandfather Hargis on many occasions had ventured into Kentucky and suffered the dangers and privations of frontier life with Daniel Boone and his youngest brother Squire Boone. Squire Boone is my fifth great grandfather. This window has a story for all of us.
How we preserve, perpetuate and honor the memory of our nation's defenders is a task that falls upon each generation of Americans. Their stories must be repeagted, retold, to ensure that these men are not forgotten: it is our duty to educate and inculcate each new generation, lest their story of sacrifice be forever lost.
As long as we remember those who served our country, they will continue to live on in our minds and in our hearts, if we forget them, they will truly be gone forever. That is why we must take this time, to remember these veterans.
The obligations of citizenship are not restricted to time or place, or to the conflict of arms. There can be no doubt that the honor we pay to the patriotic dead, and to their memorable deeds will serve not only to make American citizenship in these days more reputable, but also to maintain and perpetuate, through all future generations.
Remembrance is an act of instruction, an act of citizenship, an act of duty, devotion and love. A monument in a cemetery, a park, in front of a Court House or in a church cannot teach the importance of these men to our history. Monuments of stone, bronze or glass are but mere reflections of what once was and cannot speak of the reality of their life experience. We are, however, privileged to have these memorials, erected by their own hands as a source of personal contact to the ideals of loyalty and self-sacrifice they and we hold so dear.
It is only fitting that we have gathered here this afternoon to honor these veterans. We should seek to emulate them for they knew the lessons of responsibility and devotion that come with citizenship.
Today as we rededicate this window, remember, it is not the window we rededicate, but the memory of those who wished to make a statement for all time and placed it here. This window makes a very proud statement. It states who these men were and what they held dear; and that they wanted to be remembered; and placing it here, in the church, speaks volumes.
With the dawning of each new day, this window waits, ready to retell its story, just as it has for the past one hundred years. We just need to pause and listen, listen as it tells us the story of family; family by blood, family by marriage, family by a common cause, family by faith. It tells us the story of men, who voluntarily left their homes, their families, their friends, to defend our Constitution and to preserve the Union; men who after the war ended made Carlisle and the surrounding community, their home. Men who one hundred plus years ago, sat where you are sitting now; men who desired to show to their contemporaries and posterity, their love of God and Country, and to be remembered; the men whose names are recorded at the bottom of this window.
At the top of this window are two crossed Flags, the flag they fought to save from dishonor, the flag they handed to us, unchanged and unstained; the flag of their fathers, the flag of our fathers; the flag which now waves over their graves; the flag of the United States of America.
Centered on this window is the Badge of the Grand Army of the Republic, our nation’s first veteran’s organization, created by and for the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.
These boys drank from the same canteen, shared a shelter half or blanket. Enjoyed each other’s letters from home; ate together, fought together, cared for the wounded and the sick together and together they buried the dead. During the course of the war these men witnessed the deaths of over 700,000 Americans on both sides, witnessed amputations, crippling wounds and chronic maladies that would eventually take the lives of men long before their time. Through all of this they made promises, promises to the dying, the crippled and the infirmed. Promised the dead would not be forgotten, promised their widows and orphans would be cared for, promised the sick and wounded would be assisted. Those bonds made on the battlefields would not be broken.
Because of men such as these named here, and thousands of others throughout the country, the GAR became the strongest political force in this nation for the next 40 years. From the GAR came six of our Governors and five of our Presidents. Out of their workings came pensions for the invalid, the widows and the children. Homes for the orphans and homes for the indigent soldier, they worked to turn our cemeteries into a park-like setting to invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners, they established Memorial Day to remember our dead, erected monuments in their honor, and they held gatherings and reunions for those friendships to long continue.
A great deal of thought and symbolism went into the design of this badge. The Badge of the Grand Army of the Republic is composed in three parts: The clasp, the ribbon, and the emblem.
The clasp, first and foremost, is not just worn over the heart, it is pinned, attached, over the heart, showing the wearers devotion to the cause for which he fought. This clasp depicts an Eagle, the symbol of our nation, with cross cannon and ammunition, representing defense: the Eagle with drawn sword, hovers over our Nation’s Flag, always ready to protect it from insult or dishonor.
Suspended from the clasp is the ribbon, our National Colors, representing the Republic, united and indivisible. It is the Flag that unites and holds this badge together.
The emblem which is supported by the Flag is a Star, representing the meritorious and gallant conduct of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who preserved this Union. In the center of that star is the figure of the Goddess of Liberty, representing Loyalty; on either side of Liberty, a soldier and a sailor clasping hands, representing Fraternity, and two children receiving benediction and assurance of protection from the comrades, representing Charity. On the left side of the group is the National Flag and the Eagle, representing Freedom, and on the right the Flag and the Fasces, representing Union. In each point of the star is the insignia of the various arms of the service — the Bugle for Infantry, Cross Cannon for Artillery, Cross Muskets for the Marine, Cross Swords for Cavalry, and the Anchor for Sailors. Over the central group are the words, “Grand Army of the Republic”, and under, the word and figures, “1861—Veteran—1866” commemorating the commencement and close of the rebellion, and also the date of the organization of the Order.
. Most of these men, named here, were members of the Isaac B. Sexton Post #425, Grand Army of the Republic, here, in Carlisle. Several others were members of the Oliver P. Lewin Post #169 in Hartford.
Steadily their ranks grew thinner. The gaps in the picket lines grew wider every day: Summoned into the shadowy regions, by the bugle call from beyond, one by one they mustered out. These men, who we honor here today, are now just names on a window. Gone are the straight-edge razors, the tobacco plugs, the oyster suppers and black molasses. Forgotten is the back room where once the suspendered trousers hung on the bed post or could be heard the asthma like cough, muffled through the door. No one remains today that knew the warmth of their big bear hug or the love behind the whiskery kiss good night. This window knew them, this window remembers, it patiently waits for someone to pause and listen to its story .
In 1883, the Grand Army of the Republic established the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to continue their work, their love of country, and …remember. That is who we are and why we are here today.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
Section 1. Section 144.27, Code 2016, is amended to read as follows:
144.27 Funeral director’s duty.
1. The funeral director who first assumes custody of a dead body shall file the death certificate, obtain the personal data from the next of kin or the best qualified person or source available and obtain the medical certification of cause of death from the person responsible for completing the certification. When a person other than a funeral director assumes custody of a dead body, the person shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of this section .
2. a. A funeral director responsible for filing a death certificate under this section may after a period of one hundred eighty days release to the Department of Veterans Affairs the name of a deceased person whose cremated remains are not claimed by a person authorized to control the decedent’s remains under section 144C.5, for the purposes of determining whether the deceased person is a veteran or dependent of a veteran and is eligible for inurnment at a national or state veterans cemetery. If obtained pursuant to subsection 1, the funeral director may also release to the Department of Veterans Affairs documents of identification, including but not limited to the social security number, military service number, and military separation or discharge documents, or such similar federal or state documents, of such a person.
b. If the Department of Veterans Affairs determines that the cremated remains of the deceased person are eligible for inurnment at a national or state veterans cemetery, the Department of Veterans Affairs shall notify the funeral director of the determination. If the cremated remains have not been claimed by a person authorized to control the decedent’s remains under section 144C.5 one hundred eighty days after the funeral director receives notice under this paragraph “b” , all rights to the cremated remains shall cease, and the funeral director shall transfer the cremated remains to an eligible veterans organization if the eligible veterans organization has secured arrangements for the inurnment of the cremated remains at a national or state veterans cemetery. For purposes of this subsection, an “eligible veterans organization” means a veterans service organization organized for the benefit of veterans and chartered by the United States Congress or a veterans remains organization exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that is recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs to inurn unclaimed cremated remains.
c. A funeral director providing information or transferring cremated remains shall be immune from criminal, civil, or other regulatory liability arising from any actions in accordance with this subsection. In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs, a national or state veterans cemetery, and an eligible veterans organization shall be immune from criminal, civil, or other regulatory liability arising from any actions in accordance with this subsection. Such immunity shall not apply to acts or omissions constituting intentional misconduct.
Department ROTC/JROTC Coordinator Mike Rowley reports the Department has had 100% participation from all programs in the State this year.
This years recipients are:
Tyler D. Laska, Iowa State University, Air Force
Patrick Hennessey, Iowa State University, Navy
Joshua S. Dunt, Iowa State University, Army
John C. Maxwell, University of Iowa, Air Force
Christian Zvokell, University of Iowa, Army
Tina Turner, University on Northern Iowa, Army
Jordon Hamling, University of Dubuque, Army
Chandler S. Stansberry, Ottumwa High School
Nathan J. Mortensen, Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs
Jax Good, Central Campus, Des Moines, Army
to be announced, East Waterloo High School
Sandi Mekanovic, West Waterloo High School, Air Force
Brandon McGaughey, Central Iowa Sea Cadets
Alexandria Gonzales, Sioux City Community High Schools, Air Force
On a beautiful spring morning the 60th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, sponsored by the SUVCW and MOLLUS, commemorating the 151st Anniversary of President Lincoln's death. took place at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery Springfleld, lL at 10 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2016. All of the Allied Orders to the Grand Army of the Republic of the Republic were represented. Department Commander Danny Krock placed a wreath on behalf of the Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Ron Rittel placed a wreath on behalf of the Grenville M. Dodge Camp # 75 in memory of President Lincoln as well as to commemorate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Dodge Camp. Marilyn Rittel placed a wreath from the Dodge Camp Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The 133rd Annual Encampment of the Allied Orders of the Department of Iowa was held Saturday, April 2nd, at the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Hampton, Iowa. A 9 am Flag raising was attended by both the SUVCW and the ASUVCW. The SUVCW held their meeting in the Soldiers Memorial Hall while the ASUVCW met at the Maynes Grove Lodge, we had the honor of SUVCW Commander-in-Chief Eugene Mortorff attending.
Brother Jace Bloomer; Department GAR Highway Officer, Dan Rittel; and Department Chaplain, Dennis Sasse were awarded The Commander’s Award for outstanding service to the Department and to the Order. Department Graves Registration Officer, Roy Linn was presented with a framed autograph by Iowa’s Civil War Governor, Samuel J. Kirkwood.
Memorial Services were held in the afternoon for Brothers Chuck Wilcox and
Vern Damgaard, attended by the SUVCW and ASUVCW.
The evening meal was partaken at the Maynes Grove Lodge and afterwards a program was given centered on the 1922 GAR National Encampment in Des Moines and the Last Surviving Civil War Veteran of Franklin County, the state of Iowa and the Nation.
At 2:30 pm on Veterans Day 2015, members of Co. B, 10th Iowa Infantry, SVR along with the Kinsman Camp Auxiliary conducted the Headstone Rededication Ceremony for William Painter at Red Oak, Iowa. We had the honor of being accompanied by two of his descendants: Virginia Price, Great Grand-daughter and Leslie Sutton, Great-Great Grand-daughter. Virginia and Leslie are both members of The Clara Barton Tent # 95, Department of California & Nevada, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Virginia was presented the Service Flag of William Painter by Department Commander Krock.
William was born in Milton Pennsylvania on April 2, 1821. He married Martha Woodson in Bloomfield, Illinois on February 11, 1847. Their first child, Cassius, was born in 1848 and daughter, Mattie, in 1849. Tragically, Martha passed away a few days after Mattie was born. William’s certain joy was suddenly overshadowed by grief. He was totally unprepared to raise two infants on his own.
Mattie was given to Martha’s sister to be raised with her family and William’s brother, George expressed his wishes to raise Cassius. The 1860 Federal Census Records show Cassius now 12, living with his father in Afton, Iowa, along with his new stepmother, Elizabeth Shuster Cantril, who married William on April 10, 1859. Elizabeth had also been widowed and had a son named Simeon who was 5 years old. Also living in the home was the couple’s first child, Samuel, age 3 months.
Not long after the Civil War broke out, William, in spite of being 43 years old, enlisted to fight in the union’s cause on Aug. 9th 1862. He was mustered in on Nov. 8, 1862 at Council Bluffs, Iowa as Private Painter, Company H, 29th Infantry Regiment, Iowa, Volunteers. He saw action at: the White River Expedition; Helena, Arkansas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Mobile, Alabama; and Spanish Fort, Alabama.
After enlisting, he first went to Camp Dodge, Iowa for training. While there, William wrote a poem to Samuel to attempt to explain his departure as well as to disseminate fatherly advice as to how he should live his life.
[POEM TO SAMUEL]
“Afton Iowa September 23d 1862
Samuel Kirkwood Painter
In the morning of this date
Your parent left you to your fate
To help our country in its rally
To drive treason from its valley
You a boy but 30 ½ months old
Then nothing to you was told
But with my image let me say
Before you run astray
That truth and right
Is surely not a blight
Then for a life of peace
In its policy buy a lease
It will make for you a home
And never let you roam
But keep you off the reefs
And make earth to you complete
And heaven with God your last retreat
Dodge Iowa November 12 1862
submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny E. Krock, Department Commander
Department of Iowa, SUVCW
Members of Kinsman Camp #23 and Auxiliary #23 took part in a pair of activities relating to Veterans Day on Saturday, November 7th.
On Saturday morning, eight members of Co. B, 10th Iowa Vol. Inf., SVR, two members of Auxiliary #23, and four guests from the Historic Dodge House, took part in the 2015 Veterans Day Parade in Council Bluffs. The parade route wended its way through the southern section of what was the old downtown/Haymarket Square area. Participants ranged in age from
six to 85 years old.
This year's parade featured a recreation of the funeral cortege for General Dodge, who died in January of 1916. Members participating were Capt. Carr, 2nd Lt. Sasse, Sgts. Kirshen and Rittel, Corp. Weeber, and Privates Boeck, Butcher, and Hancock. Members from Auxiliary #23 were Bev Carr and Denise Sasse.
After the parade, the group dined at Duncan's Restaurant. While there, a lady came to our table, and introduced herself. She related that het Great-great-great-grandfather was the Orderly to Colonel William H. Kinsman, our Camp's namesake. She also formed us that he was one of the three men who traveled to Mississippi after the war to locate Kinsman's remains.
Saturday evening, five members of Co. B., 10th Iowa, SVR and five members of Auxiliary #23 attended the Old Time Country Music Show and Veterans Tribute in Malvern, IA. This group of musicians are very patriotic, and early on Saturday evening, give a tribute lasting about two hours to all veterans in the middle of their show.
Our unit acted as the Color Guard, as we have for the past three years. Members participating were Capt. Carr, Sgts. Kirshen and Rittel, Corporal Weeber, and Private Cunningham, who served as our bugler. Auliary #23 members present were Bev Carr, Cindy Cisick, Jeanie Kirshen, Jeanie Kirshen and Victoria Howard. We recieved many compliments and
are requested to return next year.
On Monday, October 5, 2015, a Dedication Ceremony was held at the Winneshiek County Courthouse in Decorah on the occasion of a printed Roster of Company D, 38th Iowa Volunteer Infantry being presented to the people of Winneshiek County. This family heirloom was given to Winneshiek County by Richard and Karen Malloy who had flown in from the state of Washington. Richard is a member of The Department of the Columbia which has members within Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. His 2nd Great Grandfather was the Captain of Company D. Company D, was also known as "The Winneshiek Lincoln Guards".
Department Commander Danny Krock performed the Ritual of Dedication and read the names of the forty men from Winneshiek County and surrounding area that did not return home. It has probably been one hundred fifty years since those who gave their all have had their names spoken.
Barrows, Thomas. Age 28. Bluffton, Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss
Bendickson, Bendick. Age 24. Winneshiek County. Killed on picket Vicksburg, Miss.
Blair, James P. Age 32. Fort Atkinson, Died of disease New Orleans, La.
Blair, William. Age 25. Fort Atkinson, Died of disease Brownsville, Texas.
Brace, Aaron. Age 19, Burr Oak, Died of disease Carrollton, La.
Burch, Perrie G. Age 31. Fremont, Died of disease Carrollton, La.
Christofasen, Peter. Age 18. Winneshiek County, Died Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
Collaton, Thomas. Age 40. Decorah, Died of disease Decorah, Iowa.
Crestensen, Nels. Age 18. Highland, Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss.
Ditmars, James. 42. Fort Atkinson, Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss.
Dixon, John W. 34. Burr. Oak, Died of disease New Orleans, La.
Engleson, Hans. 26. Winneshiek County, Died of disease New Orleans, La.
Gallagher, John. 40. Decorah, Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss.
Gallagher, John, Jr. 18. Decorah, Died of disease Decorah, Iowa
Georgeson, Peter 18. Ossian; Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss.
Hanson, Gilbert. 21. Decorah, Died of disease Memphis, Tenn.
Hanson, Stein. 24. Winneshiek county Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss.
Heath, Ethelbert A. 29. Hesper, Died of disease Memphis, Tenn.
Hanson, Gilbert. 21. Decorah, Died of disease Memphis, Tenn.
Hanson, Stein. 24. Winneshiek County, Died of disease Vicksburg, Miss.
Hasfelt, Gustav. 27. Winona, Minn.,Died of disease Brownsville, Texas.
Hughes, David H. 32. Decorah, Died Port Hudson, La.
Iverson, John B. 19, Highland, Died of disease Port Hudson, La
Johnson Carl. 33. Winneshiek County, Died Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
Johnson John. 35. Winneshiek County, Died of disease Port Hudson, La.
Kirian, Jacob. 21. Calmar, Died of disease, Vicksburg, Miss.
Kirian, Kasper. 19. Calmar, Died of disease, Vicksburg, Miss.
Krethen, Peter. 26. Calmar, Died of disease Kenosha, Wis.
Larson, Christian. 27. Hesper, Died of disease Carrollton, La.
Livangood, William R. 30. Burr Oak, Died of disease, Burr Oak, Iowa.
Lockwood, Joseph H. 21. Fort Atkinson,Died of disease Carrollton, La.
Olsen, Byern. 25. Ossian, Died of disease Carrollton, La.
Olsen, Ingebright. 29. Winneshiek County, Died of disease, New Orleans. La.
Paulson, Jens. 23. Ossian, Died of disease, Vicksburg, Miss.
Peterson, Hans. 30. Glenwood, Died of disease, Vicksburg, Miss.
Scott, Ethan C. 21. Fremont Twp., Died of disease, Vicksburg, Miss.
Scott, Julius A. 19, Fremont Twp., Died of disease New Orleans, La.
Tostenson, Christian. 28. Decorah, Died of disease, on steamer "City of Memphis."
Waters, Edwin C. 35. Fort Atkinson, Died of disease Davenport, Iowa.
Wilber, John N. 37. Burr Oak, Died of disease, St. Louis, Mo.
submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny Krock, Department Commander
Department of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
The Dept. of Iowa's attempt to have a ceremony in every Iowa county during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War fell a bit short of its goal due to personnel shortages.
Nevertheless, Co. B, 10th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry, SVR, soldiered on and completed more than their share of those ceremonies. Over the past five years, members of the unit took part in thirty-five of these ceremonies, almost all of which were in western Iowa.
This, our last official “Tour”, covered Greene and Carroll counties on Saturday, and Guthrie, Audubon and Shelby counties on Sunday. All but the ceremony in Audubon County was a re-dedication of a monument. The ceremony in Audubon County was a “Last Soldier” ceremony.
Our first stop was in the cemetery at Jefferson, where were were assisted by Boy Scout Troop 534. We were greeted by Mayor Craig Berry and a nice-sized crowd. Ms. Barb Labate, member of American Legion Post #11 read the poem “When the Boys in Blue Are Gone.”
The re-dedication ceremony was carried out by Capt. Mike Carr, Commanding C o. B, 10th Iowa, SVR, with 2nd Lt. Dennis Sasse acting as Officer of the Day. Mrs. Denise Sasse, the Auxilary's Chaplain performed that function during the ceremony.. Sgt. Dan Rittel acted as Master of ceremonies. Several members of Auxiliary #23 were also present and assisted.
We were also honored to have Dept. Commander Danny Krock and wife Tammy with us, as well as Dept. Monuments Officer Tom Gard.
Although in need of a good cleaning (something the local citizens are planning on doing), the monument was in good shape, and the mayor admitted that he had more of an appreciation for it now that he was made aware of its significance.
At the ceremony in Carroll, we were honored by the presence of the the Camp's oldest member, James Grettenberg, who is just shy of his 95th birthday. Mayor pro-tem Eric Jensen greeted us very warmly. Although the crowd was small, the dozen or so members of American Legion Post #7 provided a full rifle squad and bugler.
Bright and early on Sunday, we traveled to Guthrie Center, where we were greeted by Mayor Dan Kunkle and a rifle squad and bugler from American Legion Post #7.
Our next stop was Viola Township Cemetery in the northeast corner of Audubon County. Sadly, Audubon County doesn't have a Civil War monument, one of about a half-dozen counties in the state without one. Therefore, we did the next best thing- we honored the very last Civil War veteran in the County, John Bonwell, who was over a hundred years old when he passed on. One of the very few spectators, a 90-year old WW II veteran knew the deceased.
Our last stop was Harlan, Iowa in Shelby County. This is a very large, beautifully kept monument on the south side of the Courthouse Square. Here, again, the crowd was small, but we were honored to have members of American Legion Post #150 and VFW Post #941 assist with posting the colors.
Those who took part in our ceremonies from Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR, were: Capt. Mike Carr, 2nd Lt. Dennis Sasse, Sergeants. Dan Rittel, and Alan Kirshen, Corporals Roy Linn and John Weeber, and Privates Charles Boeck, Dave Hancock, John Butcher and Jim Grettenberg. From Auxiliary #23: Mary Rittel, Denise Sasse, Jeanie Kirshen, and Bev Carr.
Submitted by Capt. Mike Carr
Carte de visite by P.H. Warner of Hopkinton, Iowa. On Nov. 17, 1865, in Hopkinton, Iowa, a crowd of soldiers and townspeople gathered to dedicate a monument to local men who had fallen during the war, including students who had attended Lenox Collegiate Institute. Peter H. Warner, a New York transplant who billed himself as an artist, druggist, dent...ist, watchmaker and jeweler, photographed the event on camera. This historic Warner image commemorates the occasion.
The Lenox story is not complete without this anecdote, transcribed from page 256 of the History of Delaware County, Iowa, and Its People, Volume 1, by John F. Merry:
The first president of the institution was the Rev. Jerome Allen, Ph. D., who occupied the chair from 1859 to 1863 and for two additional years additional acted as financial agent and teacher of natural science and English literature … Next came the soldier president, the Rev. J.W. McKean, A.M., 1863-1864. One morning a recruiting officer attended chapel service and after a strong and noble appeal by President McKean for the young men to obey the call of President Lincoln to enlist in the army of the Union, he informed the students that a recruiting officer was present and all who wished to enlist should arise. All arose and enlisted but one and he was too young. The faculty and girl students were in tears and President McKean closed the tender scene by saying, "Well, boys, if all of you are going, I am going too." President McKean resigned May 6, 1864, and entered the army as captain of a company in which all but two of the students enlisted. The work of the institute was suspended till the fall term. July 9, 1864, Captain McKean died in the army at Memphis, Tenn. A fine monument on the college campus commemorates his name and the names of others who gave their lives for the preservation of the Union. This monument at a cost of over fifteen hundred dollars was dedicated November 17, 1865, which makes it the oldest monument in Iowa and probably in the entire United States erected by public subscription in honor of the soldiers of the Civil War.
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August 10, 1821...Missouri is admitted to the Union as a slave state
August 10, 1861...Iowans receive their first Trial by Fire at Wilson’s Creek
August 10, 1894...Iowa Battle Flag Day observed in Des Moines
August 10, 1894...Soldier’s Lot Dedicated at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington
August 10, 2015...Soldier’s Lot Re-Dedicated at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington
At 1 p.m. on August 10, 2015, Soldier’s Lot was Re-Dedicated. With one hundred fifty in attendance, Mike Bloomer, of Burlington, told the story of his three year restoration of this final resting place for eighty-four Civil War Veterans. The original forty by sixty foot lot of land was donated by the Aspen Grove Cemetery Board of Control in 1893, at the request of the Matthies Post #5, Department of Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic. The request was to accommodate those Veterans who were indigent and would otherwise be placed in Potter’s Field. This “Soldier’s Lot” is within view of the mausoleum of Brigadier General Corse and the grave of Brigadier General Karl Matthies,
namesake of Post #5. More land was added in later years.
In April of 2012, Michael Bloomer, a twenty-one year veteran of the Burlington Police Department along with his son Jace, a member of the Power-Dunlavy Camp at
Bloomfield, began the fund raising needed to restore these Hallowed Grounds. All of the stones were cleaned and straightened, fourteen new headstones were ordered and set. The cannon
tube, which was covered with twelve coats of aluminum paint was restored and placed on a Steen carriage.
The two bronze plaques containing the first and last verse of “The Bivouac of the Dead” were restored, each also having twelve coats of paint. The Soldier Monument, placed by the GAR in 1912, was cleaned and the three bronze plaques removed and restored to pristine condition. The bushes, weeds and broken fence have been removed and a new steel, powder-coated fence placed around the lot. A new lighted flag pole has also been added as well as a granite bench. Mike and Jace estimate they have spent from eight hundred to one thousand hours on the restoration.
Speakers at the Re-Dedication were: Bob Reid, President of the Aspen Grove Cemetery Association; Mike Bloomer; Ned Fry, Command Sergeant Major, Iowa National Guard; Angela Beenken, Executive Director, Des Moines County Historical Society; Danny Krock, Department Commander, Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Reverend Orland Dial of St. John’s AME Church. The “National Anthem“, “Rally ‘Round the Flag” and “Taps” were played on trumpet, by Derrick Murphy. The Honor Guard was provided by the Southeast Iowa Civil War Roundtable.
Department Commander Krock presented Mike with the “Commander’s Award” for his
inculcation of citizenship in this project. The award read as follows:
The Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Commander’s Award is hereby presented to
for his Meritorious Service in restoring “Soldier’s Lot” at
Aspen Grove Cemetery. His commendable work in replacing and restoring the gravestones of those Patriots buried there, his restoration of the Monument, Plaques, Cannon and over-all beautification of these Hallowed Grounds will serve as a reminder of true Citizenship to this and future generations.
Those “Boys in Blue” who rest beneath these Fields of Green as well as the Membership of the Grand Army of the Republic would have been grateful and honored to be present here today.
Signed at Burlington, Iowa, on this Tenth day of August, in the
Two-Thousand and Fifteenth year of Our Lord and the Two Hundred and Thirty Nineth year of American Independence.
submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny Krock, Department Commander
Department of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War