contact our Department Junior Vice Commander
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Department of Iowa
Alan Kirshen, DJVC
P.O. Box 635
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
William John Pickerill Gravestone Dedication
April 19, 2015
Twelve members of Co. B, 10th Iowa Infantry SVR gathered at Graceland Cemetery at Avoca, Iowa on a very wet, blustery day to dedicate a new gravestone for Corporal William John Pickerill, 116th Indiana Infantry. Corporal Pickerill had never had a gravestone. They were joined by six members of the ASUVCW #23, as well as about forty relatives, friends, and spectators, including members of the American Legion Post #227, who provided the rifle squad and Avoca Boy Scout Troop #97, who provided their Color Guard.
Among the dignitaries present were Department of Iowa Commander Danny Krock, City Council Representative Sandra Peterson, and Pottawattamie County Director of Veteran Affairs Darlene McMartin.
There were nine descendants of Corporal Pickerill present, who were introduced by his grand-daughter, Florence Pickerill Mass.
Department Commander Danny Krock read William John Pickerill’s biography and service record. The Gravestone Dedication Ceremony was moved to the Cemetery’s Committal Gazebo due to the inclement weather and was conducted by Captain Michael Carr, with William McAlpine, and Denise Sasse the Camp, and Auxiliary Chaplains participating as well. Corporal Alan Kirshen acted as Master of Ceremonies. 1st Sergeant James Braden served as Officer of the Day, with Sergeant Dan Rittel placing the Symbols of the Soldier. Corporal Pickerill’s grand-daughter Florence Pickerill Mass, laid a white rose during the ceremony. Private David Hancock served as Bugler.
A post-ceremony social hour was held at the Avoca/Newtown Historical Society Museum. Many thanks to Mrs. Barb Butcher and the local historical and genealogical society for their kind assistance and hospitality.
William John Pickerill was born at Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana on October 26, 1846, the eldest son of George Edward Pickerill.
Two months short of his seventeenth birthday, William enlisted as a Private with Company B, 116th Indiana Infantry on August 8, 1863. The 116th was organized at Lafayette and mustered in as a six month regiment. They first were assigned to Detroit, Michigan where they guarded the U. S. Arsenal. The 116th was then ordered to Nicholasville, Kentucky and moved to the Cumberland Gap, reaching there October 3. From there they moved to Tazewell, Morristown, and fought at Blue Springs, where the enemy was routed and driven for miles. The 116th Indiana took part in the battle at Walker's Ford, wading the river under heavy fire and taking a position commanding the approach through a gorge, where it held the enemy in check until the balance of the command had crossed the river. They were under fire from noon until 3 p. m., while this movement was taking place, and from that time until 5 o'clock were in a brisk skirmish with an entire brigade. The 116th was mustered out at Indianapolis in February 1864 and was discharged March 1, 1864.
On January 24, 1865 William enlisted from Watterstown, Wisconsin into Company G, 47th Wisconsin as a Veteran Volunteer at the rank of Corporal. The 47th Wisconsin was organized and mustered in at Madison on February 27, 1865. They were ordered to Louisville, Kentucky, thence to Nashville, Tennessee, and Tullahoma, Tennessee. They were assigned to guard the railroad at Tullahoma and the District of Middle Tennessee until September. The 47th was mustered out on September 4, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. William Pickerill had accomplished all of this before reaching his nineteenth birthday.
William followed farming as an occupation and later took up the barbers' trade and followed this trade to Western Iowa and Nebraska. He was also a well-known violin player and become a member of several well-known Nebraska orchestras.
He married Millie E. McCuen, of Newton, Iowa on December 20, 1875 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. William and Millie became the parents of three sons; George William, Frederick John and Francis Marion, his obituary mentions a daughter Estella. Millie passed away on January 31, 1919 after forty-three years of marriage. William then made his home with his son Fred in Colorado. He died at St. Benedict Hospital in Sterling, Colorado on April 24,1931 at the age of 83 years. He was one of two remaining members of the U. S. Grant G.A.R. post in Avoca.
"Mr. Pickerill was a man who made friends easily and never missed an opportunity to pay his friends a short visit. He was ill but a few days and his sudden death came as a shock to many. One by one the members of the Grand Army of the Republic are being mustered out and taps sounded. In a few short years the "Boys in Blue" will be but a memory. Yet they played a most important part in making history and the United States."
The following poem was included in Millie’s obituary:
The pains of death are past….Labor and sorrow cease
And life’s long warfare closed at last…..His soul is found in peace
Soldier in Christ! Well done…..Praise be thy new employ
And while eternal ages run….Rest in thy Savior’s joy
submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
by Captain Michael Carr, Co. B, 10th Iowa SVR
Atlantic, Iowa, April 15, 2015. At 7:00 pm, members of the Colonel William H. Kinsman Camp #23 & Auxiliary along with members of Company B, 10th Iowa Infantry SVR, gathered around the sixty-two foot granite Civil War Monument to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Death of President Abraham Lincoln.
2nd Lieutenant Dennis Sasse of the 10th Iowa was Master of Ceremonies, Kinsman Camp Chaplain, William McCalpine led with a prayer, Denise Sasse, Chaplain of the Kinsman Camp # 23 Auxiliary spoke about Lincoln, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Brother John Butcher laid the wreath.
Brothers Charles Boeck, and John Weber were the Honor Guard.
Also in attendance were Brothers Robert Boots & David Hancock.
submitted in F, C & L by Dennis Sasse, 2nd Lt., 10th Iowa SVR
submitted in F, C & L by Mike Rowley, photos by Marilyn Rittel
The recession of 1857 had left the state near bankruptcy.
Governor Kirkwood pledged his land and fortune to equip the 1st and 2nd Iowa. Samuel Merrill who ran a mercantile in MacGregor provided the money to purchase the woolen fabric to outfit Iowa's first two regiments. He became the Colonel of the 21st Iowa Infantry and was seriously wounded at the Battle of Black River, 24 miles south of Vicksburg in May, 1863, reported as mortally wounded. He resigned his commission as a result of his wounds and returned to Iowa. Samuel Merrill became Iowa’s 7th Governor in 1867 and served two terms....
today, his final resting place is in desperate need of repair.....
Governor Merrill now rests abandoned in Woodland Cemetery, his mausoleum damaged due to decades of neglect and a falling oak tree. His monument has become home to opossums and raccoons instead of being the hallowed ground of a hero.
Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson
On Saturday afternoon, April 11, 2015, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, Illinois, Memorial Services were held for Dr. Benjamin Franklin Stephenson, founder of “The Grand Army of the Republic” at Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866. This years’ service was attended by SUVCW National Commander-in Chief Tad D. Campbell. This was the first time a sitting Commander was in attendance.
Speakers were: Tad D. Campbell, National Commander-in Chief, SUVCW; Jim L. Lyon, Illinois Department Commander; Randy Robbins, Menard County Historical Society; and Ron Clark, Chairman of Stephenson Memorial Plaza Committee.
Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson was born in Wayne County, Illinois, October 3, 1823, his father being a native of South Carolina and his mother a native of North Carolina. When he was about 3 years of age the family moved to Sagamon County. Here he received his early education and February 7, 1850, he given his diploma from Rush Medical College, Chicago. He then returned to the family home, a farm in Menard County, near Petersburg, Ill, and after a time began the practice of medicine in Petersburg. On the organization of the 14th Illinois Infantry he was elected surgeon of the regiment by the officers and enlisted men, but another doctor was commissioned. Later he was mustered in as surgeon of the 14th Illinois Infantry at Pittsburg Landing, April 7, 1862. He served with the regiment through all its campaigns as part of the Army of the Tennessee. As a result of his action at Shiloh he was commissioned major by Governor Yates. The 3 year term of the regiment expired June 24, 1864, and it was mustered out of service. He returned to Springfield, Ill., to resume the practice of medicine and became connected with a firm of druggists. During the service in the Army his tent mate and close companion was the chaplain of the regiment, Rev. W.J. Rutledge, a native of Virginia. They often discussed what would be the future of the men and boys in the Union Armies after the war and from these talks came the foundation for the organization of the Grand Army of the Republic. He died at Rock Creek, Menard County, Ill, August 30, 1871, in the 48th year and was buried in the cemetery there. August 29, 1882, the body was removed to the Soldiers Plot in Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg, Ill, where a beautiful monument has been erected by public subscription to the founder of the Grand Army of the Republic. Estill Post No. 71, GAR of Petersburg, conducted the burial service of the Grand Army ritual. Judge James A. Matheny, the orator, summed up the life of Dr. Stephenson in following words:
Success in life is one of the earth's strangest mysteries. To some it come unheralded and unsought for and in too many instances undeserved. Others labor for it and labor ever in vain, dying with every aspiration unsatisfied and every reasonable hope unfulfilled. So died our comrade. The law of compensation pervades all nature. In obedience to that law we have come, even at this late day, to do honor to our departed comrade.
Taken in part from the Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, pages 33-34, 1957 by Cora Gillis, Past National President, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 and last national secretary of the Grand Army of Republic.
April 6, 2015, will be the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Grand Army of the Republic. The Department of Illinois is in the process of restoring Dr. Stephenson’s gravesite and creating a “Doctor Benjamin F. Stephenson Memorial Plaza”. Tax deductible donations for this worthy cause can be sent to:
The City of Petersburg
Benjamin Stephenson Account
P O Box 139
Petersburg, Illinois 62675
(memo line of check should read – Stephenson Plaza)
More information can be found at www.suvcwil.com
Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny E. Krock, Department Commander
Department of Iowa, SUVCW
On Saturday morning, April 11, 2015, members of the Department of Iowa participated in the 59th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. The commemoration is sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. This year marked the 150th Anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and was attended by many members of the Allied Orders, Departments and Camps. Addresses were given by Tad D. Campbell, Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Waldron K. Post, Commander-in-Chief, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.
Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny E. Krock, Department Commander
Department of Iowa, SUVCW
Marilyn Rittel and Tammy Krock
Who Will Tell Their Story When The Boys Are Gone
On the Evening of April 9, 2015, the 49th Iowa SVR held a final Civil War Sesquicentennial Event at Des Moines’ Woodland Cemetery. Commencing at 7:00 pm at the end of a wet and blustery Iowa spring day luminaries were lit at the graves of the Civil War Veterans buried in the two G.A.R. Sections there.
Taps were played at 9:00 pm.
When the comrades have departed,
When the veterans are no more,
When the bugle call is sounded
On that everlasting shore.
When life's weary march is ended,
When campfires slumber long;
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?
— John Hendriks
in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny E. Krock, Commander, Department of Iowa, SUVCW
photos by Marilyn Rittel
LEE SURRENDERS !
April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, in essence bring the four year long struggle to an end. The terms were agreed to and signed that afternoon in the home of Wilmer McLean.
On July 21, 1861, the First Battle of Bull Run took place on McLean's farm in Manassas, Virginia. Union Army artillery fired at McLean's house, which was being used as a headquarters for Confederate Brigadier General P. G. T. Beauregard.
In the spring of 1863, McLean moved his family south to Appomattox County, Virginia, near a crossroads community called Appomattox Court House. The War had started in his kitchen and ended in his parlor.
On Thursday April 9, 2015, members of the Department of Iowa, SUVCW including the 49th Iowa SVR and the Liberty Band of Iowa commemorated the 150th Anniversary of Lee’s Surrender at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the State Capitol Grounds, in Des Moines.
The Ceremony began at 3:00 pm with a wreath being placed on the steps of the Monument by
Governor Terry E. Brandstad who then read to those gathered, his Proclamation which declared April 9, 2015, as a day of remembrance and recognition of the great sacrifice of the people of Iowa and
our fellow citizens across the nation on this the
Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the End of the Civil War.
The Proclamation was presented to and accepted by Department Commander Danny E. Krock in behalf of the 76,534 Iowans who served in the Civil War and especially those 13, 169 who did not return. The Liberty Band then played “The Vacant Chair” followed by “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
The Wreath placed by the Governor was woven from branches of an evergreen which first took root in what is now Glendale Cemetery, in 1842. It was here during the Civil War and is still with us today.
In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty
Danny E. Krock, Commander, Department of Iowa, SUVCW
Photos by Marilyn Rittel
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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,
JAS. B. FRY
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
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
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”
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
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 of Iowa
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 of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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
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
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.
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
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.
Captain Michael Carr, PDC
CO Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR
Chair Dept. of Iowa Sesquicentennial Committee
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
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
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