contact our Junior Vice Department Commander
2649 182nd St
Greetings from the Deptartment of Iowa's Junior Vice Commander. I would like to extend a welcome to those of you who wish to join our Order, or those who merely seek information. My job is to assist you in finding a Camp to join. Merely contact a member of the Camp you wish to join, or contact me and I'll get you set up. If there is no Camp nearby, you may wish to start a new camp with as few as FIVE members. You do not have to have a Civil War ancestor to join a Camp. We will do all we can to assist you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Last Union Soldiers in Iowa
and Chronological Order
A poem written by MacKinlay Kantor, on the passing of
Elon N. Lee, Last Union Soldier of Hamilton County.
Published in the "Ladies Home Journal" June 1939.
Illustration by Norman Rockwell.
those high-lighted have been Dedicated * Find-a-Grave
These men are listed by the County they resided in at the time of their death.
Some are buried in other Counties and other States.
Kossuth County was the first to loose their last Veteran, when John Grover passed away on March 1, 1932. James Martin of O'Brien County was the last in Iowa, passing on September 20, 1949. Ira Wheeler, Howard County, was the youngest, passing at the age of 87 years, 8 months and 12 days. Ebenezer McMurray, Johnson County, was the oldest, at the age of 103 years, 9 months and 24 days. Iowa has 99 Counties and 100 Last Soldiers. Robert Killen and William Humphreys, Lucas County, both died the same day, January 25, 1941.
Adair County - Lewis Lawson *
Co. C, 137th Illinois Infantry
Adams County - Darius P. Kerns *
Co. F, 83rd Illinois Infantry
Allamakee County – D’Estaing Harrington *
Co. C, 13th U. S. Infantry
Appanoose County – Edward Streepy *
Co. I, 36th Iowa Infantry
Audubon County - John C. Bonwell *
Co. A, 175th Ohio Infantry
Benton County – William A. Vincent *
Co. A, 152nd New York Infantry
Black Hawk - Henry A. Bray *
Co. F, 76th Illinois Infantry
Boone County – Benjamin F. Ritter *
Co. K, 9th Iowa Infantry
Bremer County - Martin L. Stebbins *
Co. F, 1st Iowa Cavalry
Buchanan County – George W. Kays *
Co. A, 41st Wisconsin Infantry
Buena Vista County - Charles P. Matson *
Co. B, 44th Wisconsin Infantry
Butler County – Thomas Anderson *
Co. G, 133rd Pennsylvania Infantry
Calhoun County – Lewis W. Grimes *
Co. D, 45th Iowa Infantry
Carroll County - John A. Hood *
Co. D, 51st Indiana Infantry
Cass County - Adnah D. Bullock *
Co. A, 1st New York Light Artillery
Cedar County – Martin W. Johnson *
Co. C, 15th Ohio Infantry
Cerro Gordo County – Rockwell Whipple *
Co. E, 4th Wisconsin Cavalry
Cherokee County - Nicholas T. Wells *
Co. K, 40th Wisconsin Infantry
Chickasaw County – John N. Coleman *
Co. G, 44th Illinois Infantry
Clarke County - Theodore F. Yetts *
Co. K 129th Indiana Infantry
Co. K, 116th Indiana Infantry
Clay County - Frederick P. Pettygrove *
Co. C, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry
Clayton County – Edwin W. Stanton *
3rd Wisconsin Infantry
Clinton County - John Avery *
Co. B, 140th Illinois Infantry
Crawford County - Myron E. Rowe *
Co. D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery
Dallas County - Charles S. Curler *
Co. I, 192nd New York Infantry
Davis County – Benjamin S. Armstrong *
Co. E, 3rd Iowa Cavalry
Decatur County - Jonas Hoffhines *
Co. C, 88th Ohio Infantry
Delaware County – Thomas N. Sedgwick *
Co. B, 44th Illinois Infantry
Des Moines County – Edmund B. Davis *
Co. E, 25th Iowa Infantry
Dickinson County - Gifford S. Robinson *
Co. H, 115th Illinois Infantry
Dubuque County – Frank L. Quade *
Co. G, 8th Iowa Cavalry
Emmet County - George W. Albee *
Co. E, 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry
Fayette County - John T. Gager *
Co. B, 105th Illinois Infantry
Floyd County – William J. Gange *
Co. I, 5th Wisconsin Infantry
Franklin County – Levi L. Conner *
Co. C, 172nd Ohio Infantry
Fremont County - Phineas H. Drake *
Co. M, 11th Illinois Cavalry
Greene County - Robert G. Martin *
Co. D, 188th Ohio Infantry
Grundy County – Horace B. Kelly *
Co. K, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry
Guthrie County - John T. Palmer *
Co. G, 51st Wisconsin Infantry
Hamilton County – Elon E. Lee *
Co. G, 134th Illinois Infantry
Hancock County – Llewellyn Lewis *
Co. C, 16th Wisconsin Infantry
Hardin County – Amariah T. Chandler *
Co. H, 10th Massachusetts Infantry
Harrison County - Sylvester Pokett *
Co. C, 1st Nebraska Cavalry
Henry County – Joseph T. Ingrim *
2nd Iowa Light Artillery
Howard County - Ira C. Wheeler *
Co. G, 47th Wisconsin Infantry
Humboldt County – Charles H. Lingenfelter *
Co. D, 23rd Wisconsin Infantry
Ida County - Paul Fox *
Co. A, 116th Indiana Infantry
Iowa County - Francis M. Isenhart *
Co. C, 75th Illinois Infantry
Jackson County - James H. Sutton *
Co. E, 12th Tennessee Cavalry
Jasper County – Elliott P. Taylor *
Co. M, 4th Iowa Cavalry
Jefferson County – Joseph H. Alverson *
Co. F, 3rd Iowa Cavalry
Johnson County - Ebenezer G. McMurray *
Co. A, 185th Ohio Infantry
Jones County – Mark H. Morse *
Co. F, 31st Iowa Infantry
Keokuk County – James M. Williams *
Co. K, 139th Indiana Infantry
Kossuth County - John H. Grover *
Co. H, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry
Lee County - John Drain *
Co. A, 67th U.S. Colored Troops
Linn County – George S. Bushnell *
Co. E, 46th Iowa Infantry
Louisa County – John F. Heins *
Artificer, 1st Missouri Engineers
Lucas County - Robert Killen *
Co. F, 37th Kentucky Infantry
- William Humphreys *
Co. A, 119th Ohio Infantry
Lyon County - George W. Lyon *
Co. A, 11th Illinois Infantry
Madison County - Aaron E. Cleveland *
Co. E, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
Mahaska County - Henry A. White *
Co. H, 184th New York Infantry
Marion County - Robert A. Millen *
Co. A, 33rd Iowa Infantry
Marshall County - David B. Sisk *
Co. H, 147th Illinois Infantry
Mills County - Marion T. Davis *
4th Iowa Infantry (released, too young)
Tabor Blues (State Militia)
Silver Creek Cavalry Rangers (State Militia)
Mitchell County – Charles W. Mills *
Co. I, 98th New York Infantry
Monona County - Marion Morgan *
Co. K, 29th Iowa Infantry
Monroe County - Harvey A. Bloomfield *
Co. G, 21st Missouri Infantry
Montgomery County - Hiram Finley *
Co. A, 14th Iowa Infantry
Muscatine County - Charles F. Regnier *
Co. H, 1st Ohio Light Artillery
O’Brien County – James P. Martin *
Co. H, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Osceola County - Thomas O. Wilbern *
Co. C, 153rd Illinois Infantry
Page County - John M. Gudgel *
Co. K, 148th Illinois Infantry
Palo Alto County - Franklin E. Jones *
Co. K, 49th Wisconsin Infantry
Plymouth County - Andrew J. Crouch *
Co. G, 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
Pocahontas County - William A. Marther *
Co. H, 8th Iowa Infantry
Polk County - Jacob J. Neuman *
Co. I, 148th Illinois Infantry
Pottawattamie County - Sylvester E. Flummer *
Co. K, 118th Indiana Infantry
Poweshiek County - Charles Van Doren *
Co. B, 155th Illinois Infantry
Ringgold County - Harrison R. Crecelius *
Unassigned Indiana Volunteers
Sac County - George Matson *
Co. E, 82nd Illinois Infantry
Scott County - John M. Thumm *
Co. 12th Ohio Light Artillery
Shelby County - William J. Blair *
Co. I, 7th Iowa Infantry
Sioux County - John H. Huyck *
Co. E. 134th Illinois Infantry
Story County – Charles Hamilton *
152nd New York Infantry
Tama County – James W. Willett *
Taylor County - Benjamin F. Akers *
Co. A, 22nd Iowa Infantry
Union County - Chester L. Dickenson *
Co. I, 6th Michigan Heavy Artillery
Van Buren County – Eli W. McKinney *
Co. K, 45th Iowa Infantry
Wapello County – Michael P. Franz *
Co. A, 20th Iowa Infantry
Warren County - Charles Hester *
Co. I, 148th Illinois Infantry
Washington County – Lewis F. Sigafoose *
Co. K, 22nd Iowa Infantry
Wayne County – William H. Earnest *
Co. D, 189th Ohio Infantry
Webster County – William R. Lindsley *
Co. H, 49th Wisconsin Infantry
Winnebago County - Andrew N. Brones *
Co. I, 43rd Wisconsin Infantry
Winneshiek County - Ancil O. Ash *
Co. E, 47th Wisconsin Infantry
Woodbury County - Michael J. Hawk *
Co. I, 78th Ohio Infantry
Worth County – Homer Doolittle *
Co. H , 49th Wisconsin Infantry
Wright County - James T. Jackson *
Co. D, 36th Wisconsin Infantry
Centennial Edition, Muscatine Journal
Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa
May 31, 1940
Fewer than 100 Veterans of Civil War Survive in Iowa
Des Moines -- (AP) -- This year, for the first time since the "boys in blue" came marching home in '65, there are fewer than 100 Civil war veterans in Iowa. State G.A.R. headquarters here today listed 95 veterans of the war between the states as still living in Iowa, in contrast to the 76,000 who answered the call of Lincoln from 1861 to 1865.
The average age of these men is 94.2 years. The youngest is 90; the oldest, 101. Membership in the Iowa department of the Grand Army of the Republic exceeded 20,000 at its peak about 1890. Now there are 45 counties without even one Civil war veteran still living.
Most of the remaining counties have only one. Only Cerro Gordo (Mason City), Dubuque, Lucas (Chariton), Marshall, Muscatine, Page (Shenandoah, Clarinda), Mahaska (Oskaloosa), and Polk (Des Moines), have more. Muscatine has three remining, two in Muscatine and one in West Liberty.
Ten counties lost their G.A.R. member in the past 12 months. A year ago, there were 145 Civil war veterans in Iowa, living in 64 counties.
James W. Willett of Tama, elected state commander of the G.A.R. at the 1939 encampment, died May 13, while still in office.
At the latest official report, March 31, the Grand Army of the Republic listed 2,655 members in the United States, with deaths reported at the rate of 100 per month. There were 52,192 widows of Civil war veterans living on March 31.
Counties without any Civil war veterans living are: Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Bremer, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cedar, Chickawaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Kossuth, Lee, Louisa, Lyon, Madison, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Scott, Shelby, Tama, Union, Winnebago, Worth and Wright.
The list and age of veterans reported by state G.A.R. Headquarters follows, by counties:
Appanoose - Byron D. Bates, 93, Cincinnati, Ia.; Edward Streepy, 95, Udell, Ia.
Audubon - John C. Bonwell, 97, Gray, Ia.; William H. Jay, 94, Audubon, Ia.
Benton - Dr. William A. Vincent, 93, Belle Plaine, Ia.
Black Hawk - Henry Bray, 96, Waterloo, Ia.
Boone - Frank Ritter, 94, Boone, Ia.
Buchanan - George W. Kays, 92, Independence, Ia.
Buena Vista - Charles P. Matson, 93, Storm Lake, Ia.
Cass - A.D. Bullock, 94, Atlantic, Ia.; Edwin Perry, 92, Cumberland, Ia.
Cerro Gordo - Nathan G. Thorn, 90, Mason City, Ia.; Rockley Whipple, 100, Mason City, Ia.; John R. Williams, 94, Mason City, Ia.
Cherokee - Nicholas T. Wells, 94, Marcus, Ia.
Clarke - Hiram A. Wirick, 94, Osceola, Ia.; Theodore Yetts, 94, Hopeville, Ia.
Clinton - John Avery, 94, Clinton, Ia.; Jacob W. Liebler, 96, Calamus, Ia.
Dallas - Charles S. Curler, 91, Perry, Ia.
Decatur - Jonas P. Hoffhines, 99, Leon, Ia.; James H. Pitman, 95, Leon, Ia.
Des Moines - Edmund B. Davis, 96, Burlington, Ia.
Davis - Benjamin S. Armstrong, 95, Bloomfield, Ia.; William J. Shuck, 98, Bunch, Ia.
Dubuque - James H. Jackson, 96, Dubuque, Ia.; A.E. Keen, 92, Dubuque, Ia.; Frank L. Quade, 93, Dubuque, Ia.
Fremont - Larkin Miller, 94, Hamburg, Ia.; Phineas H. Drake, 96, Tabor, Ia.
Greene - Robert G. Martin, 91, Rippey, Ia.
Guthrie - John Palmer, 96, Bayard, Ia.
Hancock - Llewellyn Lewis, 94, Klemme, Ia.
Harrison - Sylvester Pockett, 91, Dunlap, Ia.; Cyrus E. Cross, 93, Mondamin, Ia.
Humboldt - Charles H. Lingenfelter, 98, Dakota City, Ia.
Jasper - Elliott P. Taylor, 94, Newton, Ia.
Jefferson - Joseph H. Alverson, 95, Batavia, Ia.; John A. Smithline, 93, Fairfield, Ia.
Johnson - Ebenezar S. McMurray, 95, Iowa City, Ia.
Jones - James S. Lawson, 92, Olin, Ia.; Mark H. Morse, 98, Wyoming, Ia.
Keokuk - James Williams, 93, Sigourney, Ia.
Linn - Samuel J. Beck, 92, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; George S. Bushnell, 91, Cedar Rapids, Ia.
Lucas - William Humphreys, 96, Chariton, Ia.; Robert Killen, 96, Lucas, Ia.; Henry A. Newhouse, 93, Lucas, Ia.
Mahaska - Jacob Watland, 96, New Sharon, Ia.; Henry A. White, 93, University Park, Ia.; Henry T. White, 95, Oskaloosa, Ia.
Marion - William H.H. Barker, 99, Harvey, Ia.; Robert A. Millen, 93, Melcher, Ia.
Marshall - Benjamin M. Crookshank, 94, Marshalltown, Ia.; and Joseph R. Coffin, 94, James H. Firman, 91, Peter Garver, 96, Sylvester Manship, 92, Silas Parker, 101, and David B, Sisk, 94, all of the Iowa Soldiers' home.
Mills - David M. Taylor, 93, Malvern, Ia.
Montgomery - Hiram Finley, 98, Stanton, Ia.; Joseph E. Kenworthy, 92, Grant, Ia.
Muscatine - August Eichoff, 93, Muscatine, Ia.; Joseph H. Miller, 92, Muscatine, Ia.; Charles F. Regnier, 95, West Liberty, Ia.
O'Brien - James P. Martin, 92, Sutherland, Ia.
Page - Matthias Baker, 95, Shenandoah, Ia.; Shelby S. Bertram, 96, Shenandoah, Ia.; John M. Gudgel, 92, Shenandoah, Ia.; Charles Sinn, 90, Clarinda, Ia.
Plymouth - Andrew Crouch, 91, Le Mars, Ia.
Polk - John C. Ash, 97; Russell B. Bever, 96; Harrison Cole, 91; John S. Merriam, 95; James McHargue, 95; J.J. Neuman, 93; T.J. Noll, 95; and Alvin Smith, 96, all of Des Moines, Ia.
Pottawattamie - Sylvester Flummer, 93, Council Bluffs, Ia.
Poweshiek - Charles Van Doren, 94, Grinnell, Ia.
Ringgold - H.H. Crecelius, 93, Redding, Ia.
Sioux - John H. Huyck, 93, Hawarden, Ia.
Story - Charles Hamilton, 100, Ames, Ia.
Taylor - Benjamin F. Akers, 97, Gravity, Ia.
Van Buren - Eli W. McKinney, 95, Bentonsport, Ia.
Wapello - Michael France, 95, Ottumwa, Ia.
Warren - Charles Hester, 94, Indianola, Ia.; Anthony Snyder, 93, Lacona, Ia.
Washington - Lewis Sigafoose, 96, Washington, Ia.
Wayne - William H. Earnest, 91, Seymour, Ia.
Webster - William R. Lindsley, 98, Fort Dodge, Ia.
Winneshiek - Ancil O. Ash, 91, Decorah, Ia.
Woodbury - Michael Hawk, 93, Sioux City, Ia.
Chronological Order of Last Soldiers
1932/03/01 - Kossuth County - John H. Grover - age 93
1933/07/09 - Winnebago County - Andrew N. Brones - age 88
1934/08/10 - Worth County - Homer Doolittle - age 93
1935/07/11 - Allamakee County - D'Estaing Harrington- age 91
1935/08/02 - Grundy County - Horace B. Kelly - age 93
1935/08/02 - Palo Alto County - Franklin E. Jones - age 91
1936/03/03 - Shelby County - William J. Blair - age 89
1936/03/10 - Wright County - James T. Jackson - age 91
1936/05/28 - Dickinson County - Gifford S. Robinson - age 93
1936/06/22 - Osceola County - Thomas O. Wilbern - age 88
1937/01/19 - Howard County - Ira C. Wheeler - age 87
1937/02/07 - Pocahontas County - William A. Marther - age 90
1937/05/10 - Crawford County - Myron E. Rowe - age 90
1937/09/27 - Franklin County - Levi L. Conner - age 91
1937/11/14 - Louisa County - John F. Heins - age 96
1938/01/02 - Hardin County - Amariah T. Chandler - age 100
1938/01/04 - Emmet County - George W. Albee - age 92
1938/02/09 - Clay County - Frederick P. Pettygrove - age 97
1938/02/27 - Bremer County - Martin L. Stebbins - age 92
1938/03/11 - Cedar County - Martin W. Johnson - age 95
1938/04/01 - Clayton County - Edwin W. Stanton - age 90
1938/04/18 - Mitchell County - Charles W. Mills - age 90
1938/05/09 - Hamilton County - Elon N. Lee - age 97
1938/06/29 - Delaware County - Thomas N. Sedgwick - age 97
1938/10/07 - Jackson County - James H. Sutton - age 95
1938/11/26 - Butler County - Thomas Anderson - age 94
1938/12/17 - Iowa County - Francis M. Isenhart - age 97
1939/01/07 - Madison County - Aaron E. Cleveland - age 92
1939/03/07 - Chickasaw County - John N. Coleman - age 94
1939/04/19 - Carroll County - John A. Hood - age 96
1939/07/29 - Adams County - Darius P. Kerns - age 95
1939/09/19 - Calhoun County - Lewis W. Grimes - age 94
1939/11/09 - Sac County - George Matson - age 93
1939/11/24 - Fayette County - John T. Gager - age 99
1939/12/11 - Ida County - Paul Fox - age 92
1939/12/30 - Union County - Chester L. Dickenson - age 92
1940/01/01 - Floyd County - William J. Gange - age 102
1940/01/10 - Monroe County - Harvey A. Bloomfield - age 98
1940/02/02 - Lyon County - George W. Lyon - age 100
1940/02/10 - Monona County - Marion Morgan - age 93
1940/02/28 - Lee County - John Drain - age 96
1940/04/01 - Adair County - Lewis Lawson – 98
1940/04/26 - Buchanan County - George W. Kays - age 93
1940/05/06 - Scott County - John M. Thumm - age 94
1940/05/08 - Henry County - Joseph T. Ingrim - age 95
1940/05/13 - Tama County - James W. Willett - age 94
1940/08/13 - Davis County - Benjamin S. Armstrong - 95
1940/09/29 - Poweshiek County - Charles Van Doren - age 95
1940/10/22 - Decatur County - Jonas Hoffhines - age 100
1940/10/30 - Buena Vista County - Charles P. Matson - age 93
1940/11/16 - Woodbury County - Michael J. Hawk - age 95
1940/12/07 - Mills County - Marion T. Davis - age 93
1941/01/05 - Hancock County - Llewellyn Lewis - age 95
1941/01/25 - Lucas County - Robert Killen - age 97
1941/01/25 - Lucas County - William Humphreys - 96
1941/03/17 - Taylor County - Benjamin F. Akers - age 98
1941/04/08 - Story County - Charles Hamilton - age 101
1941/04/14 - Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell Whipple - age 101
1941/05/30 - Des Moines County - Edmund B. Davis - age 97
1941/06/23 - Clarke County - Theodore F. Yetts - age 94
1941/10/11 - Cass County - Adnah D. Bullock - age 95
1941/10/23 - Webster County - William R. Lindsley - age 98
1942/01/20 - Muscatine County - Charles F. Regnier - age 96
1942/02/10 - Sioux County - John H. Huyck - age 95
1942/09/18 - Keokuk County - James Williams - age 95
1942/12/01 - Guthrie County - John T. Palmer - age 98
1942/12/13 - Appanoose County - Edward Streepy - age 98
1943/03/10 - Pottawattamie County - Sylvester E. Flummer - age 97
1943/03/25 - Montgomery County - Hiram Finley - age 101
1943/04/14 - Cherokee County - Nicholas T. Wells - age 97
1943/04/20 - Benton County - William A. Vincent - age 96
1943/05/08 - Black Hawk - Henry A. Bray - age 99
1943/09/25 - Washington County - Lewis F. Sigafoose - age 99
1943/09/29 - Jefferson County - Joseph H. Alverson - age 99
1943/10/03 - Audubon County - John C. Bonwell - age 100
1943/11/21 - Polk County - Jacob J. Neuman - age 97
1943/12/07 - Harrison County - Sylvester Pokett - age 95
1943/12/25 - Jones County - Mark H. Morse - age 102
1943/12/29 - Linn County - George S. Bushnell - age 94
1944/01/05 - Dallas County - Charles S. Curler - age 95
1944/04/03 - Fremont County - Phineas H. Drake - age 100
1944/06/05 - Jasper County - Elliott P. Taylor - age 98
1944/06/21 - Boone County - Francis Ritter - age 98
1944/06/28 - Warren County - Charles Hester - age 98
1944/06/29 - Clinton County - John Avery - age 96
1944/08/30 - Greene County - Robert G. Martin - age 95
1945/01/11 - Plymouth County - Andrew J. Crouch - age 95
1945/02/20 - Mahaska County - Henry A. White - age 100
1945/03/04 - Wayne County - William H. Earnest - age 96
1945/03/08 - Winneshiek County - Ancil O. Ash - age 96
1945/05/10 - Dubuque County - Frank L. Quade - age 98
1945/05/11 - Humboldt County - Charles H. Lingenfelter - age 103
1945/06/17 - Wapello County - Michael P. Franz - age 100
1945/12/14 - Ringgold County - Harrison R. Crecelius - age 98
1946/02/22 - Van Buren County - Eli W. McKinney - age 98
1946/06/06 - Marshall County - David B. Sisk - age 102
1947/01/04 - Marion County - Robert A. Millen - age 99
1947/03/22 - Page County - John M. Gudgel - age 99
1948/06/20 - Johnson County - Ebenezer G. McMurray - age 103
1949/09/20 - O’Brien County - James P. Martin - age 101