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This site is devoted to the memory of the Union soldiers that fought to keep our nation whole and free enslaved people during America's Civil War (1861-1865), those who became members of the Grand Army of the Republic, and their involvement with the state of Iowa. It will always be under construction as to remember each and tell their stories will take more than a lifetime. So, feel free to check back often.

It will begin with the Last Soldier Project that documents the last Union veteran to pass away as a resident of each of Iowa's 99 counties according to Iowa's Grand Army. There will be 100 of them as the last two in Lucas County died on the same day. Kossuth was the first county in Iowa to no longer have a Union veteran when John H. Grover passed away on March 1, 1932. Iowa lost her final veteran of that struggle on September 20, 1949, when James P. Martin of O'Brien County died. Ebenezer G. McMurray of Johnson County was the oldest at 103 years, 9 months, and 24 days. Howard County had the youngest to die, Ira C. Wheeler, at the age of 87 years, 8 months, and 12 days. [See the Last Soldier Project]

Next will be a listing of all Grand Army of the Republic Posts in Iowa. If a copy of the original Charter still exists in the Archives in Des Moines, a link to them and other items of interest will be found here. However, many Posts never returned items back to the Department of Iowa when they closed. [See Post items of interest at Iowa's G.A.R.]

Visit the Iowa Valor page, go to Iowa's S.U.V.C.W. Homepage, or see Iowa's Civil War Monuments.

Ron Rittel
Des Moines, Iowa

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