On a beautiful July day, high a top a hill at the SAMS Cemetery in Jasper County, Iowa, it is clear enough to see the Principal Building in downtown Des Moines. Closer to the actual site members of the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa, Iowa Sons of the American Revolution, the Iowa Military Heritage Society, the Iowa Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and other volunteers combined the research they had done with a little manual labor and saw to it that yet another previously unmarked Civil War veteran’s grave was graced with a granite VA supplied stone.
Robert Gannon, a Vietnam veteran is the man behind the project and a transcript and audio version of an NPR story on the subject can be heard at:
Iowa Cemetery Awakenings (IPR)
Plans are well underway for a very special occasion on September 24th, 2016 in which the public is encouraged and invited to participate.
Danny Krock, Mike Rowely, Bob Gannon & Jim Byal
Our Iowa’s 1812 Veterans page has been updated with the most current (through Feb. 14, 2016) lists. These are the lists of War of 1812 veterans who lived or are buried in Iowa as compiled by our historian Ron Rittel.
Iowa’s 1812 Veterans
The lists are also in a downloadable PDF format and are alphabetical by either the veteran’s name or the county in which they last lived (if known).
Each year members of the Iowa Military Heritage Society meet in the southern part of the state to hone their skills live firing weapons of all era’s. A few Iowa Society of the War of 1812 members also belong to the Iowa Military Heritage Society.
Iowa Society of the War of 1812 Past President Louie Zenti
Members qualified with a flint lock weapon of the Revolutionary War era as well as muskets from the Civil War era at both 50 and 100 yards.
After the formal morning session attendees had the opportunity for training and practice with the M1 Garand rifle of WWII era.
Iowa Military Heritage Society
Iowa Military Heritage Society members pictured above: (back row) Jim Braden, Dave Sample, Richard Grim, David Lamb, Ron Rittel, (front row) Jeff Rassmussen, Louie Zenti, Mike Rowley.
Shout out to Veronica Taylor and her helpers & students doing family tree research projects!
We received an email from Veronica back in January – I need to check up on the email more often. She writes:
As a peer mentor, I just wanted to say thanks for making your genealogy page – http://www.iowa1812.org/links/
With the middle of the school year upon us (can you believe it’s practically February?!), the kids have had some fun mid-term projects to do. A few of them are working on a family tree project. We’ve been looking for resources to cite and include, and your page has been a big help! Thanks again for making it!
We also wanted to pass along another page. It was actually the kids who found it!:
‘History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy’
It’s a fantastic reference guide. I’m sure you and your visitors would find it useful. Can you include it on your page? Let me know – I’d love to show my helpers! Encouragement goes such a long way with kids! I’ll actually be meeting with them tonight
Have a great weekend!
Thank you, Veronica! Glad your students are finding some our information and links useful. Sorry for not getting this posted sooner.
On July 5th, Members, David Lamb, Mike Rowley, Ron Rittel and Jim Braden of the GSW 1812 in the State of Iowa attended a ceremony at Red Oak Grove Presbyterian Church and Cemetery near Tipton, Iowa. They made special recognition to Isaac Carl a War of 1812 veteran buried there. Family members of Pvt Carl included 2 g-g-g-g-grand-daughters.
Photo below taken by Dana Lamb.
Left to right, Col Hapgood of the Iowa National Guard, David Lamb, Mike Rowley, Ron Rittel, Carl family member, Jim Braden, Carl family member, Frank Hannah and Richard Grim.
Link to Isaac Carl on Find A Grave
Congratulations to Mike Rowley and Tim Rowley!
Mike was elected President of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa at the Fall Meeting held in Des Moines this past weekend. In addition, Tim was elected Vice-President. They shall serve the 2014-2016 term.
Other officers remained the same:
- Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Rowley
- Registrar – Mike Rowley
- Historian – Ron Rittel
- Chaplain – Ron Sharp
- Chancellor – Lance Ehmcke
The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa will be having a joint meeting with the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Holiday Inn and Suites
4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa
The meeting will begin with lunch at 11:30 am.
Lunch will be ordered off the menu. In order to prepare for enough seating, please R.S.V.P. Volney Smith by Wednesday, October 15th, if possible. See contact information in the letter below (click letter for larger image).
The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa will be having a joint meeting with the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, October 18, 2014. More details to follow.
At that time the Society will be having an election for officers.
The Iowa1812.org webmaster joins the Society in welcoming new member Kelly Fitzpatrick of Cedar Rapids to the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa.
The latest issue of The Federalist has been posted.
Volume 2, Issue 1
In this issue you will find information about “Hell on the Wabash” (fife & drum tune); call for nominations of officers; the Battle of Credit Island; a profile of Benjamin Coleman Payne; and other items of interest.