1812 Veterans in Iowa

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).



Musket Fire

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 1912 Past President Louie Zenti

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.

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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

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!

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.


Isaac Carl

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.

Isaac Carl

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

2014-2016 Iowa Society President Elected

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

Fall Meeting Information

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.

Bennigan’s Restaurant
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).

SAR and GSW 1812 Iowa Fall meeting


Notice of Upcoming Joint Meeting

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.

Welcome New Member

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.

Welcome, Kelly!

Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 5

The latest issue of The Federalist has been posted.

Volume 1, Issue 5

In Issue 5 you will find information about events of 1814; a political cartoon of the time; a .64 caliber flintlock pistol; an ancestor profile of Johnn Martin Granger; and other items of interest.

I should also point out that Issue 4 is also available, though I missed getting a note about it on the home page.

Volume 1, Issue 4

Issue 4 has information about actor Chris O’Donnell’s appearance on the television show “Who Do You Think You Are?”; a breastplate from the Glengarry Light Infantry; “The Soldier’s Life” from the Legion Magazine; and the 42nd documented Revolutionary War soldier to be buried in Iowa – Matrom Mathew Elmore