Cemetery Appreciation Month

General Society of the War of 1812  In The State Of Iowa President Mike Rowley joined with members of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) at the signing of the Proclamation to declare May as “Cemetery Appreciation Month” by Iowa Governor and United States Ambassador to China nominee Terry Branstad.

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President Rowley (far left in the photos) shared with the Governor the fact that members of the Iowa Society have documented nearly 900 veterans of the War of 1812 that are buried in the State of Iowa.

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Photos by Chance McElhaney

Veterans Day 2016

2016 Compatriots of the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa
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At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in observance of what we now call Veteran’s Day, members of the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa observed 2 minutes of silence and performed at wreath laying ceremony at Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines Iowa.
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Pictured is Mike Rowley, President of the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa.
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Photo by Mary Rowley/Submitted by Mike Rowley

Old Fort Madison – Remembering the Fallen

There is a Memorial Day weekend event planned at Old Fort Madison as posted on www.fortmadison-ia.com.

Remembering the Fallen: Old Fort Madison’s Bicentennial Memorial Dedication

10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Join the staff and volunteers of Old Fort Madison for a living history weekend dedicated to remembering those that gave their lives at Fort Madison between 1808 and 1813. Re-enactors representing both sides of the War of 1812 will be demonstrating their weapons, drill, clothing, equipment and living conditions. On May 28, there will be a memorial and interpretive sign dedication at the replica site in Riverview Park, as well as a display of artifacts (including an original uniform) uncovered by the Office of the State Archaeologist of Iowa and walking interpretive tour of the original site. Old Fort Madison is located in Riverview Park, Fort Madison, Iowa.

Sounds interesting!

Fort Madison April Events

An interesting article by our good friend Eugene Watkins at the Old Fort Madison historical site was posted on the website of the Fort Madison Daily Democrat:  FM saw early stages of War of 1812.

Old Fort Madison will commemorate these events and the spring Sac and Fox rendezvous on April 13-15, with trader and Indian encampments, as well as skirmishing, military drills and cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The Old Fort’s site manager, Dr. Eugene Watkins, will also give a lecture at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, on Fort Madison and the early stages of the War of 1812 in the Officers’ mess area.

Also on Saturday, April 14, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., the Old Fort will provide a lantern tour of the fort, in which visitors will be guided through different scenarios recreating events of the first siege.

Regular admission prices apply.

The Southeast Iowa Military History Association is also planning a pancakes and biscuits and gravy breakfast on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 7 a.m., in front of the gift shop building, to raise money for the purchase of clothing and equipment for the Old Fort’s staff and volunteers. The cost will be $4 for adults and $2 for children 14 and under.

For more information on a visit or to participant as a reenactor, contact Dr. Watkins at (319)-372-7700, ext. 275.

Bicentennial Medal

The General Society of the War of 1812 has a War of 1812 Bicentennial Medal now available for purchase.

As can be seen in the photo, the design features the Seal of the General Society of the War of 1812.  The medals are available to both members of the society and the general public for $50 each, though discounts may be available for multiple quantities.

For more information or to order, contact Quartermaster General John Dickie at the address listed on the General Society’s Merchandise page.

Silver 1812 Bicentennial Canada Dollar

If you’ve been following our website since the beginning, then you probably have seen the post about the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins the US Mint is issuing this year to commemorate the War of 1812 and the origin of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Well, the Royal Canadian Mint is also issuing a commemorative silver dollar coin this year with a War of 1812 theme.

“Honouring the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with this special collector coin pays tribute to some of our greatest national heroes and a crucial moment on the road to Canadian nationhood,” said the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint.  “The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to take the unprecedented opportunity in 2012 to learn more about our history and take pride in our traditions”.

Designed by accomplished military artist Ardell Bourgeois of British Columbia, the 2012 Proof Silver Dollar which celebrates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, features a British Sergeant, a Voltigeur Canadien, and an Iroquois warrior united in the defence of their border against an approaching invader.  Behind them is a map showing part of the Great Lakes and Southwestern Ontario, where United States forces sparked the conflict by invading the territory of the future city of Windsor, Ontario on July 12, 1812.

If you are interested you can read more about Canada’s 99.99% silver content War of 1812 collector coin in their news release posted on their website:

Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates Bicentennial of the War of 1812
with New 2012 Proof Silver Dollar Collector Coin

 

Fort Madison Burials

A few days ago, Eugene Watkins made contact with us about some research he has done into soldier’s burials in unmarked graves at or near the original location of Fort Madison.  Mr. Watkins is the site manager at “Old Fort Madison,” a historical interpretive site in Riverview Park in the City of Fort Madison, Iowa.

Eugene stated, “The exact location of the fort’s cemetery is unknown but it is believed to be near where the fort stood.  The fort site and adjacent battlefield area are vacant parking lots today slated for development, which, if purchased and built over, will cost us the last obtainable battle site associated with Tecumseh’s 1812 offensive as well as one of Iowa’s largest battlefields and earliest settlements.  We hope to place several battlefield interpretive markers on city property around the edges of the site, as well as a small memorial sign listing the men who are still buried here on 28 May 2012.”  He also provided the following list of known soldiers buried in the area:

Soldiers Buried at Fort Madison 1808-1813

Sergeant Samuel Keeley
12 October 1808 (Disease) Pinkney’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Corporal George Ilginfritz
March or April 1809 (Disease) Pinkney’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Nicholas Tracy
2 August 1809 (Disease) Pinkney’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private John King
19 September 1809 (Disease) Pinkney’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Daniel O’Flanagan
22 February 1810 (Disease) Pinkney’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private James Moore
October 1811 (Disease)  Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Hugh McNeal
5 February 1812 (Disease) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Corporal James Leonard
3 March 1812 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Gregory Rogan
April 1812 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private John Cox
5 September 1812 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Thomas Sampson
2 June 1813 (Drowned) Owens’ Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Samuel Heritage
8 July 1813 (KIA) Desha’s Company, 24th U.S. Infantry

Private John Minard
8 July 1813 (KIA) Owens’ Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Corporal William Elsey
16 July 1813 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private Thomas Faulkner
16 July 1813 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private John Bowers
16 July 1813 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Private John Ritts
16 July 1813 (KIA) Stark’s Company, 1st U.S. Infantry

Taylor’s Rock River Expedition August-September 1814

Private John Pointer
31 August 1814 (Buried at the Ruins of Fort Madison on 1 September)
Callaway’s Company, U.S. Rangers

Thank you, Eugene for the information!

Old Fort Madison will be hosting several events this year to commemorate the War of 1812 and the siege of Fort Madison.  You can find a schedule of those events on their new website http://oldfortmadison.org/.

We also have a new page here on our website that has additional information about Fort Madison.  You can see it here.

Thank you Northwood – Bicentennial Proclamations

As we close in on the Bicentennial of the official beginning of the War of 1812, June 18, 1812-2012, the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa is working to try and bring attention to the often called “Second War for American Independence.”  To this effort we have begun a campaign to get the Governor of the State of Iowa and the mayors of as many Iowa towns as possible to issue a proclamation designating June 18 as “The War of 1812 Remembrance Day” to urge all Iowa citizens to learn more about our country’s history, especially the War of 1812.

Our efforts are already beginning to pay off.  Mayor Randy Severson of the “Top of Iowa” town of Northwood became the first Iowa Mayor to issue the proclamation on January 6, 2012. We also understand that a few other towns have this on their agendas and will likely issue proclamations soon.

Northwood War of 1812 Remembrance Day Proclamation

Thank you, Northwood, Iowa!