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These are Civil War bounty checks.  Evidently, you could draw money against the bounty you got for enlisting. If anyone has any information on this subject, I'd be glad to hear about it.


Iowa Civil War Soldiers who were members of the GAR in California

General O. M. Mitchell Post # 69 (Reno, Nevada)
Charles Johnston – born 7 Aug 1843 in IA; residence Camanche, IA; age 21; Private, Company C, 26th IA Infantry; veteran's pension application # 870,647 from NV on 11 Aug 1890; died 13 Jun 1920 at Reno, NV; buried Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, Reno, NV; widow's (Mary A. Connell) pension application # 1,160,723 from NV on 31 Jul 1920

Corinth Post # 80 (Marysville, California)
Ray Wakefield – born 1838 in VT; residence Lyons, IA; age 22; Private, Company A, 16th IA Infantry; Private, Company G, 8th CA Infantry; veteran's pension application # 21,449 on 6 May 1863; died 13 Sep 1915 at Seattle, WA; buried Washington Soldiers' Home Cemetery, Orting, WA

Dunham Post # 86 (Kingsburg, California)
John A. Brown – born NY; residence Clinton County, IA; age 22; Sergeant, Company K, 26th IA Infantry10; widow's (Mary E. Brown) pension application # 367,745 from CA on 18 Feb 1888

McDermit Post # 87 (Winnemucca, Nevada)
Benjamin F. Wood – born IL; residence Clinton, IA; age 18; Private, Company G, 31st IA Infantry; Private, Company G, 17th IA Infantry; veteran's pension application # 509,580 from NV on 28 Mar 1884; died 3 May 1930 at Grand Lodge, MI

Belmont Post # 101 (Auburn, California)
George G. Whittier – born NY; residence Lyons, IA; age 24; Private, Company I, 2nd IA Infantry; veteran's pension application # 339,596 on 21 Jan 1880; died 15 Aug 1928 at Honolulu, HI

Chattanooga Post # 115 (Nevada City, California)
Julius M. Walling – born IA; residence Camanche, IA; age 20; Sergeant, Company A, 8th IA Infantry; POW 6 Apr 1862 at Shiloh, TN; 1st Lieutenant, Company K, 61st US Colored Infantry; veteran's pension application # 1,353,099 from CA on 10 Oct 1906; member CA Commandery, MOLLUS (insignia # 04866); died 11 Jun 1931 at Nevada City, CA



From (invalid email): I have a photo album that belonged to Aaron P. Record who lived in Clinton County from 1855 on. He served in the 8th Iowa Inf. during the civil war and I have identified at least 10 members of the unit in the photo album. I would be willing to scan and e-mail anyone interested in the following people. Civil War photos of Lt. Colonel James L. Geddes, Captain Henry Muhs, Sergt. David Dwier, Corp. Peter Muhs, Corp. R.A. Swearengen, Corp. V.A. Shockey, John H. Babcock, Goe. M. Coffman, M.V. Nowels, A.H. Terry, and Chas. W. Wilson. I also have photos of people not in uniform identified in the album as the following people; Mary Cope or Cape, George Farrell, Bert Olin, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson, Josphine Himmil?, and an unknown male Gibson.

At the Clinton Library:

  • Case Files of Applications from former Confederates for Presidential Pardons 1865-1867 Internal Revenue Assessment Lists

Iowa provided over 76,000 troops to the Civil War, of which 13,000 died.  An index to the compiled military service records is: 

United States. Adjutant General's Office. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Iowa. National Archives Microfilm Publications: M0541. (FHL films 881808-36; computer number 279543.) This index lists each soldier's name, company, unit, rank in, and rank out.  There are also references to service in other units.  The actual service records have not been filmed and are only at the National Archives.

Three guidebooks to Iowa Civil War info are:

Meyer, Steve.  Discovering Your Iowa Civil War Ancestry. Garrison, Iowa: Meyer Pub., 1993. (FHL book 977.7 M2ms; computer number 914016.)

Robertson, James J., Jr. Iowa in the Civil War: A Reference Guide. Iowa City, Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa, 197-.  (FHL book 977.7A1 no. 40; fiche 6049713; computer number 150168.) This book mentions articles, eports, histories, letters, and diaries that have been published about the different regiments that were in the Civil War.

Stuart, Addison A. Iowa Colonels and Regiments: Being a History of Iowa Regiments in the War of the Rebellion and Containing a Description of the Battles in Which They Fought.  Des Moines, Iowa: Mills, 1865. (FHL book 977.7 M2s; film 1036165; computer number 242143.)


These are some views from the 1880 veterans reunion.  Would anyone have any more info on this event?

Civil War Reunion

Civil War Reunion

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The 1895 State Census of Iowa lists the company and regiment for any veterans of the "War of the Rebellion." With this information, you can then send for the military and/or pension file for your Civil War ancestors. If you would like to help transcribe this census - Email Me at





Clinton County History Books

Many books have been written that include information about Clinton County; indeed, they are still being published today.  Below are some that we have info from online: