Grand Army of the Republic

The Clinton County Historical Society Research Library also has military info.  The most wonderful thing I've seen is a beautiful book done by the Grand Army of the Republic.  It has most of the members listed with military biographies.  It is all handwritten and truly something to be treasured.  If you would like to know if your ancestor is listed, please contact the Hist. Soc.  If your ancestor was in the Civil War, one of the best informational sources you find may be from the GAR.  The Gen. N. B. Baker Post of Clinton seems to have been quite active.    GAR card

After the Civil War, veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).  At its peak in the 1890s, the GAR had posts and members throughout Iowa.  Post records give the name, birth date, birthplace (town and state), war record (regiment, enlistment date, date mustered out), wife's name and sometimes, the names and residences of children and parents. 

The LDS has microfilmed much of the GAR records. They are available online at The index cards generally provide the name of the person, his company and regiment, the state from which he served in the Civil War, and the number and city of the GAR post where he was listed.  Often the cards also give the exact birth date, county of birth, exact death date and place, name and location of cemetery, and parents' names.  The forms are on microfilm, are listed by county, and often contain the names of parents, spouse and children as well as pension info.  The Clinton County Historical Society has these cards and you can get copies from them.

This is an example of the information the cards contain. Some are very well filled out and some, unfortunately, only contain a name a very little other information. This one is for John Avery, Clinton's last civil war veteran.

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John Avery GAR Record

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John Avery GAR Record

Following is an index to the records with the birth and death dates, when available. For a copy of the card and, possibly, more information, please contact the CCHS.



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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:

1879 L. P. Allen History

1886 Portrait and Biographical Album

1891 Album of Clinton and Lyons

1901 Biographical Record

1886 Newspapers

1901 Newspapers

1911 Wolfe's History of Clinton County

History of Clinton Co., 1976

When Rafters Ruled



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