In the early years, Boone County settlers found themselves in various land and territory conflicts. The earliest tale involves the conflict between an indian cheif and an early settler, Henry Lott. The conflict with Native Americans continued with the Inkpaduta War. The early settlers also found themselves in conflict with one another in the Pardee Siege and with the river company in the River Land Skirmish.
The first major event in Boone County military history was the Civil War. In the spring of 1861, the War Department made a call for volunteers. Iowa was asked to provide one regiment, which it exceeded by nine regiments. By the end of the war, Iowa had furnished 48 infantry regiments, and nine calvary regiments.
During the period between the Civil War and World War I, Iowa troops were called into service during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection.
Boone County citizens continued to step up and follow the call of duty during World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and most currently the War in Iraq. Learn more about Iowa's military history by visiting the Army National Guard and the Iowa GenWeb special projects, Iowa in the Civil War and Iowa in the Great War.
Military records for genealogical research can be requested from the National Archives and Record Administration.
Sewell Van Alstine describes his experiences as a soldier in the 95th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. The diary contains entries from Sept. 1863 to October 1864. The complete transcript starts here You can see the diary at: Front cover - (Book online at The University of Iowa Libraries: Iowa Digital Library)