Did you know?

... that a battle of the Revolutionary war was fought within the present confines of the state of Iowa?

It was a small engagement, of course, a chance encounter between British and American fur traders, which led to the clash of arms between the crews of two crude boats in 1780 at the mouth of the Turkey river, in Clayton county.
~source: Dubuque Telegraph-Herald and Times Journal, June 3, 1928

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Peter Holms, of the New York, 5th Battalion regiment, is the only known Revolutionary War soldier to have lived in Clayton co. He died in 1850 & is buried in the Goshen cemetery.

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Clayton county, Iowa Neighbors
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Clayton County, yellow in the above map, is situated in the northeastern part of the State of Iowa.
The eastern boundry is the Mississippi River and Grant co., Wisconsin on the opposite shore of the river. Note: this website is currently not available.
The western boundry is shared with Fayette co., Iowa
The northern boundry is shared with Allamakee co., Iowa
The southern boundry is shared by Dubuque co., Iowa and Delaware co., Iowa

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