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.
~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald and Times Journal, June 3, 1928 Read more about this battle!
Peter Holms / Holmes, a private in Captain Henry Godwin's Company, 5th Battallion, New York forces, is the only known veteran of the Revolutionary War to live in Clayton county. He served 3 years, from October 6, 1777 to January 15, 1780 and participated in the "Sullivan Expedition", which was a strike against the Iroquois Confederation in 1779. He is one of the 40 documented Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Iowa. Holms is buried in the Goshen cemetery. Biographies. Gravestone
War of 1812
Black Hawk Wars
(1832 & 1837)
Clayton county Civil War Veterans - An on-going Honor Roll of CW vets who were born, lived or died in Clayton county
Alphabetical by surname: A-B * C-E * F-J * K-Q * R-Z
These files update very frequently with additional names or other information
Clayton county Civil War Draft Registration, 1863
There were four drafts between 1863 and 1865, which included 3.175 million records. Historically, the 1863 draft was one of the most tenuous moments in the Union outside of the battles fought on Northern soil. Most of the concern was due to the draft riots that took place in New York in 1863. Listed were men of Class I & II, subject to do military duty in the Third Congressional District, consisting of the counties of Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Fayette in the State of Iowa, enumerated during the month of June, 1863, under directions of S.P. Adams, Provost Marshal. The following are the names of over 3,300 men on the 1863 Clayton county draft registration lists:
* 40th Sub-division - Jefferson, Millville, Buena Vista & Mallory townships
* 41st Sub-division - Sperry, Elk & Cox Creek townships
* 41st Sub-division - Volga, Cass & Lodomillo townships
* 42nd Sub-division - Boardman, Grand Meadow & Highland townships
* 42nd Sub-division - Marion, Monona & Wagner townships
* 43rd Sub-division - McGregor township
* 43rd Sub-division - Giard & Mendon townships
* 44th Sub-division - Clayton & Read townships
* 44th Sub-division - Farmersburg & Garnavillo townships
Engineer Regiment of the West - aka Bissell's Engineer Regiment of the West
Historical info. about the Regiment and from the Roster, soldiers enlisting from or discharging to Clayton county
Engineer Regiment of the West Soldier biographies
First Regiment Iowa Cavalry Volunteers
Co. K "The Union Rangers" - Brief history of the Company, Roster & soldier notes, Photos, Personal Sketches & Detatched Staff Reports
Clayton County Rangers muster roll - From the Weekly North Iowa Times, September 3, 1861
Fourth Iowa Cavalry Veteran Volunteers
Soldiers giving a Clayton co. residence - From "Roster of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry Veteran Volunteers, 1861-1865"
Twenty-first Iowa Infantry
21st Iowa - Clayton co. soldiers - Historical information, biographies, notes & comments, pension info. & more - compiled by Carl Ingwalson.
Surnames: A * B * C * D & E * F & G * H * J * K & L * M & N * P * R * S * T-V * W-Z
1872 Reunion of the 21st Iowa - From the Dubuque Herald, September 18, 1872
Ripley A. Hale & Samuel H. Knickerbocker - 21st Iowa & US Navy
Miscellaneous Civil War Records & Soldier Biographies
Biography of Frank Henry Beckmann, Co. D, 27th IA Inf.
Biography of Hiram Davis, Co. B, 68th OH Inf.
Biography of John Asa Gates, Co. C, 13th U.S. Infantry, 1st Battalion
Biography of Charles W. Hennrich, Co. D, 27th IA Inf.
Biography of Carl Knodt, Co. I, 27th IA Inf.
Biography of John Lenhart, 9th IA Inf.
Mendon twp. soldier list, 1882 - prepared by Assessor O.A. Kenyon
Ex-Soldiers, Sailors & Marines - 1885
Clayton co. Men who served from Iowa
Clayton co. Men who served from states other than Iowa
Clayton County Soldiers' Cenotaph Association - the association struggled to raise funds for a monument to honor the county's dead Civil War soldiers, while others argued that money was better spent to help their widows and orphans
Civil War Memorial - Pleasant Grove cemetery, McGregor
3rd Annual Encampment, 1888 - description of the encampment & roster of veteran attendees
Soldiers' Reunion, 1895
Civil War veterans get together, 1906 - surnames in news article: Boyce, Butts, Bywater, Cassady, Cheney, Converse, Curtis, Davis, Dull, Everall, Green, Hancock, Hemen, Littler, McClelland, Nelings, Olmsted, Otis, Randall, Schmitt, Sherman, Stratton, Surring, Turner, Wellman, Williams
Clayton co. Civil War Soldier's Discharge Records
German Officers in the Union Army - Clayton co. names
G.A.R. - Grand Army of the Republic Updated! March 2021
Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the G.A.R. - 1884-1934
Civil War Mother's Pension Files of Elizabeth Sparks - document 1 *document 2
Great War (WWI)
Clayton co. World War I Discharge Records Index - Records Registered with the County Recorder, 1918 -1928
This index has been contributed by the IAGenWeb Special Project 'Iowa in the Great War'
* A-D * E-I * J-L * Mc-O * P-R * S-T * U-Z * Discharges of men not appearing in the Index
All discharges from the Misc. 1 group have been transcribed.
World War I Clayton Co. Veterans Memorial - Pleasant Grove cemetery, McGregor
Miscellaneous Great War Records
The Case of David A. Henkes - compiled records
Clayton Men Leave for Camp Dodge - 1918 news article
Food administration & sale of war bonds in Clayton co. 1918
George V. Harrington discharge papers
Clayton co. WWII Honor Roll - Clayton co. men & women who served in WWII
Clayton co. Korean War Honor Roll Clayton co. men & women who served in the Korean Conflict
Clayton co. Vietnam War Honor Roll Clayton co. men & women who served in the Vietnam Conflict
Civilian Conservation Corps - 1933-1939
McGregor Camp #1754 - renamed Camp Coulee Des Sioux, Co. 1754
Service News - Misc. newspaper articles from all dates
Other websites with Clayton
co. military information
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IAGenWeb Special Project 'Iowa in the Civil War'
IAGenWeb Special Project 'Iowa in the Great War' (WWI)
IAGenWeb Special Project 'Iowa in World War II'
27th Iowa (composed of many Clayton co. men)
Kinyon Digital Library website: 'Clayton co. List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883'
Linda Linn's "Virtual Cemetery" Clayton County Civil War soldiers (Find-a-Grave)
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