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REVOLUTIONARY WAR. The single military action fought in what today is Iowa occurred when Jean Marie CARDINAL was attacked by the British at the mouth of CATFISH CREEK, south of the present City of Dubuque.

There was a 63-year gap between Iowa’s statehood and the end of the war. Many of the soldiers who fought in the war were quite young, often between 14- and 16-years-old. Many of the veterans who survived the war and moved west lived to be around 80.

According to an article published in the Des Moines Register at an unknown date, there are at least 39 Revolutionary War veterans buried in the state. This number could be larger because second burial sites were popular. Some families moving west brought their dead with them.

One woman who gathered information and created a list of Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the state was Mrs. Shepherd, the wife of a former state representative. Between the 1840s and 1850s, her work on Iowa census records made it clear that many of the veterans lived to an old age. A Benjamin Bell, from Pennsylvania, was born in 1751 and died in Webster County, Iowa, in 1853 (making him 102-years-old). Others on the list created by Mrs. Shepherd included:

Timothy Brees, New Jersey private, died in Lee County at 86 in 1847, was buried in Lost Creek Cemetery 5 miles north of Fort Madison.

Nathaniel Fellows, New Hampshire private, died at 79 in Johnson County in 1837. A highway went over his grave site and there is a memorial stone along Highway 6 at Coralville.

Abraham Horshe, of the Pennsylvania militia, was living at 83 year of age in 1850 in Muscatine. The grave was not located.

Mrs. Shepherd tried locating all Revolutionary War vets in the 1850s, but she stated that the graves of many veterans will never be located. A list of the war dead buried in Iowa may be found at: http://files.usgwarchives.net/ia/state/military/revwar/rwvtsia.txt



"Iowa Revolutionary War Monument," Online: https://www.theclio.com/web/entry?id=15706