Recognition for Last Soldiers of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties, Iowa
The Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable has partnered with the Iowa Sons of Union Veterans to recognize Henry A. Bray and Martin L. Stebbins, the last Civil War veterans to die in Black Hawk and Bremer counties. Special markers will be placed at their graves on Saturday, April 27. The recognition program, conducted by the Sons of Union Veterans, is similar to the burial service for Civil War veterans. The color guard will be ROTC units from Waterloo's East and West High Schools.
Recognition for Henry Augustus Bray begins at 10:00 AM at Elmwood Cemetery, 225 Elmwood Street, Waterloo, Iowa. Bray served in Co. F 76th Illinois Infantry and relocated to Waterloo after the war. Mike Magee will give the tribute to Bray. In attendance will be Mary Yetter, a great niece of Bray. Direction signs will be posted at the cemetery entrance to help find the grave.
Recognition for Martin Lyman Stebbins begins at 1:00 PM at Harlington Cemetery, 4th Street SW and 8th Avenue SW, Waverly, Iowa. (4th Street SW is Business 218.) Stebbins served in Co. F 1st Iowa Cavalry. Terry Lindell will give the tribute to Stebbins. Direction signs will be posted at the cemetery entrance to help find the grave.
Both events are open to the public. Contact the Roundtable at: [email protected] or 319-984-9268 if further questions.