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Bremer County: Waverly
GPS Coordinates: 42.715700 by -92.470000
Last Soldier Martin L. Stebbins
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Private Martin Stebbins (1845-1938) was the last living soldier of Bremer County. He served in Company F, 1st Iowa Cavalry. This regiment was first organized in 1861 and Private Stebbins joined it in January, 1864 at age 18. He was part of General Steele's expedition into Arkansas and other actions in Arkansas during 1864. In February, 1965, in Memphis, it clashed with Confederate Cavalry under General Nathan Bedford Forrest's command. After the War's end, the regiment served on occupation duty in Texas until February, 1866 under the command of General George Armstrong Custer. After being mustered out, Private Stebbins worked in a harness shop in Waverly - he purchased the shop in 1870 and operated it for over a half a century. He held leadership positions in the GAR Robbins Post 267 in Waverly over many years.
During a snowstorm on April 27, 2019, a ceremony was held to honor Private Stebbins and mark his grave as the last soldier of Bremer County. This was held in Harlington Cemetery, Block 8, in Waverly. The SUVCW and Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable coordinated the ceremony - other participants included the Waterloo JROTC and the American Legion. Thanks to Jo Porter and Dr. Terry Lindell for providing historical information.