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IMG_0063This book like several others that exist around the nation provide a historical glimpse into the military lives of Union soldiers during the American Civil War.  Typically these books were developed locally and contain specific sketches from members of a local unit or geographic area.  In our book’s case it contains the war sketches of members of the E.D. Baker Post no. 80 Grand Army of the Republic  (G.A.R).  Mrs. Mary Allison Harker presented this book to the G.A.R. Post on the evening of October 4, 1899, a Wednesday.  The event was noted in the preface of the book as an event “which will never pass from the minds of an member present.”

Other details of the evening as described in the Preface to the book indicated that the presentation of the book was done at the Court House and a banquet meal was served at 6 O’Clock.  The evening also included an “excellent program of vocal and instrumental music.”  When the events of the evening were concluded Mrs. Harker held a reception for the “boys in blue” at her home with “music and dainty refreshments whiled away the remaining hours of a memorable and never-to-be forgotten evening.”

Inside the beautifully leather bound book one will find hand written sketches by the Civil War Veterans, preserved in their own hand writing for generations to come.  The original book is property of the Harker family and is on display in the house.

The book also includes a brief sketch, in this case personal biography, of Mrs. Mary Allison Harker prior to the hand written entries of 64 veterans.  All of the original entries in the book are signed and hand written.  Around 2012/2013 the Harker Foundation with the help of a student intern from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake had the contents of the book transcribed and made into a digital document which is available here on our web page.  In addition, the book was taken to the University of Iowa Library in Iowa City, Iowa where historians and archivists completed work to restore and preserve the book for future generations.

Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Mary Allison Harker and her children and grandchildren including Marie Harker Marshall this book has been preserved.

 

Cover

Copyright

Preface

Index

Record of Presentation and Acceptance

Personal Sketch Biography of Mary Allison Harker

Orville James.

7

George Currier.

8

Herman P. Manly 

9

Daniel S. Spragg.

10

John-A. Barnes

11

J. A. P. Harlan.

12

Frederick Meinhard.

13

Eliss W. Benson.

14

Walter L. Clemons.

15

Leonard Johnson.

16

George W. Santee.

17

J. M. Porter.

18

E.F. Tarnsworth.

19

Jesse Detrick.

20

Patrick Clancy.

21

Elias B. Milles.

22

Truman S. Chapel

23

Edward W. Haynes

24

William W. Cromwell

25

William Reese

26

William Holmes

27

James W. Betherds

28

Enos Thayer

29

James Taylor

30

Charles W. Moore

31

Joseph A. Dean

32

Lewis Shaddinger

33

Gifford S. Robinson

34

Herbert D. Sage

35

Horatio Doolittle

36

Oscar L. Hale

37

Loyal E. Ballou

38

Stephen L. Clark

39

Charles N. Fotman

40

Fayette S Ranney

41

James H. Haughey

42

Amos Hallock

43

William J. Preston

44

Samuel D. Carson

45

Joseph K Hills

46

George Armstrong

47

R Mason Ash

48

Martin A Dunstine

49

Walter L. Clemons

50

S. R Ward

51

Reuben Holcomb

52

John Wilcox

53

C P Matson

54

A F Stevens

55

Rudold Brecher

56

Christian Stamm

57

Henry G. Moore

58

Neils Madsen

59

Jacob Brecher

60

Leslie Greenwood

61

C. Everett Lee

62

Warner L. Vestal

63

Wm Warren Wedgewood

64

Peter Anderson

65

A. D. Reed

66

W.W. Kerlin

67

S. J. Moyer

69

Schultz Martine

68

Horace A Day

70



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