Ceremony honoring last living Civil War soldier in Iowa

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

SUTHERLAND - There will be a ceremony in Sutherland on Saturday, June 18 at 1:00 P.M. to honor James P. Martin, Iowa’s last living Civil War soldier He passed away in 1949 at the age of 101, also one of the last in the country.

The ceremony will be held at Waterman Cemetery southeast of Sutherland. Martin was born in Scotland, grew up in Wisconsin, and served in the 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery in the Civil War. Later, he moved to the Sutherland area, farming and becoming a prominent citizen.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) have had a project to place a marker at the gravesite of the last soldier in each county in the state. Martin is both the last soldier of O’Brien County and the State of Iowa so it was decided to have a special ceremony in his honor.

It will be led by Danny Krock, past Commander of the SUVCW, Iowa Department. The Kinsman Camp Guards, a color guard unit dressed in Civil War uniforms, will be present. Also, the color guard for the Sutherland American Legion Post will participate.

There are many Martin descendants and relatives in the region and they and other residents are encouraged to attend on June 18.

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