Martin Phillip Stearns

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Martin Phillip Stearns

Haddenham, East Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Death 10 Dec 1867 (aged 38)
Volga, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Volga, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 79807462 · View Source
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Martin Phillip Stearns the son of Thomas Stearns and Mary Bull Stearns of England. Christening record spelled Sterns.

1870 England Census he was 13y working lived next door to parents Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire, England name spelled Starns.

March 2, 1858 Clayton County, Iowa married Catharine Tinkham.

Martin Phillip Stearns Citizen Paper a beautiful blue with Gold Trim is in the Volga City Court House records. September 21, 1863.

Martin died from the wound he received in the battle of Vicksburg.

His children received a pension and the receipts for how that money was spent were recorded by John Keeling a brother in law and are in the court house records. These include the purchase or their father's tombstone. (However it is not the one pictured here! The last time i saw it the writing was dim! Also had the baby son on same marker! Must find the picture of original stone.)
Iowa 21st Company C

Stearns, Martin. Age 33. Residence Volga City, nativity England. Enlisted Aug. 12, 1862.

Mustered Aug. 22, 1862. Wounded May 22, 1863 Vicksburg, Miss. Discharged for wounds June 23, 1863, Memphis Tenn.

Martin was wounded when a musket bullet hit his belt buckle and ruptured the peradomical cavity. Fecal matter continued to pass out the wound until his death about 4 years later.

The Iowa 21st 964 men trained at Camp Franklin (near Dubuque). Where they learned duties and received instructions. in the rudiments of the military and field experience. They were issued Enfield rifles (one of the best guns of that time). They were well equipped for service before leaving the state.

September 16, 1862 the regiment embarked transports and proceeded down the river to St. Louis, but being detained in Davenport and Montrose did not reach there until September 20.The short march from landing in St. Louis to Benton Barracks was a severe trial of endurance of the men. The weather was intensely hot and the march was made to rapidly. The men were heavily laden with knapsacks, blankets, arms and accoutrements and upon that four mile march endured greater sufferings than upon a long days march thereafter; when they had learned to live without the things contained in those knapsacks which then seemed to be necessities, and to disencumber themselves of pretty much of everything accept the rifle and its ammunition and a single army blanket.

(Iowa Soldiers)

John Thomas 1867 1867 buried by father

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Gravesite Details lot 73 Co. D 21st Ia. Inf.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martin Phillip Stearns (14 Dec 1828–10 Dec 1867), Find a Grave Memorial no. 79807462, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Volga, Clayton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Chris Falteisek (contributor 48559303) .