G.A.R. Post: E. M. Stanton Post #86 Arlington, WA
7th IOWA VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Organized: 4/27/63 Davenport, IA.
Mustered out: 6/22/66
The formation of the 7th cavalry proceeded slowly but was finally completed during the summer of 1863 at Camp Hendershott, Davenport, IA, by a consolidation of companies previously assigned to other units.
During the three years of its existence the 7th had elements scattered over a wide area with each company engaged in duties required "on the Frontier." Constantly threatened, and frequently invaded by a savage enemy the 7th garrisoned posts, escorted trains, protected emigrants, guarded line of travel/telegraph and had frequent battles with Indians.
Residence: Floris, IA Age: 21 yrs.
Enlisted: 12/12/62 Rank: 7th Cpl.
Mustered In: 1/2/63
Discharged: 1/31/66 Omaha, NB
Highest Rank: 7th Cpl.
Aaron L. Blair, son of John and Sarah Blair was born 3/30/43 in Fountain Co., Indiana. When a child, he and his parents moved to Iowa. In 1861 Aaron married Cynthia Morgan. Though but 18 years of age when the drums sounded the call to arms Aaron at once enlisted in the Union Army. After the close of the war Aaron was involved in building a railroad between Missouri and Kansas.
In 1887 he came to the Pacific Northwest by canoe and began farming. In 1892 he erected a comfortable home in Arlington, WA and became engaged in real estate. Aaron was Post Commander of Stanton Post for several terms. He died 9/17/13. Surviving were his wife, one son, William, a daughter Louisa (Neff). Mr. Blair requested to be buried at the G.A.R. Cemetery amongst the comrades he had served so faithfully. Cynthia is buried next to him.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Bothell , WA
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