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Today, my photo comes from Iowa — where this simple stone has a nice coating of yellow lichen. Morand-Rudolph-military.JPG

The 1900 census shows Rudolph as being born in June of 1826 in Switzerland, and living currently (in 1900) in LeClaire, Iowa.  Married to Margretta Morand in 1880, and with a son, Rudolph (age 23).

I found information on his military service in the roster and record of Iowa Soldiers in  the “War of Rebellion.”  The “War of Rebellion” is what is commonly called the United States Civil War, although in some states, it’s called the War of Rebellion, or The Great Rebellion.   The record shows that he was promoted to Full 6th Corporal on November 23, 1862, and had enlisted in Company K, Iowa 20th Infantry Regiment back on August 23, 1862.  He was promoted to Full 3rd Corporal on December 11, 1862 and promoted again to Full 2nd Corporal on April 15, 1863.  He mustered out on January 6, 1864 — and obviously, from his date of death in 1911, survived the war (although I did not find any information on his cause of death).

His wife is buried next to him:Morrand-Margaretha.JPG