The north wins again — in Muscatine

To Stu Willits, it’s no big deal that the Civil War-era cannon in the lobby of the Muscatine County Court-house faces north — even though cannons in Union states normally face their former Confederate foes.
“I’ve been to Gettysburg (National Park) three times. The cannons there face in all directions,” Willits, the jail expansion project manager [...]

“Wreaths Across America” Honors Troops in Iowa

Not even Saturday’s storm could stop dozens of people from honoring veterans at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.
Wreaths Across America is a nation-wide event that remembers the sacrifices of our troops during the holidays.
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‘Profiles of Valor’ book signing set

Author and State Sen. Dennis Black of Lynnville will sign copies of his most recent book Saturday during the annual Christmas by the Lake festival in Clear Lake.
Black will sign copies of “Profiles of Valor: Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dana’s Decorating Studio & Gift Shop, [...]

Old graves, new stones

Up to 70 re-enactors clad in replica Civil War uniforms and dresses of that era will converge on Oakland Cemetery Saturday to honor two veterans of that conflict.
The group will dedicate new headstones on the graves of George P. Pierson and Carmi W. Walker during back-to-back ceremonies that will feature music, rifle salutes and a [...]

Grant helps history come alive

A grant announced this week will help the Muscatine Art Center and its partners kick off next year’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
The $46,388 grant, awarded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, will pay for an exhibit that recreates a battlefield campground using Civil War artifacts.
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Civil War: Students learn women fought as men

During the American Civil War, women on both sides served as nurses, spies, cooks and other roles.
But as soldiers?
Believe it, Wayne Shoultz told an American history class at Louisa-Muscatine High School on Wednesday.
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Fundraising for new Civil War Monument gets major boost

A couple that wishes to remain anonymous has provided an incentive to spur replacing the Civil War Monument in the Muscatine County Courthouse Square.
For every dollar raised, this couple will match the donation.
And there’s no upper limit to the couple’s largesse, said Lee Miller, chairman of the Muscatine County Civil War Memorial Committee.
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Relive the past during Civil War, hobo activities

Many North Iowans  have a passion for history and every so often they take us on a trip “back in time.”
This weekend presents a couple of opportunities to relive the past.
In Mason City’s East Park, we can get a taste of life during the Civil War at  the 17th annual Battle and Encampment, which runs [...]

Life stories lie beneath these toppled headstones

Samuel Thomas – you’ve probably never heard of him. And I’m sure his name meant nothing to the teen marauders who recently toppled nearly 40 headstones at the Carlisle Cemetery. The tall, white pillar that once adorned his grave now lies in the grass, pushed over by insensitive buffoons seeking a cheap thrill. It seems [...]

Civil War comes to Hoover Museum

“Captain William Smith” of the 24th Iowa Infantry said there were nine steps in loading a rifle.
Being able to do those nine steps in as quickly as 20 seconds could mean the difference between life and death during a Civil War battle, he said.
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