Artifacts from Lincoln’s death on display Friday

Friday is Abraham Lincoln’s 201st birthday, but an event at the State Historical Museum will mark the occasion by focusing less on his first day of life than his last.
For one day only, visitors to the Des Moines museum will be able to see various artifacts from Lincoln’s assassination, including a blood-stained cuff from the [...]

‘History got lost’

It was an eye-opening moment for local historian Lee Miller.
Sixty-three names were missing from the Civil War monument that sits on the Muscatine County Courthouse lawn, and Miller decided to do something about it.
“We had to get them on there,” Miller said of his first reaction.
He started researching the names in early 2009. By September, [...]

Civil War re-enactor soldiers on for the Salvation Army

For 30 years, David Thompson of Ankeny served as a firefighter for the city of Des Moines. Now retired, Thompson is giving back to an organization he says made his job as a firefighter a little easier.
“I think it’s only right,” he said of his reasons for ringing bells for the Salvation Army. “I remember [...]

After 140-plus years, hero is remembered

The mortally wounded soldier had a single request in his last moments of life.
Make sure they bury me in a coffin, he pleaded with an Army nurse. Lying in a bare grave with no coffin brought more fear to the man than death itself.
The nurse, wearing a dress made of bed ticking and a straw [...]

Research spotlights female hero of Civil War

Iowa and the nation got the sad news with the first five words of a lengthy, grim front-page newspaper article. “Aunt Becky Young is dead.” No further identification would have been necessary on that day in 1908.
Tens of thousands of old soldiers from the East Coast to the western frontier – even some in the [...]

Gun show targets Civil War nostalgia

Unless you know what you’re looking at, there’s nothing to distinguish it from the other old guns on display, until you notice the price tag — $32,000. It’s an engraved .44-caliber Henry rifle manufactured in 1864. It played a role in sustaining the Union’s Civil War efforts when many were encouraging President Abraham Lincoln to [...]

Civil War Days returns to Belle Plaine

Civil War Days returned to Belle Plaine during the weekend of Sept.19-20, as re-enactors from throughout the Midwest participated in “The Battle of the Bridge.”
Foot soldiers, officers, calvalry and artillery units, wearing clothing nearly identical to that worn by the Union and Confederate forces 145 years ago.
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Walking in the shoes of Civil War soldiers

For history buff Tom Panther, a City High sophomore, the Civil War is his favorite time period to study.
So when Panther had the chance to walk in the shoes of a Union soldier — not to mention the pants, coat and the rest of the uniform — it was a thrill.
Panther was invited by his [...]

Davis Co. group nabs Civil War grant

Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, granted $400 to the Davis County Civil War Guerrilla Raid Society for the Sixth annual Davis County Civil War Days and Living History Encampment.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held Oct. 9 from noon to 9 p.m.; [...]

Blast From The Past

History buffs will be converging upon Mason City this weekend. Why, you ask?
For the 16th  annual Civil War re-enactment of course.
Four to five hundred re-enactors from all over the Midwest are expected to participate.
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