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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 07, 2013

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

"Profiles of Valor" available at State Historical Library

Book profiles Iowa's 57 Civil War Medal of Honor recipients

(DES MOINES) – A book about Iowa’s 57 Civil War Medal of Honor recipients is available for purchase at the State Historical Library in Des Moines and Iowa City.

Authored by Sen. Dennis Black of Lynnville, “Profiles of Valor: Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War” documents the 57 Iowa Civil War soldiers who received the Medal of Honor. The book is available at the State Historical Library, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, and at the Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. Softbound is $29.95 and hardcover is $44.95. Shipping is available for an additional fee.

Authorized in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest military award – is given for distinguished gallantry during hostile action. It is presented by the President of the United States in the name of Congress. Fewer than 3,500 soldiers have received the award, including 109 Iowans.

With 480 pages illustrated by more than 90 photographs, “Profiles of Valor” includes detailed biographical information about Iowa’s Civil War Medal of Honor recipients, medals and other Civil War-related scenes, including a history of events before, during and after the Civil War in Iowa.

Call 515-281-6200 (Des Moines) or 319-335-3916 (Iowa City) to order or for more information. Proceeds benefit the State Historical Society of Iowa.



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