The Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee has a mission of connecting the public to events, places, programs and people observing the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War in Iowa. The following activities have been endorsed by the committee.
University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums
New exhibit: "Gone to See the Elephant: The Civil War through the Eyes of Iowa Soldiers" open through May 26, 2013.
This exhibit examines the important role of the State of Iowa and the University of Iowa during the war, and features primary resources, artifacts, historical documents, and educational programs. Visitors will see how Iowa soldiers experienced daily camp life, faced injuries on the battlefield, survived prisoner camps and longed for home. www.uiowa.edu/oldcap/
Icaria, Adams County and the Civil War
June 1, 2013
French Icarian Village, Corning
Whether they were soldiers on the battlefield, supported the troops from the home front, or defended their state’s southern border, Iowans played an important role in the Civil War. The Icaria and Adams County men and their families shared in that sacrifice. Plan now to spend the day with us at America’s French Icarian Village site on June 1, 2013. The event is endorsed by the Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
This family oriented event will include a military encampment, recruiting scenarios, musket and cannon demonstrations, and a skirmish, storytelling, children’s games, a ladies tea, a presentation from President Abraham Lincoln, heritage craft demonstrations, and exhibits.
A Civil War Experience
June 8, 2013
Contact: Ginanna Barrow
Bonaparte Main Street, Inc.
P.O. Box 51
Bonaparte, Iowa 52620
Story County Civil War Sesquicentennial Observance
June 14, 2013, 12 p.m.
Rededication of the Confederate 3" Parrott Rifle and the commemorative tablet dedicated June 14, 1930 by the Women's Relief Corps will take place in front of the Story County Administration Building at 900 Sixth Street, Nevada. The event will also honor the 550 Civil War Veterans who are buried in Story County. Lieutenant Colonel Todd M. Jacobus of the Iowa Guard will speak, members of the Ames Children's Choir will lead the national anthem, and President Lincoln will honor us with a recitation of his Gettysburg Address.
The event is supported by National Woman's Relief Corps, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Story County Board of Supervisors, Story County Veterans Affairs, Iowa Genealogical Society, Ames Historical Society, Cambridge Historical Association, Gilbert Community Historical Society, Huxley Historical Society, Maxwell Community Historical Society, Nevada Community Historical Society, Slater Area Historical Association, Story City Historical Society, Story County Historical Alliance and Story County Genealogical Society.
For more information, call (515) 460-8304; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing but Victory"
Discover the stories of Iowa and those who served in America's bloodiest conflict in "Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory" at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Click here to read more about the exhibit and upcoming events.
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles; Company “A” 49th Regiment Veteran Volunteer Infantry/SVR Honor Guard for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
1305 Locust #7, Des Moines, IA 50309
Henry County Iowa Civil War 150th Committee
Various county events, tours, exhibits, Facebook and publications
Henry County Iowa Civil War 150th
PO Box 333
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
Madison County Civil War 150 Committee
Cemetery walks, preservation activities, speakers, displays
Madison County Civil War 150 Committee
316 S. John Wayne Drive
Winterset, IA 50273
Army of the Southwest Re-enactors
A large active group of re-enactors from Iowa.
Cedar Valley Civil War Round Table
The Cedar Valley Round Table is from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. They have regular monthly meetings.
Civil War Diary of Eugene Goodwin
Eugene Goodwin kept a diary while serving in the New York 99th Infantry Regiment. After the war, he was a teacher and later became a doctor in Baxter, Iowa. His granddaughter, Louise McKlveen, formerly of Prairie City, transcribed the diary.
Iowa 22nd Infantry Regiment
Information about the Iowa 22nd which is noted for leading the assault at Vicksburg on May 22, 1864 and for being one of few Iowa regiments that fought in the east. There is information about an excellent book that has just been published, "Vanishing Footprints", written by the Adjutant of the Iowa 22nd, Samuel Pryce.
A number of links to memorials and information about Iowa veterans from the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.
Iowa in the Civil War Project
Many links to Iowa Civil War Web sites. Included is the "Roster and Records of the Iowa Troops in the Rebellion", in which all Iowa soldiers are listed in alphabetical order by regiment.
Iowa Sons of Confederate Veterans
Confederates in Iowa? Yep! Read more about Confederate Veterans buried in Iowa.
Lamoni Iowa Civil War Days
One of Iowa's largest Civil War re-enactments.
Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War
Wonderful letters written by Private Newton Scott of the Iowa 36th Infantry Regiment to Hannah Cone. Both were from Albia, Iowa. They married after the war and raised 9 children.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Civil War Sesquicentennial site
Online exhibitions, slideshows, exclusive articles, and podcasts.
Iowa Civil War Monuments
A guide to Iowa Civil War monuments statewide provided by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.