20 Oct 16 --The Battle of Columbus, Georgia and Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients by Michael Vogt 

Michael Vogt is curator for the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history with a secondary teaching endorsement in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in United States history in 1997 from the University of Northern Iowa. 

Mike has received additional training through the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, the US Army Center of Military History, and The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. He served as a volunteer board member and board chair for the Iowa Museum Association and the State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees.

Michael is a past employee of the Historical Society of Marshall County, Iowa, Living History Farms, and the Center for American Archaeology in Kampsville, Illinois. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct history instructor for Grand View University, Simpson College, and Buena Vista University. 

He has published articles on Iowa and military history in magazines, newspapers, journals, and books including Iowa Heritage Illustrated, The Iowan, the Des Moines Register, Iowa History Journal, and The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa.

The Battle of Columbus, Georgia (also known as the Battle of Girard, Alabama), took place from March 22nd to April 24th, 1865. 

For more information on this historic battle, actually the last battle of the war, as well as information on this gigantic gun captured at the battle, check out the website here. Be sure to watch the informative video on the page too.

The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th Iowa Cavalry Regiments participated in Wilson's Raid to Selma, Alabama. 

General James H. Wilson led a force of 13,500 men, the largest mounted force ever assembled on the North American continent and faced troops under Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest's command. The raid at Columbus resulted in the destruction of the local iron works. 

Seven Iowans received the Medal Of Honor for their actions during this battle: 

  •     Sgt Norman Bates, Co F-4th Cavalry
  •     Pvt Edward Bebb, Co J-4th Cavalry
  •     Sgt Horatio Birdsall, Co B-3rd Cavalry
  •     Pvt Richard Cosgriff, Co H-4th Cavalry
  •     Pvt John Hays, Co H-- 4th Cavalry
  •     Corp Richard Morgan, Co H-- 4th Cavalry
  •     Pvt Andrew Tibbets, Co I-3rd Cavalry

Our meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at Veteran's Memorial Hall, 104 West Fifth, Waterloo. The hall is located on the west side of Waterloo, between the Cedar River and the parking ramp.

Upcoming Events

We have a number of interesting programs and events being planned around the area. 

Check out the details here.

Some Interesting Past Events...

Sons of Confederate Veterans Toolesboro Memorial Service

On September 24th the Iowa Division of the SCV conducted a  memorial ceremony by for Confederate Soldiers buried in  a mass grave in Mallory Cemetery near Toolesboro, Iowa. 

These soldiers died while in transit to the Rock Island Prisoner of War Camp on Arsenal Island at Rock Island, Illinois.

Rumors from Louisa County of clandestine stops by steamboats to bury deceased Confederate POWs have been mentioned for many years as remembered by various family members who lived in the area at that time. 

The Louisa County Historical Society and the Mallory Cemetery officials have documented the family stories and found them to be valid. A monument has been placed in the cemetery recognizing the various burials, some as mass graves and others as individual graves of the deceased POWs.

Click here for for more information and a slideshow of the ceremony.

Cedar Valley Union Soldier Memorial Bricks Project

Five memorial bricks sponsored by the Roundtable were installed in the plaza at Veteran's Memorial Hall on October 15th, 2015. 

The soldiers honored were from the Cedar Valley area, including one that is a Roundtable member's ancestor.

Here is a link to information about the installation program, the men and a slide show of pictures.

Memorial Marker Dedication for Mary Virden

Mary Virden

More information about these men and a slide show coming soon.


William Virden Tombstone Dedication 

William Virden (1787-1855) served in Hart's Co-Kentucky Militia-War of 1812.  

 His military headstone was set in April 2015. 

More information about these men and a slide show coming soon.


Headstone Dedication for Civil War Veteran Levi Jolls

Levi Jolls (1843-1933) served in Co. C 34th Iowa Infantry of the Union Army, also known as Waterloo's Own Home Company. He is buried in Waterloo's Fairview Cemetery.

A military headstone was set at his grave site in April 2015. The Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable conducted a dedication ceremony at the grave site on October 17, 2015.

More information about Pvt. Jolls and a slide show of the ceremony is here .

Civil War Forum Information and Slide Show

The Roundtable and the Western home presented a forum on Saturday, January 12, 2013. 

We had special displays, great speakers and a bunch of colorful characters.  Altogether a great day.

Check out the details here, including a collection of photos from the event.

Lee-Jackson Dinner - Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Iowa Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, in cooperation with the Staff at the State Historical Society Museum and in conjunction with the Civil War Display in the Museum, presented a program entitled Iowa and the Confederacy and How the South could have won the War or possibly achieved its Independence.

 This event was held on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at the Historical Society Museum in Des Moines. 

Check out the details and some photos here.

Some Stuff You Might Like...

Civil War Covers Collection

Jim Petersen, a Roundtable member, has an extensive collection of historic Civil War patriotic covers (envelopes) that he has generously made available for our enjoyment.

 Click here to view more about Jim's special collection.

Interesting Document from Museum of the Confederacy

Here's an interesting item we found on the Museum of the Confederacy website. Each month they feature a Document of the Month from their archives. This one is from May, 2012.

James Robert Montgomery Co. A, 11th Mississippi Infantry, and later detailed to the Signal Corps, serving with Major General Henry Heth: Written  May 10, 1864 this blood stained letter from Montgomery in Spotsylvania County, Virginia to his Father Allen V. Montgomery informing that he has been mortally wounded and expressing his desire to be re-interred in his home state of Mississippi. From Museum of the Confederacy Document of the Month.

Check out the PDF at the bottom of the page for document-click on the arrow on the far right and select "open".

By way of explanation, Company A of the 11th Mississippi Infantry was from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Two of my second great grand uncles were in Company B and probably got to know James Montgomery on the long trip from north Mississippi to Virginia. As you can see from their battle flag in the PDF, they saw and experienced a lot.

When my time comes, I hope I have the strength and courage of James Robert Montgomery...--Charlie

  Interested in the Civil War...

About the Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable

The Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable started in 2001 by 15 area residents who shared a common interest in the Civil War. Since that time membership has grown and includes members from several communities. 

We are interested in all areas of the Civil War, people, places, battles, events, along with the impact of the war in Iowa and the Cedar Valley.

Programs are presented by the membership or guest speakers with lively and thought provoking discussions. 

Our interests range from specific battles to weapons, period dress, civilian and military personnel medicine, photography, innovations, politics and social concerns.

We meet at 7:00 PM the third Thursday of the month from September to June in:

    Veterans Memorial Hall
            104 West Fifth Street
            Waterloo, Iowa

Click here for driving directions.

The Roundtable offers an excellent opportunity to add another dimension to your Civil War interest or specialize in a particular area in this fascinating period of history.

We invite you to join us. Membership dues are $20 annually and includes 10 issues of our newsletter.

The membership application form is here, along with driving directions. 

For more information, click here to contact us by email or call Sherman Lundy (319) 266-1185 or Jo Porter (319) 984-9268. 

  Special Announcement...

The Iowa Monument at Vicksburg National Park

Here is information regarding the Iowa Monument at the Vicksburg Battlefield.

About the Monument

Tom Gaard from the Des Moines Roundtable sends along information concerning a project to restore the Iowa Monument at the Vicksburg National Park. Mr. Gaard also maintains a website sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans that provides information on Iowa's Civil War monuments.

Here is Tom's message about the Vicksburg Project.

"The Iowa Monument at the Vicksburg National Park was dedicated November 15, 1906 with Governor Albert Cummins, General Grenville Dodge, legislators and many old Civil War soldiers in attendance. It was funded by the State of Iowa.

The monument has great artistic content with a distinct equestrian statue in front of the monument and six bronze bas relief sculptures of Iowa soldiers in battle scenes in the Vicksburg Campaign. Many visitors are moved by the monument and marvel at the quality of the sculptures by artists Henry and Theo Kitson.

Iowa had over 30 regiments at the siege of Vicksburg (almost 70% of our enrolled troops) and its soldiers and sailors fought and died here in what was a great victory for the North. It opened up the Mississippi River and cut off Confederate troops in the West. 

The National Park Service plans a major ceremony on the 150th Anniversary on Memorial Day, 2013. The Iowa Monument will be the focal point of this ceremony and re-dedication.

Additional Information

Here is a link to an article in the Waterloo Courier from this past September about the project featuring Roundtable member Jeannine Johnson.

This link takes you to the Vicksburg monument on the Sons of Union Veterans site.

We also found a copy of the program for the dedication of the monument in 1906. It's included as a PDF at the bottom of this page-click on the arrow at the far right and select "open"

Charles Lott,
Jun 21, 2012, 11:06 AM
Charles Lott,
Jan 4, 2012, 5:00 PM