Announcements...

21 March 18 --March Roundtable Meeting

The program for the March Meeting of the Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable will be  "CSA Gen William Mahone" by CVCWRT member, Bill Witt. 

Mahone is best known for regaining the initiative at the siege of Petersburg at the Battle of the Crater. His counter attack turned the engagement into a disastrous Union defeat. 

Editor's note:Here's an interesting piece of artwork that turned up in a search for a photo to use here. This sketch was originally published in  Harper's Weekly, 22 Aug. 1864. The sketch is titled:Scene of the explosion Saturday July 30th. 

General Mahone's counterattack occurred after the mine explosion depicted in the sketch.

Click on the image for a larger version. Note the shoes on the figure in the lower left.What's that all about?



Here's some more information from the sketch. 

Signed lower right: A.R. Waud.

Title inscribed below image: Scene of the explosion Saturday July 30th

Inscribed on verso: Petersburg Mine, Va./July 30, 1864/23d U.S. colored/18th U.S.

Inscribed on an accompanying piece of paper in pencil and black ink: The advance to the "crater" after the explosion of the mine. 

In the middle distance are the mounds of earth thrown up by the explosion: beyond upon the high ground cemetery hill the Confederates inner line of works, which if they had carried, would have given the Union Army Petersburg and Richmond. 

In the foreground troops are seen advancing to and beyond Burnsides outer intrenched line and moving upon the Confederate defences. 

These were—on the left Bartletts Massachusetts brigade, and on the right, the Negro troops—this sketch was made about 8 AM July 30th 1864. 

 A point in the Rebel works known as Elliots Salient over this part was held by the 18th and 23rd S. Carolina infantry and a battery of artillery blown up in the explosion.


Inscribed upper left: By L.L.B.
Published in: Harper's Weekly, 22 Aug. 1864, p. 548, without the big feet. Reference print available in the Civil War Drawings file—1864.


And the usual reminder: The meeting, starting at 7:00 PM, will be held at Veteran's Memorial Hall, 104 West Fifth Street, 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 .


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 .


  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. 

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. 

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. 

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"

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