Announcements...

Looking Ahead

Like the men and women of the Civil War days that we enjoy studying, we are facing a current event that has the potential to affect our lives and change our world for a long time to come. All of us in the Cedar Valley Civil War Roundtable hope that you are staying healthy and dealing well with the changes the mitigation restrictions have brought to our daily lives. Though the COVID-19 virus has caused us to cancel all our activities for the rest of the spring, our organization remains dedicated to our mission of learning about the people and events of the American Civil War.

We look forward to beginning again in the fall with our regularly scheduled meeting on September 17. The next season for the Roundtable has the potential to be very promising. We will be meeting at our new location in the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa building, 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls. It is a modern and easily accessible facility that will add to the quality of our meetings.

There are several interesting program opportunities including Ken Lyftgot’s update about the second volume of his trilogy on Iowa’s Civil War experience, listening in on letters between Hannah Porter's family and her son James of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry and following the adventures Iowa’s own 4th Cavalry. We will also bring back favorites like our annual book review meeting and a day trip to an interesting Iowa Civil War location. Other exciting possibilities are in the works, as well. You can be kept updated via our Face Book page or the website here.

We will be looking into partnering with area educators to develop programs that will be of interest to Civil War enthusiasts throughout the Midwest and of benefit to area schools. This has the potential to develop into an ongoing project in which we can take great pride. There will be new opportunities for members to become more involved in our organization, as well. 

The future looks very good, indeed. Until we are together again, please be safe and do the things necessary to get us through this crisis.

Frank McCaw, President



Upcoming Events

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

Battle of Blue Mills Landing Webinar...July 30th at 6:00 PM

Historians from Clay county Missouri, part of the Kansas City, Missouri area, have produced a documentary film on the Battle of Liberty or Blue Mills Landing. The 3rd Iowa Infantry fought in this battle.  Many area soldiers were in the 3rd Iowa, including the first casualty of Black Hawk county, Pvt. James Brownell.


The Clay County Museum and Historical Society is sponsoring a free webinar on the Civil War Battle of Liberty / Blue Mills Landing.  The session will be held Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 PM (central time).

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