Some slide shows--  Here are some slide shows from past CVCWRT events. Clicking on the link will open a slideshow in a new window. You will see the controls at the bottom of the page. The default timing for the slides is 3 seconds. You might need to increase that to 5 or 6.






January 12, 2013 - Civil War ForumCVCWRT partnered with the Western Home to present a symposium at the Windridge facility of the Western Home communities.

Featured speakers were:

-- Robert Martin; Annie Wittenmyer and the Soldier's Aid Society

-- Wallace Hettle; Inventing Stonewall Jackson; A civil War hero in History and Memory 

-- Ken Lyftogt; Iowa Soldiers and Iowa stories 

-- Terry Lindell; Iowa Troops on the Dakota Frontier During the Civil War. 

Martin, Hettle and Lyftogt are members of the UNI History Department and Lindell is in the Wartburg College History Department.

Civil War era artifacts and collectibles were also on display. The forum took place from 9:00 to 3:00. Here are some photos from the event.





 Lee-Jackson Dinner - Saturday, January 19, 2013 -  Following the War Between the States, the Birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, January 19 and January 21st, were celebrated by the United Confederate Veterans Association.

With the passing of the Confederate Veterans, the descendant organization, The Sons of Confederate Veterans, along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, continue the celebration of the Birthdays of these two very famous Confederate Army Commanders.

As part of this celebration, 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 open to the public 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. 

Here is a brief description of the day's events.

The Public and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, including many re-enactors gathered at the Confederate Exhibit to view the display there and discuss the historical significance of the flags and some of the other displayed items. We enjoyed the exhibit very much and are sad to see it finish and close.

The Skunk River Wars (sometimes referred to as the Tally War); a special presentation by Mr. Dave Jackson of Washington, Iowa, regarding the riots in the fall of !863, in Keokuk County, Iowa. Mr. Jackson has done considerable research on this subject and has uncovered a fascinating story of the activities of the Copperheads and the Knights of the Golden Circle involvement in this event.

 Luncheon in the Restaurant in the 3rd floor of the Museum. The Sons of Confederate Veterans and the guest speakers discussed various topics at lunch and planned for the Memorial Service at Rock Island Confederate Cemetery on Memorial Day.   

After a great lunch, Lt. Col Harold Knudsen (Rock Island Army Arsenal), author of Longstreet the Modern General, spoke on How the South could have won the war or possibly achieved its Independence

Lt Col. Knudsen is a both a writer/historian and an Army Strategist who has studied the military tactics of both the Union and Confederate Armies and has written a fascinating book on CSA Gen Longstreet. He has presented programs across the USA--including the Cedar Valley Roundtable and always provides an insightful examination of the early part of the War Between the States. 

The program concluded around 2:00 PM. 


Patriotic Civil War Covers From the Collection of Jim Petersen - 
 Jim Petersen, one of the members of the CVCWRT, has an extensive collection of Civil War patriotic covers or envelopes. Jim has generously made these available for us to enjoy here. We have scanned in a few of these and put them together in a slideshow.   Click here to take a look at these historic items. 

We have selected specific items from the collection that are of local and national significance. Jim is always adding interesting finds to his collection on a regular basis and has offered to share addition material if there interest in these items. 

We would like to know the level of interest in these items. Please send us feedback on this information. Click here to send us an email with your thoughts and any comments or suggestions you may have. 


The Sons of Confederate Veterans conducted a special Veterans' Day Service at Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines to dedicate a new tombstone marking the grave of Confederate Army officer and prominent Des Moines resident Colonel E. J. Goode.  Click here to see more information about the program.