contact our Junior Vice Department Commander
Michael W. Carr, PDC
P.O. Box 42
Carson, Iowa 51525
Greetings from the Deptartment of Iowa's Junior Vice Commander. I would like to extend a welcome to those of you who wish to join our Order, or those who merely seek information. My job is to assist you in finding you a camp to join. Or, better yet, getting you to start a NEW camp. To join a camp, merely contact a member of the camp you wish to join, or if you don't know who to contact, contact me and I'll get you set up. If there's no camp nearby, you can start a new camp with as few as FIVE members. In such a case, all should have lineage to a Civil War veteran. You do not have to have a Civil War ancestor to join a camp. If you do want to start a camp, I can pass on your request to our Camp Organizer. We will do all we can to assist you. You can contact me by phone at (712) 484-3647, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at P.O. Box 42, Carson, Iowa 51525. I look forward to hearing from you.
the following books can be found for sale at various locations:
The Lyon Campaign in Missouri: Being a History of the First Iowa Infantry
by Eugene F. Ware
1st Iowa Infantry
A memoir of Iowa’s first Civil War regiment, which fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. 424 pages, cloth bound, illustrations, maps, new introduction and index.
The Story of a Cavalry Regiment: the Career of the Fourth Iowa Veteran Volunteers
from Kansas to Georgia, by William Forse Scott
4th Iowa Cavalry
Official history of the 4th Iowa Cavalry. One of the best regimental histories ever written. 630 pages, cloth bound, maps, folding maps and battle plans, list of Engagements and Casualties
With Fire and Sword by S. M. H. Byers
5th Iowa Infantry
I am writing down these sketches of adventures of mine from a daily journal or diary kept by me throughout the four years of the Civil War. Its pages are crumpled and old and yellow, but I can read them still. Fate so arranged it that I was the very first one to enlist in my regiment, and it all came about through a confusion of names. A patriotic mass-meeting was held in the court-house of the village where I lived. Everybody was there, and everybody was excited, for the war tocsin was sounding all over the country. A new regiment had been ordered by the governor, and no town was so quick in responding to the call as the village of Newton. We would be the very first.
An Iowa Soldier Writes Home: The Civil War Letters of Union Private Daniel J. Parvin
11th Iowa Infantry
This book is an edited collection of 117 letters that a forgotten Union foot soldier, Pvt. Daniel J. Parvin, wrote home to his wife and family in Muscatine, Iowa, during the American Civil War (1861-64). Parvin was a lively writer. He narrates relevant events with a keen eye for critical detail, particularly in his dramatic accounts of the battles he was in - the Battle of Shiloh (where he narrowly escaped death), the Siege of Vicksburg (where he served in a reserve capacity) and the Atlanta campaign (where he was wounded and almost died). And he employs the same attention to detail in his less glamorous descriptions of day-to-day camp life. Parvin was also a passionate and opinionated man. He expresses his views in colorful language on the people, events and politics of his day. And he often pours out his heart on the painful loneliness he felt away from home, and on the deep love he had for his family and country. The collection is edited by Parvin's great-great-grandson.
Downing's Civil War Diary by Alexander Downing
Alexander G. Downing enlisted in the Eleventh Iowa Infantry on August 15, 1861 and kept a diary of his life in the Army until he was discharged on July 31, 1865. The Eleventh Iowa Infantry was assigned to the Army of the Tennessee and became part of Crocker's Iowa Brigade. This unit participated in several major battles, including Shiloh, Vicksburg and Corinth. They were eventually assigned to General William Tecumseh Sherman and took part in his famous "March to the Sea" where they fought in the Battle for Atlanta. As you read of this soldier's life during one of the most trying times in our country's history, you will gain an understanding of what it was like to be a soldier in that great war. Mr. Downing made entries for each and every day he served so you will find there were times of boredom as well as moments of terror and tragedy. You will find both humorous and sad entries as well as the inner feelings of this truly remarkable American patriot who experienced so much in the four years he served his country.
Soldier Life: Many Must Fall
14th Iowa Infantry
This reprint of the classic 1907 history of Iowan soldiers' participation in the Civil War was written by ten members of the Tama County Wolf Creek Rangers and documents their experiences in both camps and in combat. Sponsored by the board of the Traer Museum, this volume offers Iowans and general readers fifteen different narratives that describe military life from home to Fort Donelson to raids in Mississippi and Missouri. Three poems from the soldiers titled "To My Friends," "Lines" and "The Dying Soldier" are also included.
The Civil War Diary of Cyrus F. Boyd Fifteenth Iowa Infantry 1861-1863
15th Iowa Infantry
A native of Warren County, Iowa, Cyrus F. Boyd served a year and a half as an orderly sergeant with the Fifteenth Iowa Infantry before becoming first lieutenant in Company B of the Thirty-Fourth Iowa Infantry. His diary - expanded in 1896 from a pocket diary he carried on his campaigns from Indianola, Iowa, to Lake Providence, Louisiana - offers a full account of soldiering in the Union army. Before his promotion, Boyd was an intermediary between privates and company officers, a position that offered him unique opportunities to observe the attitudes and activities of both the unit leaders and their men. The outspoken Boyd frankly expresses his opinions of his comrades and his commanders, candidly depicts camp life, and intricately details the gory events on the battlefield. Although not always pleasant reading, The Civil War Diary of Cyrus F. Boyd is a vibrant, honest chronicle of one man s experiences in the bloody conflict.
A Damned Iowa Greyhound : The Civil War Letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton
19th Iowa Infantry
William Henry Harrison Clayton was one of nearly 75,000 soldiers from Iowa to join the Union ranks during the Civil War. Possessing a high school education and superior penmanship, Clayton served as a company clerk in the 19th Infantry, witnessing battles in the Trans-Mississippi theater. His diary and his correspondence with his family in Van Buren County form a unique narrative of the day-to-day soldier life as well as an eyewitness account of critical battles and a prisoner-of-war camp. Clayton's writing reveals the complicated sympathies and prejudices prevalent among Union soldiers and civilians of that period in the country's history. He observes with great sadness the brutal effects of war on the South, sympathizing with the plight of refugees and lamenting the destruction of property. He excoriates draft evaders and Copperheads back home, conveying the intrasectional acrimony wrought by civil war. Finally, his racist views toward blacks demonstrate a common but ironic attitude among Union soldiers whose efforts helped lead to the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Reminiscences of Lieut. Jones, Company A, 22nd Iowa Infantry
22nd Iowa Infantry
Memoir of an officer in the 22nd Iowa Infantry, famous for its charge at Vicksburg, and one of only three Iowa regiments to fight in the eastern theater (Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864). Originally published 1907 in Iowa City, Iowa, in an edition that has since become very scarce; 217 pages, cloth bound with dust jacket, illustrations, maps, new introduction by Jeffry Burden, and index.
From Vicksburg to Cedar Creek: the 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War
by Thomas P. Mckenna
22nd Iowa Infantry
This is the first comprehensive history of the 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry to be published in over 100 years. The regiment was formed in Iowa City, Iowa in August 1862, and served for three years. It was one of the few Civil War regiments which served in both the Western Theater, where it fought under General Grant in the Vicksburg Campaign, and in the Eastern Theater, where it fought under General Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.
Love and Valor: Civil War Letters Captain Jacob Ritner
Love story between a man and a woman during the American Civil War, told through actual letters. Ritner, a Union captain from Iowa, was a teacher, farmer and abolitionist before the war. He was devoted to Emeline, and this story tells of his patriotism, loneliness, anguish at the death of loved ones, and slavery. Em raised four small children, managed the family farm and dealt with other women in town. Jacob witnessing death of family and friends, participating in a great adventure, seeing new lands, changing views on the South. Jacob and Emeline's great great grandson, Charles Larimer, also reveals how he found the letters between his parents, and finds the actual graves of the people mentioned in the letters.
On the Skirmish Line Behind a Friendly Tree:
The Civil War Memoirs of William Royal Oake, 26th Iowa Volunteers
26th Iowa Infantry
At age 18, William Royal Oake left his family's farm in Charlotte, Iowa, to join the Union forces. Oake wrote a detailed and thoughtful memoir of his years at war- from the moment he told his parents he had joined the army until the day the campaign-hardened soldier returned home. Discovered 80 years after his death, the memoir brings to light the inner thoughts and experiences of an engaging storyteller.
A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War
27th Iowa Infantry
A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War. Edited by Brian Craig Miller. Haven's letters home to his wife and three children will fascinate any reader interested in understanding how men and women experienced and survived the American Civil War. Haven served with the 27th Iowa.
Soldier Boy: The Civil War Letters of Charles O. Musser
29th Iowa Infantry
Blood and anger, bragging and pain, are all part of this young Iowa soldier's vigorous words about war and soldiering. A twenty-year-old farmer from Council Bluffs, Charles O. Musser was one of the 76,000 Iowans who enlisted to wear the blue uniform. He was a prolific writer, penning at least 130 letters home during his term of service with the 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.
Left for Dixie: The Civil War Diary of John Rath, by Kenneth Lyftogt
31st Iowa Infantry
Revised edition, with more illustrations and new index. Rath served in the 31st Iowa Infantry. Illustrated, maps, bibliography, paperback, 112pp.
The Nugen Boys of Iowa : Letters of William H. Nugen; From Civil War Battlefields
The Letters of William H. Nugen Edited by Cheryl Ann Nugent & Tamara Rebekah Ebert Seven family members left their Iowa farm to join the Union Campaign. William H. Nugen carried the stigma of an unidentified "situation" to the battlefields. His letters portray a young man likeable and then a side which may be indicative of the situation back home. He indicates his cousins who are serving in the same regiment treat "him fair". Surprisingly, the letters reveal compassion for the southern people, their situation, and their poor farm land. The letters divulge his homesickness, feeling of abandonment, and his political views. William attempted to "remotely manage" the affairs of home. He provided "brotherly advice" on caring for his blind horse, verifying his sister received new songs he had sent home, relaying the events surrounding the death and burial of his cousin's husband. The letters' span his three years of service in the civil war. He served honorably, and the letters reveal the metamorphosis from an insecure young man into a confident man of the world.
Dream’s End: Two Iowa Boys in the Civil War
36th Iowa Infantry and 8th Iowa Cavalry
Joined by his wife, genealogist Mary Davies Kelly, journalist Orr Kelly (Brave Men, Dark Waters and From a Dark Sky) shifts from popular accounts of navy and air force special operations to excavate the Civil War experiences of two great-uncles, Andrew and Barney Brayman. Both fought for the Union, one died in the process and neither left any diaries or letters to illuminate their story. Thus, their biographers are forced into much conjecture, and have cobbled together a book based on the published histories of the brothers' units, the after-action reports of their commanders and diaries and letters of those with whom they served. Andrew died in the Battle of Marks' Mills, Ark. (April 25, 1864), in the midst of an inconsequential campaign. Barney served in the cavalry under Sherman, was taken prisoner in late July of 1864 and spent six months in the notorious prison at Andersonville before being exchanged. Having contracted tuberculosis at Andersonville, he died in 1871 at age 24. Andrew and Barney move like vague shadows across the vivid backdrop of this book, which--given the absence of any direct knowledge as to the brothers' hopes, motives, emotions and experiences--is, unfortunately, all backdrop. 20-plus illustrations.
American Patriotism or Memoirs of “Common Men,” by Leonard Brown
Memorial to the men of Polk County, Iowa, who died in the CW. Contains diaries, letters, and interviews related to the 1st and 2nd Batteries, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 39th, 44th, 47th Iowa Infantires, and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th Iowa Cavalries. New intro and index, cloth, 624pp. Rpt. of 1869 ed. Stock limited. (2002, originally published 1869)
Profiles of Valor, by Senator Dennis Black
Black provides an accurate account of the deeds of valor that earned 56 Iowans the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military recognition of valor beyond the call of duty, during the Civil War.
Iowa Valor, by Steve Meyer
compilation of Iowa Stories
Iowa Valor is a documentary history of Iowans in the Civil War. As its title indicates, its main focus is on the combat experiences of Iowans; little attention is paid to the home front. The subject is an interesting one, since Iowa had the distinction of having a larger percentage of its military-age males fight for the Union than any other state. Steve Meyer has compiled more than 250 firsthand accounts, including published battle reports, newspaper articles, diaries, and letters, as well as previously unpublished documents in archives and private collections.
Necessary Courage: Iowa's Underground Railroad in the Struggle Against Slavery
by Lowell J. Soike
In Necessary Courage, historian Lowell Soike details long-forgotten stories of determined runaway slaves and the courageous Iowans who acted as conductors on this most dangerous of railroads-the underground railroad. A suspenseful and often heartbreaking tale of desperation, courage, cunning, and betrayal, Necessary Courage reveals the critical role that Iowans played in the struggle against slavery and the coming of the Civil War.