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Civil War Presentation at Plymouth Co. Museum

(LeMars) -- 150 years ago the Civil War began and this Sunday at the Plymouth County Historical Museum local Civil War historian Nathan Summerside will give a presentation about Iowa's role in the Civil War.  Summerside says Iowans entered the war in May of 1861 after President Lincoln had asked for 75,000 volunteer soldiers.  Through a series of companies and regiments, Iowa would put together about a 1000 men which would fight the battle of Wilson's Creek in Missouri which would be the first battle west of the Mississippi River.  Summerside says there were about 20 people from Plymouth County, and several others from Sioux City, who participated in the Civil War. 

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At the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Summerside says there was some confusion over who was fighting on which side.  He also says both the Confederate and the Union sides claimed victory at Wilson's Creek.

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Summerside says General Nathanal Lyon was the first Union general to lose his life during the Wilson's Creek battle.  For Summerside, he says his interest of the civil war began while he was a pre-teen and looking at old copies of National Geographic magazines in his grandparent's attic.

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Summerside says he will place on display a model of the battlefield and using a pointer, he will show how the two forces marched into battle at Wilson's Creek.  That presentation is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. Attendees are encouraged to also visit the Civil War trailer, compliments of the Iowa Historical Society which will remain on display through Sunday.   

 

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