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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.   

 

   

Gehlen Participates in "Fall Service Day"

(LeMars)-- LeMars Gehlen high school students were not in class yesterday, but that doesn't mean they're playing hooky.  Instead, students were around town raking leaves, washing windows, trimming hedges and other such seasonal outdoor chores.  It was all part of the "Fall Service Day."  No doubt that Gehlen high school has enjoyed some success this year with their football and volleyball teams qualifying for state playoffs, and several students being selected to the all-state chorus, but Gehlen Catholic President, Father Kevin Richter says that we are not called upon to be successful, but rather faithful. 

Richter says the Fall Service Day is an opportunity  for the students and staff to use their gifts and talents for the common good, and to build together a strong sense of community.  Senior Rachelle Lipp has assisted others for four years and says she does it to help out those who can't, or are unable to rake leaves. Lipp says the eldery are very apprecitative of the assistance offered by the students, many times giving out home-made baked cookies to the students.  Lipp's reaction: "Its awesome."

   

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