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The untaught stories of the Civil War

Re-enactor tells Iowa’s role in the War Between the States
O.J. Fargo, a Civil War reenactor from Creston, tells a first-person account of Iowa’s campaigns in the southern states Friday, Aug. 30, during the Seniors Connection lunch program at the North Liberty Community Center. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY– The Civil War, also known as, “The War Between the States,” and still to some as “The War of Northern Aggression” or “The War of the Rebellion” was waged between 1861 and 1865 with 750,000 dead. According to www.americancivilwar101.com, Iowa, a Union state, sent 76,242 men, which totaled nearly 3 percent of the Union Army, and made up just over 11 percent of the state’s population. Iowa sent four artillery batteries, 10 cavalry regiments, and 48 infantry regiments along with five Sailors/Marines. Over 13,000 Iowans died during the war.

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