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10 Jun : 11:06
The Clayton County Monument project was completed with great personal effort in time and money by the members of the 49th!
This is another tangible example of our stated mission…we are NOT a paper unit, but an active, hard-working, committed group of men.
I am a proud member of an organization who remembers those who have served & are serving today.
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Full Military Honors rendered to Sgt. Isaac Ford; no better way to spend Decoration Day!
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04 Mar : 10:44
"...With malice toward none, with charity for all..."
Remembering Father Abraham's Second Inaugural Address, 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1865.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Father Abraham!
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01 Jan : 14:45
Happy New Year, Brother Riflemen and to all our visitors!
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10 Oct : 07:59
Please take NOTICE:

Special Order #36 has been posted on the Front & Center page.

Mid-Winter Drills
Mid-Winter Drills Attended by Guardsmen

On Saturday (February 26th) a full contingent of one-half of the guardsmen of the 49th Iowa came together for our annual Mid-Winter’s Drill. Once again, Color Sergeant David Thompson had arranged with for the use of the meeting hall at his place of worship (Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church) in Ankeny to hold his conclave of winter-weary warriors.

(Present, but missing from photo: CS Rowley & Cpl Stahr)

A prior event of this ilk had been held for our “Western Troops” in Carson, Iowa, in January.

These informal get-togethers of the honor guard for the Department of Iowa are great opportunities to discuss our rapidly growing list of commitments for the upcoming “season” of activities; to learn of other potential events from various of the members of the Regiment, and to polish our skills a bit with subjects of drill and ceremonies.

In addition, at this meeting we took a few moments to present our unit’s “founder”, Corporal Court Stahr with a small token of our gratitude for all that he has done (and continues to do) for this undertaking. The very existence of this unit is the product of what was Court’s long-held wish for the SVR in Iowa, and he has worked tirelessly in helping to bring it into being. It is also Brother Court (and his son, Abe Stahr) who have put the works of this regiment “out there” in the public eye through the creation and the maintenance of this website that serves as our “Cyber-Presence”.

(The Peacemakers by George Peter Alexander Healy. The original was lost to fire in 1868. Sherman, Grant, Lincoln, and Porter aboard the River Queen on March 27th & March 28th, 1865.)

Corporal Stahr, as First Corporal of the Regiment, then gave an extraordinary presentation to the assembled Corporals of the Color Guard on the need for uniformity in their appearance, deportment, and dexterity with the Manual of Arms as found in publications of the Civil War era. He introduced all of us to a fine video presentation that he has put together showing some of the basic manual of arms as performed by a well-drilled Pennsylvania unit and sent his brother riflemen home with copies of the video production so that they might practice “by the numbers” at home.

Discussions were also begun on the idea of perhaps meeting over the course of the coming (we hope) Summer months on several occasions for further drill sessions that will help to give the unit the polished appearance that is so crucial to an organization such as ours.

Respectfully Submitted,
David M. Lamb
1/Lt., Commanding

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 28 February 2011 - 08:29:26 | LAN_THEME_20
ACW Vol. I, Issue 2
Lincoln's Right Hand

An Excerpt:

"In Seward’s beliefs that collision meant …an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces. The Union would be either a nation of slavers or Freemen, everyone; no longer could the two systems cohabitate within its boundaries."

The complete attached article is linked below.
Written & Submitted by Cpl. Court Stahr.

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Friday 25 February 2011 - 15:27:34 | LAN_THEME_20
"Keep it Under Your Hat"
Keep It Under Your Hat

That is advice that my Dad used to give me when he was anxious to tell me something, but didn’t want me to repeat it to anyone. I always wondered about where that expression came from…it’s a bit of a fetish of mine…wondering about the origin of expressions.

Over the years, I’ve researched lots and lots of them and found some pretty interesting stories.

Like “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”. Ever wonder where that comes from? I didn’t think so, but I can tell you, and I think it’s an interesting story. Basically, one of the large fires that swept London burned Saint Paul’s Cathedral, and work had already been slowed by problems associated with small inconveniences like the Black Plague, etc. So…King Henry the Eighth ordered that all of the Sunday collections from Westminster Abbey (which is officially known as “The Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster”, because it was a ‘teaching church” where clergy were ordained; and, built on the site where Saint Peter allegedly first stepped onto English soil) and given over to the re-building of Saint Paul’s Cathedral…hence they were “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.”
I’ve got a million of ‘em! Well, a couple of dozen anyway.

If you make the mistake of asking me about them, I’m liable to tell you.
Today, though, I got the chance to look at an expression like “Keeping It Under Your Hat” in something of a more literal light.

Remember the story that David Thompson and I brought to you in these web pages back in August of last year about General Dodge’s hat? It was entitled “A Very Near Thing Indeed” and it told the story of how Grenville had gotten his chimes rung by some sharpshooting “Johnnie” back in the Summer of ’64 while peeping through a “peek hole” in some breastworks outside of Atlanta. The minie ball that entered the crown of his hat cut a furrow across most of the length of his skull and sent him home to Council Bluffs to recuperate for most of the final days of the war.

It turns out that his head wasn’t the only thing that Grenville was “keeping under his hat” at the time. He also had a folded up copy of his promotion to Major General signed by none other than President A. Lincoln, and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton….and we’ve got the photos to prove it.

Courtesy of Susan Jellinger, Archivist at the State Historical Society of Iowa Library and Archives, the attached photos of documents turned over to the Historical Society by the Dodge family include this blood stained document that the General was apparently carrying around with him at the time of his close brush with the Grim Reaper.

Susan shared the entire collection of documents with us today and graciously allowed us to photograph such rare items as the promotional documents, a “report card” on the General’s studies from Norwich University (where you can still get a Masters in Military History thorough on-line studies, no less); his certification as a qualified surveyor; and Honorary Doctorate from Cornell College, and other fascinating documents.

Susan held a class at the Historical Museum just this past Saturday on researching Civil War documents in the collections; and, plans are in the works for further such dissertations in the coming months. We shall attempt to give you advance notice of them as we learn of their occurrence.

But, Keep It Under Your Hats, huh?

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Lamb
Volunteer Conservator
Iowa Battle Flags Projects

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Friday 25 February 2011 - 08:31:32 | LAN_THEME_20
Senator Black Receives Loyal Legion of Abraham Lincoln Award
Senator Dennis Black Wins
First Lincoln’s Legion Award for 2011

20th February, 2011

In ceremonies held at the State Historical Society of Iowa Museum in Des Moines today Senator Dennis H. Black of Grinnell was awarded the Loyal Legion of Abraham Lincoln Award for 2011, and bronze medallion for his tireless work in support of Iowa’s veterans, and in the area of support for historic preservation.

Senator Black, who is currently serving his fourth term in the Iowa Senate, is the author of Profiles in Valor, a recently published anthology of Iowa Medal of Honor recipients from the American Civil War. The Senator has held a life-long passion for history in general and Iowa’s rich Civil War history in particular. ”Profiles” is, to date, his magnum opus and represents over fifteen years of painstaking research to complete.

The Senator has dedicated all proceeds from the sale of this book to the Iowa State Historical Society with those funds being specifically earmarked to support the further, ‘research, preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the Civil War muster rolls” in the collections of the historical society.

All Photos by Dana Peterson

The Governor’s Own is pleased to present its highest honor to Senator Black and congratulate him on his many achievements on behalf of the citizens of this, his adopted, state.

On Behalf of the Regiment,
Most Respectively Submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 21 February 2011 - 09:41:13 | LAN_THEME_20
A New Recruit
Our 1st Sgt's Work is Never Finished...

Although out of uniform, 1st Sgt Lamb has not detoured from duties performed for the Good of the Regiment!

It appears his recruiting efforts on this future Riflegirl have been successful; he seems to have swayed her into making her mark…Well done, 1st Sgt!

All kidding aside, that is a great photo, My Friend!

Enjoyably and with a Big Smile, Submitted by,
Cpl Stahr

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Wednesday 16 February 2011 - 12:16:18 | LAN_THEME_20
Happy 202th Birthday, Mr. President
Happy Birthday Mr. President!

Guardsmen of The Governor's Own accompany the Lincoln's to a night at the Bloomfield Theater

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 14 February 2011 - 07:55:29 | LAN_THEME_20
The In-Obvious Paradox
The In-Obvious Paradox

In a World of Wet (Iowa) It’s Just Too Dry

Part of the on-going series of articles concerning this unit’s participation in Honor the Colors, of the Iowa Battle Flags Project of the State Historical Society of Iowa.

There is an old Scottish bit of folk wisdom that my father’s father used to pronounce when he said, “Some things in life lad are more obvious than others…like when you find a dead trout in your milk.” This seeming bit of misanthropic wisdom was useful on a lot of levels, but mainly it addressed the absurdity of the obvious. Dad always said that this saying had two distinct meanings. Firstly, someone was definitely out to make your life difficult by placing a dead fish into your beverage supply; and, secondly, that you should always pay attention to the obvious and not partake of something that is likely to end badly.

But not everything in life is so obvious. And some things are just downright deceiving.

Like winter in Iowa.

If you’ve looked out of your windows lately you may have noticed that your world is definitely covered with this cold, grainy white blanket of something that is NOT silica based (like the beaches of the Caribbean Sea...Where I desperately wish that I had remained, but that it a case of “spilled milk”…sorry, couldn’t resist).

Snow. Lots and lots and lots of Snow.

And what is snow? Basically it is ice that is formed into miniscule geometric shapes and deposited upon the lives of those of us who continue to attempt to make a life out of residing here on the Ice Shelf. And what is Ice?

Water, in solid form.

So, were this snow to instantly revert back to its fluid form, we would be looking at a lake that is roughly the size of…Iowa. And, as the past few years of weather here in Iowa (called “Seattle on the Plains” by some) have shown, we would once again find ourselves contributing lots and lots of our topsoil to the Mississippi Delta.

Anyone who has been paying attention would definitely surmise that of late any way we have been a virtual Water World. So it may seem at least a bit of a paradox that environmental conditions within the bowels of the State Historical Museum have become so dry as to interfere with our abilities to work on the Battle Flags within the laboratory environment. But it’s true.

Fabric (and especially OLD fabric) is subject to damage from many factors (both physical and chemical) and responds poorly to heat, light, humidity levels, pollutants, chemicals and pests (two-legged, four-legged, and multi-legged). Humans, rodents, and bugs are as potentially harmful as kids and nuclear war to old fabrics.

Light damages fibers directly through the exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) and Infrared (IR) radiation by causing heat to be produced that weakens the molecules of the fiber. Exposure to direct sunlight is the worst, but incandescent and fluorescent light should also be filtered, and exposure should be limited when dealing with 150-year-old flags or other antique fabrics. A rule of thumb for our displayed flags that the 49th assists in moving onto and off of display every three-months is that once that flag has been out for three months, it needs to “rest” in a light-controlled environment for three years before being again exposed to light.

Heat and Humidity can also damage fibers both directly and indirectly. This is due to the fact that adding or subtracting moisture causes the fibers to either swell (when water is absorbed) or to contract in the drying process. This is called “desiccation” (a mummy is an extreme example of a desiccated human), and both processes will ultimately weaken the fibers and lead to their disintegration.

Too much humidity in their environment is also a huge potential problem as it encourages the growth of molds and mildews that basically “eat” fabric; and, when the moisture in the fibers of the fabric absorbs any dust or dirt that is already embedded into the fabric, it can tremendously speed up the deterioration process.

Even if we are successful at controlling the heat, airflow, light exposure, and humidity we cannot completely ensure that deterioration will not occur; and, some factors* are completely beyond our control, but preventing as much deterioration as we can manage is what the Conservation Lab is all about, and controlling all of these factors is vitally important to the project.

*During the late 19th and early 20th centuries some silk manufacturers (and many of our flags are silk) treated their fabrics with metallic salts containing tin and iron to give them a heavier, more luxurious feel (and make them shinier). As the fabrics age, so do these tiny metal fragments and they make the material brittle and subject to the “shattering” that we often see as “powdering” of portions of some flags and this is the direct result of this process.

Humidity is a constant problem, but less so thanks to the HOBO Monitoring System that the lab is now equipped with thanks to the recent purchase of equipment and software through a donation from the 49th Iowa that allows Sheila and Sarah to closely monitor the relative humidity (RH) in the lab throughout these brutally cold days when the over-zealous heating system dries the air out down there to a “dangerous” level for our flags.

Use of the HOBO has already warned us that eight days in January were just too dry to expose the flags; and, already we have forgone six days of February due to the low humidity readings in the lab environment. Other projects, such as archival research, inventory, and construction of more flag display frames (again, thanks to our own Corporal Louie Zenti’ volunteer metal fabricating skills and Sister Mary Rittel’ expert seamstress work), have been the order of the day for these times when we could not expose the fabric of these old fragments of our Civil War history.

Through projects like these, this unit is making some very substantial contributions to the history of our state and nation, and all of you can be justly proud that you are members of The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles, as we attempt to save our yesterdays for the benefit of all of our tomorrow’s.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Lamb
Volunteer Conservator
Iowa Battle Flags Project

The 49th is so important to our existence. We simply could not do this Project without you!---Sheila Hanke, Conservator/Collections Manager at State Historical Society of Iowa; February 10, 2011

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Thursday 10 February 2011 - 13:33:00 | LAN_THEME_20
The Governor’s Own Salutes One of Iowa’s Own
The Governor’s Own Salutes One of Iowa’s Own
Medal of Honor Awardee

SSGT Salvatore Giunta, United States Army

“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, The President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to cause two thousand “medals of honor” to be prepared with suitable emblematic devices, and to direct that the same be presented, in the name of the Congress, to such non—commissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities, during the present insurrection (Civil War)”…..July 12, 1862*

With those words was created the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the United States military, the Congressional Medal of Honor. From the date that President Abraham signed the document into law (July 12th, 1862) until this, 3,471 have received their nation’s highest honor. Most recipients were awarded the medal posthumously; nineteen servicemen received two medals; and, but one lone woman (Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Union Army Surgeon) has received the medal.

The previous December (1861) Congress had authorized a similar award entitled the “Navy Medal of Valor” to be presented to sailors and marines in Federal service aboard American warships; or, in land actions whilst engaging an enemy force.

The concept of awarding medals for conspicuous bravery in action first arose during the American Revolutionary War (1776-1782) when General George Washington devised the award of the “Badge of Military Merit” for acts of conspicuous gallantry, but only three are known to have been awarded.

A total of one-hundred and eight Medals of Honor have gone to Iowans, including the most recent, and thus far the only medal to have been awarded to a living veteran of the Global War on Terror in the Afghan Theater of Operations.

Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, a native of Hiawatha, Iowa, and a member of the United States Army’s 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), of the famed 173rd Airborne Brigade, was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama in ceremonies at the White House recently.

The award citation reads, in part:

“Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007. While conducting a patrol as team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, Specialist Guinta and his team were navigating through harsh terrain when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force. While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Guinta immediately sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing that his squad leader had fallen and believing that he had been injured, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to withering enemy fire and raced towards his squad leader, helped him to cover, and administered medical aid. While administering first aid, enemy fire struck Specialist Giunta’s body armor and his secondary weapon. Without regard to the ongoing fire Specialist Giunta engaged the enemy before prepping and throwing grenades, using the explosions for cover in order to conceal his position. Attempting to reach additional fellow soldiers who were separated from the squad, Specialist Giunta and his team encountered a barrage of enemy fire that forced them to the ground. The team continued forward and upon reaching the wounded soldiers, Specialist Giunta realized that another soldier was still separated from the element. Specialist Giunta then advanced forward on his own initiative. As he crested the top of a hill, he observed two insurgents carrying away an American soldier. He immediately engaged then enemy, killing one and wounding the other. Upon reaching the wounded soldier, he began to provide medical aid, as his squad caught up and provided security. Specialist Giunta’s unwavering courage, selflessness, and decisive leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow soldier from the enemy. Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army.

On February 8th, spokespersons for Staff Sergeant Giunta announced publicly that he will be leaving the Army upon expiration of his current term of enlistment in June of this year, in order to pursue his education.

The entire body of the 49th Iowa wish to congratulate Staff Sergeant Giunta on his receipt of this nation’s highest honor; and, we extend to him our most heart-felt best wishes for continued success in the pursuit of his academic endeavors. We may all stand a bit taller and walk a bit prouder knowing that we share a bit of Iowa soil with this extraordinary young man.

On behalf of the Regiment,
1/Lt. David M. Lamb

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Thursday 10 February 2011 - 07:58:13 | LAN_THEME_20
Catch-A-Dream Foundation
Sportsman Fest 2011

Catch-A-Dream Foundation


On February 5, 2011, Corporal David Sample and Color Sergeant Jake Grim traveled to Moravia , Iowa and set up a meet and greet at the Moravia Nazarene Church where Sportsman's Fest 2011 was being held.

This event is a fund raiser for the Catch-A-Dream Foundation. Catch-A-Dream provides funding for fishing or hunting trips for seriously ill youth, which Make-A-Wish no longer sponsors.

There were many tables set up representing various aspects of outdoor activities and things associated with them. Bow and gun dealers, trappers and fur dealers, taxidermists and other businesses related to outdoor topics were on hand to help with the cause at hand.

We started setting up at 12:30 pm and were immediately engaged with questions from the other vendors, about who we were and what we did. As we answered those questions and continued setting up, the questions came faster as we started laying out the display on the tables. We completed our setup by 1:40 pm and got ready for the public who were allowed in at 2:00 pm.

From 2:00 pm till after 7:00 pm were were engaged in conversation with a steady stream of people, all keenly interested in what we had displayed and to talk about. We had several youth whom wanted to have their pictures taken holding a musket and wearing a bummer, all were taken care of and I am sure we made some unforgettable impressions on these young people.

One of the features of the Sportsman's Fest was the wild game feed that was held all afternoon long. Since CS Thompson was not available for forage duty I assigned Cpl Sample to that task. I will say that Cpl Sample did an exemplary job in that line of duty as he sampled nearly every dish there. He stated that the wallaby stew was delicious and he would have ate more possum jerky but was not able to pick it up after getting a handful of quills from petting the porcupine at the trapping display. Cpl Sample is healing well and will be in fine health for drill later this month.

On the monetary side, we took in very little in the way of cash donations. On the side of public relations and getting our message out about who we are and what we do, it was a million dollar afternoon. We have been invited back for next years event.

Respectfully submitted,
Color-Sergeant Jake Grim

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 07 February 2011 - 08:03:14 | LAN_THEME_20
Ralph Eugene Sample
Ralph Eugene Sample

March 23, 1926 - January 28, 2011


It is my painful duty to inform you all of the passing of Corporal David Sample's father, Ralph E. Sample.

BLOOMFIELD — Ralph Eugene Sample, 84, of Bloomfield, died Jan. 28, 2011, at Davis County Hospital Long Term Care in Bloomfield.

He was born March 23, 1926, in Davis County, to John Francis and Mary Myrtle Shepherd Sample. He married Helen Jackson Aug. 18, 1945, in Bloomfield. Ralph served in the United States Army. He was a farmer, worked for the Davis County Highway Department and later owned and operated Sample Monument Company. He was a member of Midway Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife; five sons, Kenneth (Shirley Carlberg) Sample, Carl (Bondeena) Sample, both of Drakesville, Larry (Joyce) Sample, David (Kathy) Sample both of Bloomfield, and Ronald (Darlene) Sample of Liberty, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Donald (Mildred) Sample of Newton and Wayne Sample of Bloomfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Shawn Sample; four sisters, Grace Hartley, Freda Dooley, Opal Blew, Virgie Sample; and four brothers, Glenn and Hugh Sample, and Walter and Russell Sample, both in infancy.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Harold Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Chapel Cemetery in Davis County.

Visitation will begin after 9 a.m. today with the family present to greet friends from 6-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials have been established to the Midway Calvary Baptist Church, Sherman Chapel Cemetery and Breeding Cemetery.

Weather permitting, it is my intention to go to the funeral representing the Regiment.

Please send your condolensces to Brother David at:

David and Kathy Sample
11589 Lily Ave
Bloomfield, IA 52535

Respectively Submitted by,
1st Sgt David M. Lamb

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 31 January 2011 - 09:01:20 | LAN_THEME_20
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