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Please take NOTICE:

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

Special Order #17
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Special Order Number #17

Dated this 17th day of July, 2010, at Des Moines, Iowa

The Commander is pleased to authorize the addition of the GOVERNOR’S VOLUNTEER AWARD pin (GVA) to the dress uniform of the Regiment.

Pins will be issued to all active members of the Regiment who were on the roster at the time of this award at such time as they are received from the State of Iowa.

Unless otherwise directed, guardsmen of the Regiment shall wear the pin indicating receipt of the award upon their right breast in a position that is immediately above and centered upon their “Vicksburg Campaign Medal” (VCM) at a distance of precisely one-half inch from the bottom of the GVA to the top of the VCM.


David M. Lamb
1/Sgt., Commanding

Posted by Commander on Monday 19 July 2010 - 09:35:12 | LAN_THEME_20
Governor’s Volunteerism Award
The Governor’s Own

Receives Governor’s Volunteerism Award
16 July 2010

In ceremonies held today at the newly completed FFA Enrichment Center on the Ankeny Campus of the Des Moines Area Community College, The Honorable Chester Culver, Governor of the State of Iowa, awarded his “Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Awards for 2010” to the Guardsmen of Company “A” 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry.

Today’s ceremonies honoring volunteerism in Iowa marks the twenty-seventh year that such awards have been given; and, Governor Culver in his remarks before handing out the awards, informed all present that only the state of Utah can boast a higher percentage of it’s populace that is involved in some sort of volunteer activities. He said that volunteerism in Iowa is engaged in by just over 40% of the population of the state.

The regiment’s award, recommended by Mrs. Sheila Hanke, Conservator for the Iowa Battle Flags Project of the State Historical Society of Iowa, is given in recognition of the participation of members of the unit in the moving of Iowa Battle Flags onto and off of public display at the Iowa Historical Museum and the Iowa State Capital Buildings in Des Moines. The unit assumed these duties in September of 2009 when it became apparent that funding for the moving of the flags would not be available.

Through that involvement, Color Sergeant David Thompson (who received an individual award at today’s ceremonies); and, then First Sergeant Lamb became part of the permanent volunteer staff in the Conservation Laboratory and each embarked upon the two-hundred hour on-the-job training program under Mrs. Hanke’ very capable oversight to become Volunteer Conservators for the project. Also supervising the volunteers in their efforts is Assistant Conservator Sarah Carlson who could not attend today’s ceremonies because she is preparing to take part in a Summer Internship through her Master’s program in London, England.

Thompson and Lamb would soon be joined on the project by Sister Mary Rittel ( Grenville M. Dodge Camp Auxiliary member, and wife of Corporal Dan Rittel) who is doing much needed seamstress work for the project; and by Corporal Louis A. Zenti, who will be constructing the metal frameworks that the flags rest upon when placed upon public display.

Shown in the accompanying photographs are the actual certificate of award from the Governor; the Governor’s Volunteer Award pin that will henceforth become a part of the Dress Uniform of the 49th Iowa; and, a photograph of those present to receive the honor on behalf of the Regiment.

Shown (Left to right) are Corporal Frank Hanna, RCS Daniel E. Krock, First Sergeant David M. Lamb, Governor Chester Culver, and CS David L. Thompson.

Governor Culver told us that he has some two-hundred and thirty some letters written during the Civil War by his Great-grandfather to his great-grandmother and that he and his wife are in the process of planning a trip to visit all of the places that his ancestor fought with his Illinois Regiment over the course of the war. I respectfully suggested to the Governor that he needed to belong to the Department of Iowa, SUVCW. At that, he took my business card and promised that he would, “be in touch”.

Governor Culver was made Honorary Colonel-In-Chief of the 49th Iowa in February of this year when he signed the proclamation officially naming us to be The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles.

All Photos by Dana Peterson & David Lamb

Respectfully Submitted,

1/Sgt. David M. Lamb
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa

Posted by Commander on Sunday 18 July 2010 - 11:56:22 | LAN_THEME_20
Field Notes, III
Field Notes, Three

Items of potential interest to the Department of Iowa

Des Moines

The General Grenville M. Dodge Camp # 75 is absolutely delighted to welcome into our brotherhood Brother Stephen (“Steve”)E. Bogle as our newest member.

Brother Bogle claims right of membership by descent through a great-great grandfather, Private Leonard B. Beall, Company “I” of the 4th Iowa Cavalry who enlisted out of Winterset in December of ’61; re-enlisted for the duration of the war in “63 and campaigned with his Regiment until being mustered out in Atlanta, Georgia in August of 1865.

Steve is a serving Brigadier General in the Iowa Army National Guard. One of the units under his command is the 2nd Brigade Combat Team/ 34th Infantry Division, who are about to deploy to the Afghan Theater of Operations of the Global War on Terror. Steve hopes to visit them while they are “in theater” during the coming year.

In addition to his duties with the Iowa Guard, Steve also serves as the Executive Officer to the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Iowa.

On a personal note, I have known Steve Bogle since he was a 19 year-old Specialist Fourth-Class in my Military Police platoon of the 186th M.P. Company, where I spent a few years as his Platoon Sergeant after doing a bit over five years on active duty both here in the states, in Central America, and making a couple of extended visits to Southeast Asia. I remember Steve being one of the first in line every time that I asked for volunteers for anything (including learning to rappel from hovering helicopters, on the day that we qualified the entire platoon it seemed like about every third guy to hit the end of that 120 foot line was Bogle!) and I would say that he has lost none of that zeal for being in the thick of things. I am very certain that he will make an enormous contribution to this organization in the years to come.

Des Moines

Officials of the Iowa State Historical Museum have asked for our input into plans for the upcoming Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. I will meet with Maureen Korte, Education Director; and, with Michael Smith, Museum Director, on Tuesday of next week to see what sort of information they are seeking and will then report back to you further.

Canadian War Monument

I have asked Chief of Staff Carr and Commander Braden to give consideration to the issuance of a Resolution on behalf of the Department of Iowa actively supporting the call to build a monument on Canadian soil to the 50,000 Canadian citizens that served alongside our own “Boys in Blue” during the Civil War. If Iowa issues such a resolution, we shall be only the third state in the nation to have publicly gone on record in support of this worthy cause. New York and Pennsylvania have done so, and several other Departments have draft resolutions in the works.

This is an honor that is due our Northern Neighbors, and is LONG overdue.

Note of Thanks!

I want to take just a line or two here to express my deepest gratitude to my Brothers of the 49th Iowa for the tremendous outpouring of condolences that you have sent to my lady, Dana Peterson, on the loss of her mother. They have truly helped to lessen the blow, and I know that she will be expressing her thanks to each of you when next she sees you.

Who Knew?

The issue of slavery was the root-cause of the Civil War, though many “Lost Causers” and other historical revisionists would have us believe differently. The issue still haunts us, long after the guns fell silent, and the savage death-toll paid to abolish the “peculiar institution” was tallied.

A few years back, there was a bill introduced in the United States Senate asking that President Thomas Jefferson’s portrait be removed from the $2 dollar bill, because he has owned slaves. Had that come to pass, we would have been pretty short on folding money though, as Washington ($1 dollar bill), Jackson ($20 dollar bill), Grant ($50 dollar bill) also had owned slaves at some point in their lives.

And, BTW, so did James Madison, James Monroe, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, and Andrew Johnson, but their portraits are not on currency.

And, I have always found it “interesting” that several on the above list signed a document that contained within it’s second sentence the words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Her “A-ha” moment?

I wonder when Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) came to realize that she had erred in selling her poem “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” to the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 for the sum of $5.00.

Speaking of “Julia’s”

Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon Howe, who often went by “Julia” and was known as “Daisy” to her family, grew up in a magnificent English Regency style mansion house located on a shaded square in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia. She was the daughter of shipping tycoon William Washington Gordon and his wife Eleanor Kinzie Gordon (enough Scottish names in there to choke a Highlander!). William had served as a Captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and later would be commissioned as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army to serve during the Spanish American War.

As a young girl she was sent off to a “finishing school”, called the Stuart Hall School (as were most young ladies of her social situation) in Staunton, Virginia. There she rubbed elbows with the daughters of the elite and powerful and became fast friends with many of the Rockefeller’s, DuPont’s, Fairchild’s, and Posts.

When “Daisy” fell in love and decided to marry Englishman William Mackay Howe (in 1886) she, of course, invited no fewer than nineteen of her New England blue-blood girlfriends to come to Savannah and be bridesmaids in her wedding.

The custom of the day for the social elite was that these girls would begin arriving by ship and by train about a month before the planned wedding and would all stay in the Gordon home so as to be nearby their friend before the wedding to help in the planning of the nuptials.

To facilitate the influx of young ladies (many of whom brought their valets, secretaries, personal maids, and more than one would bring their mothers) William would have an entire floor added to the top of the house to quarter these guests! (And you thought your daughter’s wedding was expensive!)

Of course, being a thrifty Scot…the floor was in the form of a “Mansard” roof so as to be legally called “an attic” because it was not taxable as additional living space.

Today, the home is the National Headquarter of the Girl Scouts of America….which “Daisy” Gordon Howe would found later on in life.

Speaking of thirty Scots

My father used to tell me that copper wire was invented by two Scotsmen fighting over an English penny.

He also used to say, “A Scotsman is sae free wi’ his money, that if flows like glue.”

Respectfully submitted,

1/Sgt. David M. Lamb
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa

Posted by Commander on Friday 16 July 2010 - 08:47:21 | LAN_THEME_20
Our Story—The Iowa Battle Flag Project
Our Story
The Iowa Battle Flag Project

The Iowa Battle Flag Project will be celebrating 10 years in 2011. This is the year of another celebration, a rather auspicious anniversary. 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

While everyone is familiar with the American Civil War it is not as likely that you, the reader, are familiar with the Iowa Battle Flag Project. The Project is housed within the State Historical Museum. The Project includes office space and a separate textile conservation lab located in the lower level. It occupies a 2,500 square foot facility for the conservation of Iowa’s military flags as well as textiles from the permanent collection of the Museum. Additionally, Project staff provide care and evaluation of flags located at other institutions. In 2008, under the direction of then Department Director Anita Walker, the Project was assigned an active role in the Iowa Preservation Center (IPC). IPC performs fee-based conservation services for the military, public and other institutions.

The stabilization and conservation of Iowa’s military flags is our main function. The stabilization and conservation process requires experienced, highly-trained professionals who understand the subtle balance between chemistry, history and art. There is a 200 hour training program to enable volunteers to work on the flag collection under the supervision of staff. We use the best materials available to us and combine that with professional standards enhanced by precise craftsmanship. We all love what we do and have a great respect for the history placed into our hands.

We are not the only people who love these flags for all that they represent and mean. These flags are Iowa’s tangible history. Through the support of hundreds of individuals, groups and institutions the Project has received significant assistance and avocation. It is this unflagging devotion and support of the preservation of Iowa’s military flags and their associated history that has saved Iowa’s history.

Staff routinely deals with flags that have slowly degraded by time, from use, improper storage and/or display, harmful past conservation treatments and marred by accident. Our lab has high ceilings and large open spaces allowing us to work on flags ranging from 2”H x 48”L to 20’H x 36’W. The lab is climate controlled and monitored electronically for temperature and humidity. The flags are located within a secure, restricted access location.

Over the last 10 years the lab has gradually become more functional as needed equipment could be purchased. Once the last pieces of equipment are purchased for the lab we will be able to take our conservation efforts to the next level. For the last two years we have been unable to complete the lab due to budget cuts and the uncertainty of future funding. .
Each flag presents us with unique challenges and opportunities. The flags are not only functional objects but also a works of art. Art work that was often created by the very men who fought under them. Each flag has a very unique history, combination of materials, and present condition that guides our choice in materials and methods involved in conservation. Our goal is to preserve what remains of the flags and enhance the interpretation with in-depth research. None of the flags within the Project have been fully described, documented (physically and photographically), researched or analyzed. Because of this we are very conservative in our treatment approach.

Our guiding philosophy is to introduce as little foreign material to the flag as possible, therefore, respecting and preserving the originality, the chemical make-up and the aesthetic qualities of each flag. We work with the philosophy that “less is more”. And of course, it means that all of the products that we use are of the highest quality available to us, are compatible and completely reversible.

We take great pride in our work. We believe that our commitment to conservation is a great asset in preserving Iowa’s remarkable history.

How does the conservation process work? All proposed conservation methods conform to professional standards for safety and long-term stability. We also “listen” to the flag itself allowing it to guide the choice in both method and materials. It is surprising how much information can be gathered from a flag without even touching it.

1. Examinations

Both qualitative and quantitative measurements are conducted to determine the appropriate treatment for a particular flag. Examinations are conducted via non-invasive means and focus on visual inspection as well as materials testing.

2. Documentation

Conservation inherently requires observation and documentation. Documentation includes evidence of past unrecorded treatments (if any) as well as written and photographic documentation of current treatment. Regardless of the treatment scope, from simple dusting to complete restoration, documentation is an absolute must. This is the hallmark of any good conservator.

3. Research

Research of each flags use, environmental and associated history is critical to the development of a treatment plan. Understanding the flag’s past is the key to preserving it. Research into the associated history of the flag connects it to real people, places and events.

4. Stabilization

Structural stabilization, as required by structural deficiencies or other previous conditions, is conducted according to the needs of the individual flag. Any adhesive consolidates or compensating materials used are compatible with and are fully reversible. It is important that all stabilizing materials react homogeneously with the flag and with all environmental factors the flag will encounter in storage and display.

5. Surface Cleaning

Cleaning systems are designed specifically to meet the cleaning requirements of each particular flag. Most cleaning will include sponge removal of surface grime, vacuuming and blotting. In limited cases a suction lab will be used.

6. Determination of Technology

The Project uses cleaning technology developed by recognized leaders in the conservation field. We must recognize however the environmental restrictions of the lab size and funding levels limit treatment options available to us. The science of any particular flag or textile piece, its deficiencies, its merits, and the unique characteristics are always guiding parameters in both the choice and execution of safe and appropriate materials and techniques.

7. Conservation for Exhibition

Any lost portions may be filled with a compensating underlay or ghosting overlay. Both are compatible with the flag and 100% reversible.

8. Conservation Pigments

Color compensation to pre-existing surface abrasions or fill of paint-chip losses may be made to the battle honors, unit ID or field design after it has been stabilized. This is done on a case to case basis. Conservation colors (varnish pigments) are used for their reversibility, light-fastness and aging characteristics. Our in-painting is very technical and controlled, limited only to areas of actual paint loss.

Iowan’s should feel very proud, as we the staff do, that Iowa is one of a handful of States actively preserving it’s military flag collections. For an opportunity to see the lab please join us each Tuesday and Thursday when the lab is opened to the public via the Collections Cam located in the 1st floor atrium of the State Historical Museum.

Proudly Submitted by,

Sheila Hanke
Conservator and Collections Manager
Iowa Battle Flag Project

Posted by Commander on Wednesday 14 July 2010 - 07:57:47 | LAN_THEME_20
Sesquicentennial T-Shirts
SUVCW Sesquicentennial Committee
T-shirts are now available.

The Dept. of Iowa is offering its Sesquicentennial T-shirts for sale starting immediately.
The current price is $10 for sizes M to XL and $15 for sizes 2XL and 3XL. The cost of shipping is not included.

They can be ordered by contacting:

Dept. Secretary Michael Carr:
P. O. Box 42
343 N. Locust St.
Carson, IA 51525



Danny Krock
29949 610th Ave.
Cambridge, IA 50046
Ph: 515 383-4588


Posted by Commander on Monday 12 July 2010 - 13:54:22 | LAN_THEME_20
After the Storm
After the Storm

An Iowa Connection to the Battle of Gettysburg

At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, in the summer of 1863, Iowa had no troops assigned to the Eastern armies that had been struggling mightily to hold the line against Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at a dozen battles that had raged over the preceding two years. Most Iowa boys (numbering approximately 30 Regiments strong) were at the time locked in the desperate struggle for Vicksburg as part of the Army of the Tennessee.

In military terms, the struggle to wrest the heights of Vicksburg from the grasp of Confederate General John Pemberton was vastly more important in the overall scheme of things than any victory that Lee might have attained by taking the field at Gettysburg; and, as go the fortunes of war, the loss of both Vicksburg and Gettysburg within twenty-four hours of one another, signaled the beginning of the end for the Confederate armies in both theaters of war.

Most know the story of 20-year-old Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade, a young seamstress who was in the kitchen of her sister’s home on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg on the morning of July 3rd, 1863, when a Confederate musket ball pierced the kitchen door near where Jennie was working and killed her instantly. She was the only civilian casualty of that great battle. She was very much in the wrong place at the wrong time.

At the time of her death, “Jennie” was kneading bread dough, oblivious to the fact that Confederate sharpshooters were being ordered to harass the Union skirmish lines that were advancing into the town to probe the enemies strength and disposition, and were at that very moment deploying near the home.

“Jennie” Wade was in her sister’s home on that fateful day because her sister, Georgia Wade McClellan, had just given birth to a son, Lewis Kenneth Wade. Various accounts claim that baby “Lew” had come six days earlier, on June 26th; and, others place his entry into the world as late as the afternoon of July 1st, just before the Confederate army entered into the town. All accounts agree that Georgia had experienced a “difficult” delivery and was exhausted by the effort.

As was very much the custom in those days, Jennie had come to help.

There is some thought that Jennie and her mother (Mary Ann Filby Wade) who lived with Jennie in their clapboard-sided house on Breckenridge Street, may have also figured that Georgia’s brick home would be a safer place to be when the storm that was coming broke upon them. Tragically, for Jennie Wade, they reckoned wrong.

For certain, “Jennie” and Mary Ann knew that they would be needed, since Georgia’s husband, John L. McClelland was off with his unit of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry in search of Confederate “raiders” under General J.E.B. Stuart in the days leading up to the battle. Jennie’s own beau, Corporal Johnston H. Skelly of the 87th Pennsylvania, had been gravely wounded at Winchester, Virginia, on June 12th and at the time of the time of the pending battle at Gettysburg, lay dying in a Confederate Prison Camp hospital. He would succumb to his wounds on July 12th. Neither he, nor Jennie ever knew the fates of their betrothed.

Jennie’s body would be carried to the cellar of the home and after the battle; some Federal soldiers would place her into a coffin fashioned by hold a Confederate officer and bury her in Evergreen cemetery. In 1901, women of the WRC from Newton, Iowa would erect a beautiful monument at the gravesite. But I get ahead of myself.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Gaard

After Jennie’s tragic death, Georgia would begin to serve as a nurse in the field hospitals of the Eastern Theater of the war, caring for the ill and shattered soldiers of both armies.

John Lewis McClellan (also known to his friends as “Lew”) survived the war, as did Georgia and baby “Lew”, who would he heralded as the “youngest survivor” of the battle of Gettysburg. When John returned home, an old partner of his in the construction business named H.C. Laub convinced him to “move west” and the family relocated to Iowa.

After the Storm that had befallen this land, that place, and this family, the endless greening fields of ripening corn that lay deep upon the Iowa countryside must have seemed like Elysian Fields to this tragedy-stricken young family.

In 1866 the McClellan’s came first to Mahaska County and then within a year’s time he would settle in Denison, in Crawford County where he would spend the rest of his days. John “Lew” McClellan was a mason, carpenter, bridge builder, contractor, and also a house mover, and many buildings still standing in Denison were either built by John or he had a hand in their construction. The addition to the Old Courthouse, Westbrick School, McKim Hall, the first Fire Station, the Old Hospital, the Laub Block (H.C. came west with his friend and partner), and the Old Utilities building to name a few.

John and Georgia Wade would have three more children born to them in Denison; Jim Briton, Nellie, and John H. Descendents of the families still live in and around Crawford County.

Georgia Wade McClellan would become prominent in philanthropy, and would become National Secretary of the Women’s Relief Corps and state president of the organization here in Iowa. She also served terms as National Press Correspondent, Chairperson of the National Executive Board, Department Secretary and Department Treasurer of the WRC. She also served as state president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, was a member of its governing Board and state auditor for the organization in Iowa.

John and Georgia spent eleven years running Benedict House, a home for unwed mothers located in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and both were staunch adherents to the Christian Science Church.

John belonged and was Camp Commander of the John A. Logan Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a staunch republican and was elected to serve three terms as City Marshal of Denison before his death on March 4th, 1913. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Denison, Iowa.

Following John’s death, Georgia moved to Carroll where she lived until her own entry into eternal rest on September 5th, 1927. She is buried next to her husband in Oakland Cemetery.

Brother Tom Gaard (General Grenville M. Dodge Camp # 75 Brother, and Department Memorial Officer) recently visited Gettysburg, and the gravesite of “Jennie” Wade. He has also sought out and photographed the graves of John and Georgia McClellan and all of these can be seen on the link to the Iowa Monuments section of this website.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Gaard

As I mentioned before, in 1901, the Iowa WRC erected a beautiful monument at the gravesite of young “Jennie” Wade in Evergreen Cemetery (near the National Cemetery) at Gettysburg. In November of this year the “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” of the Forty-Ninth Iowa will visit Gettysburg, and will lay a wreath at “Jennie’s” grave on behalf of the Department of Iowa.

Time permitting, we shall also visit the small brick home on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg that has now become the “Jennie Wade Museum”.

Legend has it that the WRC, which was apparently very active in Newton, Iowa, once planted a tree in Georgia Wade McClellan’s honor somewhere in Newton, but any record of it’s whereabouts has been lost. If anyone knows of such a living memorial to Georgia, I would ask that you please let someone from the Forty-Ninth know. Keeping track of such things, and striving to keep alive the memories of these exceptional people is something that we strive to do.

Respectfully submitted,

1/Sgt. David M. Lamb
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa

Posted by Commander on Friday 09 July 2010 - 08:14:50 | LAN_THEME_20
Field Notes Twa
Field Notes *Twa'

Items of potential interest to the Department of Iowa

Franklin, Tennessee

The summer is rapidly flying (or perhaps a better simile would by “flowing”) past us and it will soon be time to be heading for the Volunteer State to take part in supporting Dr. Sam Gant’s boys at the annual Battle of Franklin doin’s slated for October 15, 16, and 17th. I have already heard from 7 or 8 of the guys that they are definitely going (and most are taking their ladies) so we should have a respectable presence there at this momentous event.

The original Battle of Franklin, though short in duration saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war and the Union victory there pretty much spelled the end to the Confederate “threat” in the West. This is historic ground, gentlemen, and as Iowans we own a piece of it by virtue of our lads who fought and died there…it will be an honor to be there to take part in the activities.

I envision our primary activity there will be the large parade through the town on Saturday the 16th. If you want to actually participate in the re-enactment of the battles, bring your “smellies” to change into for the events on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

It is time to start thinking seriously about making reservations in the area if you’ve nor already done so. I am booked into the Best Western Franklin Inn on Murfreesboro Road at a rate of $63.21 per night (I am arriving on the 14th and leaving on the 17th). Their number is 615-790-0570 if you are interested.

ALSO: Remember that we have a Battle Flag to move for Sheila on October 14th before heading for Franklin, but I am working on getting that date moved to either the 12th or 13th…I will let you know.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

As with Franklin, remember that we are committed to making the trek to Gettysburg in November to take part in the Remembrance Day Parade on Saturday, November 20th, and receive our Unit Citation from the National SVR. If you have to chose between this one and Franklin…choose Gettysburg. Nothing would thrill me more than having THE ENTIRE Regiment fall in for this one…though I realize that the chances for that are slim to none.

Again, if you’ve not made reservations out there, best be thinking on doing it.

Iowa Battle Flags Project

Sheila has recommended A very good book for any and all who have valuable antiques in your own collections, entitled “Caring for Your Collections”, written by the National Committee to Save America. It is an excellent source of information on how best to care for paintings, papers, books, photos, textiles (like flags), ceramics, glass, metals, stone, musical instruments, etc. Written by some of the nations best respected experts in the fields of conservation and preservation the book stresses preventative maintenance, the do’s and don’ts of routine care and handling of artifacts, and what to do if damage occurs.

There is a copy of this publication in the SHSI Museum’s reference library or it can be purchased through Amazon.com of abebooks.com.

An fra the misty heilans’ o Bonnie Scotlan

(From the misty Highlands of Bonnie Scotland) a linguistics lesson:

*Twa’ is broad-Scots for “Two”, as in,

“Twa recruttin serjents ca fra the Black Watch, te mercats an faires, sum recruits for te catch; An, aa thet they listed were forty-and-two; sey lis’ Bonnie laddie aa cum awa’

“Two Recruiting Sergeants came from the Black Watch (common name for the 42nd Regiment of Highland Infantry) to markets and fairs, some recruits for to catch; and all that enlisted was forty and two (42), so enlist Bonnie laddie and come away (with me)”

Lyrics from an 18th century Regimental drinking song.

If anyone is interested, I’ll be happy to teach you the rest of this song as it makes a really nice marching song….especially for those of us who occasionally wear dresses. It’s a fair crackin gud tune.

One final piece of Scottish/American Civil War trivia. You’ve all, no doubt, read about the legendary “Irish Brigades” in both armies of the American Civil War, right? (I have read estimates that place the numbers of Irish immigrants who served in both armies at between 80,000 and 100,000), but did you know that the Scots immigrants enlisting in the Union armies numbered close to 80,000. AND, the ONLY monument to the American Civil War that is NOT on American soil, is located in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

And finally, in the “Baseball was NOT invented by Abner Doubleday” department

The Albuquerque Isotopes have a player named “Alberto Bastardo”…wow, talk about a Karmic load……..I think I’d have had to change my name before entering Middle School, right?

Respectfully submitted,

1/Sgt. David M. Lamb
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Posted by Commander on Wednesday 07 July 2010 - 07:59:12 | LAN_THEME_20
Freedom is Not Free
Freedom Is Not Free!
From the Pulpit of Saint Paul’s Church, Ankeny, Iowa

4th July 2010

Senior Color Sergeant David L. Thompson, of The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles, Company “A” 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry was on detached duty on this Independence Day.

CS Thompson posted the National Colors, and was ably aided by two members of Troop 74 of the Boy Scouts of America in carrying the Holy Cross as “Crucifer”; and, the other scout carrying the Christian Flag, at both the 8:00am and 10:30am services.

After placing the Colors, CS Thompson and his scouts saluted the Colors, and retired to their seats to then participate in the worship services and listen to the sermon and scripture lessons given by Pastors Fernandez and Baldwin .

The lesson in the sermon on this day of celebration of our nation’s Independence was, of course, “Freedom Is Not Free!”

Respectfully Submitted

Color Sergeant David L. Thompson
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry

Posted by Commander on Tuesday 06 July 2010 - 08:28:34 | LAN_THEME_20
Grant Wood Window Re-Dedicated
Wood Window Re-dedicated to
The Nation’s Veterans

4th July 2010

Photo by: Janet Stahr

When flood waters ravaged the East-Central Iowa City of Cedar Rapids in 2008, one of this nation’s art true treasures came within a hair’s breadth of being lost forever.

Fed by nearly constant rains and the winter’s snow melt off, the Cedar River not only reached flood stage, but continued to rise and rise to a level not seen in over 500 years. The torrent would spill over the river’ normally high banks and lay waste to over 10 square miles of the devastated city. In the middle of the swollen river sat Mays Island, upon which the citizens had built a magnificent edifice to this nations honor War Veteran in the form of the Veteran’s Memorial Building following America’s involvement in the “Great War” of 1917 to 1919.

The crowning jewel of this magnificent building would be a stained-glass window, designed and executed by none other than Iowa’s own consummate artistic talent, the legendary Grant Wood. Commissioned in 1923, and finished by Wood in 1927, this three-story depiction of Victory (holding a laurel branch in her right hand symbolic of the nation’s hope for peace; and a wreath in her left, in honor of those who had found eternal peace by the sacrifice of their own lives in the nation’s service) descends from the clouds above the life-sized portraits of America’s servicemen from all of the nation’s wars up until that time.

The torrent of waters that inundated this building in 2008 severely damaged this masterpiece; and, today with restoration work nearing completion, the window was re-dedicated and the hall opened to the public for a short period of time so that citizens could see the work that has been done thus far.

Mike Jager, Director for the Veteran’s Memorial, requested the presence of the Departmental Honor Guard for the re-dedication ceremonies at 1:00pm today, and “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” was honored to attend on behalf of the entire Department. Brothers from the Wilds, Dodge, Kinsman, Power-Dunlevy, Kirkwood, and Abernethy Camps either participated as members of the 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment; or, came on their own in representation of their camps. In addition, “Daughters of the Regiment”, Mrs. Janet Stahr, Mrs. Tammy Krock, Mrs. Deb Grim, Mrs. Mary Rittel, and Mrs. Sharon Braden graced the occasion by their presences.

During the course of the day’s activities, Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa would meet and visit with dozens of military veterans and their families. All of whom were ebullient in their praises of the solemn dignity and military bearing with which the Honor Guard deported itself in the discharge of our undertaken duties. None more so than two “new friends that we made this afternoon”.

Jim Bruner, Commissioner
Hell on Wheels!

Donald and Joan Grovert (pictured here with 1/Sgt. Lamb, RCS Krock, and CS Mike Rowley) of Newhall, Iowa, were both utterly fascinating, and lively veterans of World War II who had come to see the re-dedication.

Donald was an infantryman in the AT 405th Infantry Regiment of the 102nd Infantry Division (The famous “Ozarks” who also facilitated the famous “Red Ball Express” supply trains that raced munitions and supplies to forward deployed units through the campaign to batter Hitler’s “Fortress Germany”); and his wife, Joan, who was a US Army Nurse stationed in the Philippines during the war. Both of these delightful people shared stories of their experiences with us to the delight of all.

The Regiment is deeply honored to have made the acquaintances of this lovely couple and their family members and hope to see them again when we return to Cedar Rapids for the re-dedication of the Memorial Building as some future date.

Donald and Joan are living reminders of the significance of this day, and of the enormous importance of places in our nation that are set aside like this one as memorials to the proposition that the freedoms that we all take too often for granted are not, after all, free.

Not by a damn sight!

Many millions of our ancestors, for over two-hundred years have guaranteed these freedoms with their service to their nation; and, hundreds of thousands of them have paid the purchase price of those freedoms with the forfeiture of their own lives.

It is for these millions, like Donald and Joan Grovert; and especially for those hundreds of thousands who gave their “last full measure” that we do what we do,

Not for Glory, But for Honor!

Respectfully submitted,

1/Sgt. David M. Lamb
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Unless Otherwise Credited; All Photos by C. Stahr

Posted by Commander on Tuesday 06 July 2010 - 08:21:14 | LAN_THEME_20
Maxi's First Outing
Maxi’s First Outing

July 3rd 2010

Five members the “Governor’s Own”, and two (and one-half) of our most-intrepid ladies joined forces with the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution to provide a marching unit for the annual Urbandale, Iowa Independence Day Parade.

49th Iowa Color Sergeant Michael Rowley arranged for me, RCS Krock, CS Thompson, Corporals Rittel and Zenti to participate as an adjunct to the SAR/DAR entry this year. Michael, for this event, was joined by his son, David and Dr. Tom Clegg, educator and historian, all of them resplendent in their Continental Army uniforms of the American Revolution.

For this event, RCS Krock introduced us all to “Max” (as in “Flagimus Maximus”) a recent acquisition of his that is nothing less that a twelve foot wide by 18 foot long, 34-star, U.S. National Colors that Danny and Tammy commissioned to be made specifically for use during the upcoming Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War which commences on April 12th, 2011 with the planned activities at the Iowa State Capitol Building. It is anticipated that “Max” will be raised on that date upon the old Grand Army of the Republic flagpole on the Capitol Grounds to fly proudly over the events of that momentous day. The Forty-Ninth Iowa will, of course, stand ready to act as the Honor Guard for the formal ceremonial deployment of this magnificent flag, if that is the desire of the owners. RCS Krock informs that following this proposed deployment, the flag will be on permanent loan to the Forty-Ninth Iowa for continued use in the years to come. “Max” shall make a most welcome addition to our growing inventory.

For today’s event, “Max” was carried by four guardsmen wearing the dress blues of Forty-Ninth Iowa; while Mike and David Rowley wore their “Continentals”; and, Dr. Clegg, in his beautifully historic portrayal of a classic “Minuteman” of 1776, ably lead the way behind the float carrying the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.

Corporal Zenti, bearing the Regimental Colors, and accompanied by his daughter Luciana: as well as Mrs. Krock and Mrs. Rittel (both belles lovely in their “period” dresses) followed the Colors, and threw candies to the clambering kids along the route.

Judging by the reaction of the crowd, the sight of this enormous national emblem of the nation was well received.

Judging by the reactions of the children to the fifteen pounds of candies thrown out, the Regiment should expect that local dentists will be making significant contributions to the Iowa Rifles Monument Restoration Project in grateful appreciation of all of the work that we shall be sending them as a result thereof. We shall see.

In the Order of March today, we were third, so the two plus mile course (blessedly flat for the most part) seemed to pass by us in rapid order and within forty minute of stepping off we retired from the field to much applause and calls of appreciation from the crowd, who had nearly uniformly risen to their feet to observe the passing of the colors as we strode quietly past.

It is always humbling to see the aging veterans (like some of us marching) rise to their feet and either salute the Colors that they themselves have served, or remove their caps to reveal locks long whitened by the passing of years. Would that I could say that all in the crowd would show as much love and appreciation of their national ensign and all that it conveys, but there were those who simply could not tear themselves from their doubtlessly important texting, of cell phone conversations; or, for that matter be bothered to rise to their feet and remove their reversed ball caps as a minimal sign of respect.
To those few in this sea of people who seem to have forgotten…I would (with apologies to Walt Kelly’ irrepressible sage commentator on the American Condition, ”Pogo”) say, “I have seen the enemy, and he is us.”
To all of those thousands of others, who do remember…I would say, “May God Bless and Keep you; and may he continue to Bless the United States of America”

Our thanks as a Regiment, go out to Color Sergeant Rowley and the Ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution for inviting us to participate in this most excellent parade.

All Photos Courtesy of Luciana Zenti

Respectfully submitted,

1/Sgt. David M. Lamb
Company “A” 49th Regiment
Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Honor Guard Regiment for the Department of Iowa
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Posted by Commander on Monday 05 July 2010 - 13:35:24 | LAN_THEME_20
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