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22 Jul : 10:53
The Last Soldier link in our site's menu will now direct you to its own Last Soldier web address, which is outside this site.
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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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31 May : 13:06
Full Military Honors rendered to Sgt. Isaac Ford; no better way to spend Decoration Day!
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28 Apr : 08:29
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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.

Iowa Rifles' Rules & Regulations
Rules and Regulations


The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Company A, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment (SVR)
Honor Guard Unit for the Iowa Military Heritage Society

Per Angusta ad Augusta

Founded as a unit of the Sons of Veterans Reserve/SUVCW

9th May 2009

Mustered on June 4th, 2009

Re-formed and Re-mustered as the Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society

12th April, 2015

This document shall serve as the Rules and Regulations for the 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment, "The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles". It is explicitly understood by all who volunteer to be a part of this unit that they shall learn, and live by the conditions imposed within these pages. It is precisely because of the high and exacting standards that we have always set and maintained for ourselves that we have attained the successes that this unit has thus far enjoyed; and, we hold forth in full confidence that those standards shall continue to sustain us in our future endeavors.

This Regiment was initially formed in 2009 as a unit of the Sons of Veterans Reserve/SUVCW to represent the Department of Iowa, in a formal way at public and private functions to be determined by the Unit Commander in consultation with the Department of Iowa Commander; and, to engage in the restoration, repair, and/or replacement of monuments to the service of Iowa troops in this nation’s wars.

In early 2015, the Regiment, acting upon a majority vote of the personnel thereof, voluntarily withdrew itself from its association with the Sons of Veterans Reserve/SUVCW and re-formed itself as a free-standing entity and Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society.

These regulations have always been, and remain binding upon all members of the Regiment at all times, and failure to conform to these regulations shall be grounds for dismissal from the ranks of the Regiment.

Insomuch as this unit has always had, and continues to have a very public presence in its official capacity as a uniformed Honor Guard representing the Iowa Military Heritage Society as a whole, it is desirable that very high standards be established, met, and maintained by all parties at all times who are to be connected in any way with this unit. Strict adherence to military discipline, deportment, and adherence to the established Chain of Command shall be expected of all who wear the uniforms and/or casual attire of the regiment at all times

In the performance of our duties in the execution of our missions, this unit shall be under constant scrutiny by the public, and the membership of the Iowa Military Heritage Society. It shall be clearly understood by all members that failure to meet the highest standards of action and deportment will reflect poorly upon not only the individual and his unit, but upon our organization as a whole. Conversely, it is also recognized that outstanding performance on the part of this unit will become a constant source of pride and will naturally lead to the enhancement of feelings of esprit d’ corps that should define an Order such as our own.

Membership in the Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society shall be by application from within the general membership of the Iowa Military Heritage Society; and shall be by invitation from a committee of existing members of the Honor Guard by a unanimous vote. You MUST hold and maintain membership in the Iowa Military Heritage Society to be a member of the Honor Guard thereof.

Once accepted for membership, the guardsman shall be required to undergo a period of probationary membership within the unit before being accepted for full duty assignment within same. The length of each guardsman’s probationary period shall be determined by the senior leadership of the unit Officers and NCO’s, but shall not exceed six months of active participation in unit activities.

Guardsmen shall purchase and maintain his/her own uniforms and equipment.


Because of the heritage of this organization, this unit shall be Military in dress, drill, and deportment; and shall be comprised of volunteers from the membership of the Iowa Military Heritage Society.

The Honor Guard Unit shall be known officially as Company “A”, 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry; and, shall be called colloquially, “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles”. Since 2013 this unit has been honored to have served as the Tomb Guard at the tomb of President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, and so may also colloquially be known as “The Tomb Guard”.

The Honor Guard shall be loosely formed on the basis of a Regimental Color Guard of the Regular United States Army, circa 1863, and shall wear the dress blue uniforms of the Federal Forces of the American Civil War for the majority of its activities, but may also wear the other uniforms of the United States military from other time periods as well, depending upon the occasion. At no time and on no occasion shall any member of the Honor Guard dress in the attire of any force that has ever been a belligerent against the government of the United States of America.

I shall be clearly understood that when attired in the uniforms of the United States Military of bygone years, the guardsman or woman understands clearly the symbolic role that he/she has undertaken to deport him or herself at all times in such a manner as to reflect that he/she is cognizant of the responsibility that he has undertaken by the simple act of donning said uniform. His or her actions when so attired will at all times and under all circumstances, be such as to reflect the great honor that is associated with the proudest traditions of the United States Military.

Participation in the Unit Mission/Activities

This is a PARTICIPATORY Regiment, and those “enlisting” in the 49th Iowa will be expected to participate in the activities of the unit to the greatest extent that is possible. If you do not intend to participate in the activities of the Regiment, please do not waste your time or ours by reading further. This Regiment is not for you and you should not give any further consideration to joining.

NO MEMBER of this Regiment will be "carried" on the roster if they do not participate in unit functions and activities.

Non-participation in unit activities will result in the guardsman being dropped from the roster at the end of his/her initial one-year term of service; and, if dropped from the Regimental Roster for non-participation, the guardsman shall not be allowed to re-enlist in the Regiment for a period of five-years from the date that he/she is dropped from the rolls, unless the Regimental Commander gives him or her special dispensation for cause.

"Enlistment/Re-Enlistment" criteria

Initial "enlistment" in the Regiment shall be for a period of one-year. This period shall be considered to be probationary and if the standards outlined in this document are not met, the enlistee will not be allowed to "re-enlist" in the Regiment.

Subsequent re-enlistments in the Regiment shall be for periods of three-years each.

Section I

Rank structure of the unit

Operationally, we will adopt the rank system of Union Army Regimental Color Guards of the period 1863; that being that the unit shall consist entirely of Non-Commissioned Officers of the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, and Color Sergeants.

The Regiment shall be operationally commanded by an Officer whose rank will be determined by a majority vote of the guardsmen of the Honor Guard. Other Officers in the capacities of Regimental Adjutant and Inspector General may be appointed by the Unit Commander and shall serve at one grade below that of said commander.

When in the field, the serving First Sergeant shall assume direct command of the unit Color Sergeants, Drill Sergeants and Corporals and shall report directly to the Unit Commander.

ALL enlistees in this Regiment shall enter the operational unit with the rank of Corporal. Promotions within the ranks shall then be made by merit, and shall be governed by the maintenance of the appropriate ratios of ranks within the regiment (i.e.; we must have Corporals to serve as Men at Arms to protect the Color Sergeants who bear colors. These Corporals shall report directly to their assigned Drill Sergeants).

Section II

Standards of Dress and Equipage

All guardsmen shall be issued an identity tag upon entering the unit and shall be expected to wear that device at all regimentally sanctioned events.

As previously stated, all members of The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles will be expected to provide their own uniforms.

These uniforms shall be, at all times, and for functions, CLEAN, serviceable, and in good repair. The uniform shall meet the guidelines for military dress for units of the Regular United States Army extant between 1861 and 1865; and shall be maintained to the levels set within the pertinent regulations. In short, if it is capable of bearing a shine; it will shine! Boots and leathers will be blacked and buffed to sheen. Brass emblems, buttons, and rifle parts will be shined at all times that the uniform is worn in public. This requirement is consistent with regulations extant in the Union Army during the period of the Civil War (1861-1865) and shall be strictly adhered to by this unit at all times.

Remember that we are wearing a facsimile of the uniform of the United States Military forces of a bygone era and we should always look as though we are cognizant of that fact.

We are the living embodiment of our ancestors who served this nation through the many of the most difficult times in its history We owe it to them and to our heritage to stand tall and look good in the public eye.


The meaning of that word is “everybody looks alike”; and not just “similar”. Alike, in the context of the Honor Guard means “AS CLOSE TO CLONED AS WE CAN GET”. So…bearing that thought in mind:

Section III


For purposes of economy of verbiage, the term “he” shall apply to the role of personnel of either gender.

1. ARMY: Frock Coats trimmed in Infantry blue (because Iowa contributed more infantrymen than any other branch) shall be the standard uniform coat. Standard military “issue “eagle buttons on the frock coat shall be replaced with 10k gold buttons bearing the Great Seal of the State of Iowa (Issued to you). Infantry blue rank insignia and service bars shall be worn appropriately affixed to the sleeves. The IMHS Eagle emblem shall be present on each collar of the frock coat and will be highly shined. The eagle devices shall be placed in the center of each collar (top to bottom) and shall be inset from the collar piping exactly 1 inch (to the attaching post). IMHS collar eagle emblems will be issued to each Guardsman. Guardsmen who are designated to be “Color Sergeants” will wear as their insignia of rank the standard Infantry chevrons with crossed flags on halberds, as described in Casey’s Manual for Regimental Color Guards 1863 (Issued).

The First and Second Corporals of the Regiment shall be in charge of the drilling of all Corporals inferior to them in rank and shall ensure that all Corporals are at least basically familiar with their rifles, and the use thereof in ceremonies. Upon satisfactory completion of a course of instruction by the First and/or Second Corporals and, with demonstrated proficiency in the use of their arms, Corporals of the Regiment shall be authorized to place the “Crossed Flags” (issued) device onto their sleeves immediately above and centered upon their chevrons. Drill Sergeants shall have operational control over their assigned Corporals, and shall assist the First Corporal in the training of their subordinate Corporals of the Color Guard.

Buttons on the Infantry frock coat shall be of 10 karat gold with the seal of the State of Iowa on the button; and the side buttons on the field forage cap shall also be miniature State of Iowa buttons in 10karat gold. (Buttons are issued items and must be returned to the Regiment if and when the guardsman leaves the active duty roster)

The wearing of the non-issue military cut vest of the Civil War period is authorized for all officers and NCO’s of the regiment; but, if worn shall bear the gold State of Iowa small buttons.

Greatcoats shall be the Regulation “Kersey Blue” for Non-Commissioned Officers and shall also bear the State of Iowa buttons (issued).

All enlisted members of the Regiment shall, upon the satisfactory completion of their initial term of probationary enlistment and acceptance for permanent enlistment into the Regiment, attach to the left sleeve cuff of their frock coat the tab device distinguishing them to be a member of “The Governor’s Own”. This device tab shall be centered directly below the upward spike of the infantry blue sleeve piping and situated so that the tab is approximately ½ inch below the rising curves of the piping as it climbs to the apex of the spike.

Company Officers shall wear the “Governor’s Own” tab upon the left shoulder of their frock coat centered on the sleeve and 1-inch below the top seam thereof.

For clarification, and upon request, the Commander will provide you with a photograph showing the proper placement of the tab device.

2. Uniform Trousers will be regulation “Kersey” blue. Non-commissioned officers of the rank of SERGEANT and above shall wear a 1.5 inch wide Navy Blue stripe along the outer trouser seam.

CORPORALS shall wear a Navy blue trouser stripe that is 1/2inch in width
covering the outside seam of each trouser leg.

OFFICERS shall wear Navy blue trousers with Infantry blue, or Command
Gold for Field Grades on the side seams of the outer leg.

3. Standard Field head gear for the Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles shall be the field forage cap (sometimes called a "bummer"). It shall bear the Infantry emblem (French horn), and in precisely the same manner on each member’s headgear. Company, State, and Unit identifiers shall also be displayed upon the roundels of the forage cap, and the side buttons for the functioning chin strap shall be State of Iowa buttons.

Company Officers shall wear the regulation officer’s kepi with Infantry horn device and black appliquéd top braiding and side trim.

For ALL Dress and/or funerary occasions the Model 1858 black felt dress hat of the Regular United States Army (commonly referred to as a “Jeff Davis” or “Hardee Hat”) that shall be high crowned with a flat 2.5 inch brim. These hats shall be dressed with the Infantry blue hat cord, single black plume fastened on the right side of the hat with the LEFT brim turned up and secured with the Federal Eagle device. Non-Commissioned Officers of the regiment shall adorn the front of their hats with the standard Infantry Horn, Company, State, and Regimental identifiers. OFFICERS shall wear the same hat with Black and Gold cord, double plume, and the INFANTRY HORN. The wearing of the dress hat shall be upon orders of the COMMANDER of the Regiment for Dress occasions only until/unless further directed.

4. For Dress Parade Duty, and other events as ordered, a “Corfam” marching
Shall be the standard footwear of the Honor Guard.

5. Leather gear. As a minimum, all IR guardsmen will wear a cartridge case appropriate to the weapon that he will carry (the standard shall be the US Pattern P58 case for .58 cal. Ball) and that case shall be suspended from a standard cross belt, with “puppy paw” eagle breast plate (Army). The cartridge case itself shall bear the oval “US” insignia (Army). ALL BRASS devices will be highly polished AT ALL TIMES! Over the cartridge sling, the team members shall wear the black leather belt with Cap pouch, bayonet scabbard and a “U.S” oval buckle. This buckle will be highly shined.

Company officers shall wear the standard regulation sword belt with cross-chest strap and eagle buckle with sword hangers for dress and naked belt for undress occasions. Side-arms in covered holsters may upon occasion be worn at the prerogative of the Commander. The waist belt shall be centered upon their command sashes.

Color Sergeants shall not wear the cartridge pouch on cross belt, but shall instead transfer the cartridge pouch to his waist belt and wear it centered in the small of his back. This is to facilitate the wearing of the black leather flag harness (issued) while on parade duty.

Color Sergeants may elect to wear the smaller Model 1858 Carbine Cartridge Box instead of the full-sized Rifle Cartridge box if they choose. If the Color Sergeants elect to wear the Carbine Cartridge Pouch, it shall have the oval "U.S." device in place on the outer flap, and such device shall be highly shined at all times. Color Sergeants shall remove the tin inserts from their Cartridge boxes so as to facilitate the stowage of dress gloves, and/or the canvas sheath for their respective colors once uncased.

First and Second Corporals of the regiment shall also wear rank chevrons with the crossed flags of the Color Guard centered above the chevrons. ONLY the designated First and Second Corporals of the Regiment is to wear this insignia, unless authorized as outlined above upon proven proficiency at arms/drill/deportment.

If there are two or more color bearers, all should be turned out in precisely the
same manner, as will all Men-At-Arms.

5. a. Canteens: Standard canteens of the Civil War Period shall be Navy
Blue in color, and Regimental markings in white will be worn, with blackened
leather slings. Both the canteen covers and leather slings shall be issue items,
but each guardsman shall provide his own canteen.

5. b. Haversacks: Each guardsman shall equip himself with a tarred canvas
Haversack of standard size and configuration with blackened leather strap

6. Weapons*. There were a wide variety of shoulder weapons used during the Civil War, and it was not unusual to find vastly different weapons used within the same units during the war. While we cannot dictate that this or that weapon is the only one that shall be carried, serious attempts should be made for the Men-at-Arms who are accompanying the color bearers to all be carrying the same shoulder arm. If (for instance), one man is carrying a Model P53, 1862 3-band Tower Enfield then it would be highly desirable for the other men to also carry this same weapon, bayonet, and scabbard. At least for ceremonies where all we are doing is Posting or “Trooping” the colors, like at a sporting event. If we are actually performing in a ceremony of some sort and then standing around for interaction with the public, it might be desirable for us to have a variety of weapons so that we can explain the differences/preferences…it sparks their interest and that is a good thing.

*Whatever weapon is being carried, it shall, at all times, and for all functions, be cleaned to a standard such that it will pass a thorough weapons inspection by the person commanding the unit for the activity being held. At no time, unless specifically directed to do so, will members of the unit carry powder, or caps to an event. The retention of an expended cap covering the “nipple” of a guardsman’s shoulder weapon is acceptable, but no “live” caps shall be carried unless specifically directed to do so. Expended caps will ALWAYS be removed prior to weapons inspections to prevent possible injury to the inspecting officer/NCO. Functional bayonets will be carried at all times and will be shined and in serviceable condition for being affixed to the weapon being carried. All bayonet scabbards will be shined and will bear the proper medal tip, appropriate to the bayonet being carried.

Color Sergeants shall wear the “Enfield” design straight scabbard that runs along the left pant leg side stripe so as not to have their bayonet interfere with their flag harnesses.

4. Gloves. All members shall be required to own a pair of white gloves that may be required for certain events. However, as a matter of course, only those bearing the colors will wear white gloves on a regular basis. For some events, Guardsmen will be required to don black gloves. These will be provided as needed.

For winter time events, regulation grey woolen gloves (either fingered or half-fingered) may be worn; but each man will also be expected to obtain a pair of black leather gloves for formal wear

Section IV


1. If earned by award of the “Military Order of the Inner Sanctum” the qualifying Guardsman shall wear the Lincoln Tomb Guard Medallion.

Guardsmen of the regiment who have served at least a single tour of duty as guards at the Tomb of President Abraham Lincoln shall be allowed to wear, upon the left breast of their frock coat ONLY, the gold medallion identifying them as members of the “Tomb Guard”. This device shall be worn centered upon the left breast at the level of and tangential to, the second button on the front of their frock coat and superior to all other medals, awards or devices. No other device or decoration shall at any time be worn superior to this medallion.

For special occasions, the guardsmen of the 49th Iowa shall be allowed to wear their earned Tomb Guard Medallion as a device upon the left lapel of a suit or sport jacket provided that he is in accepted “business attire”. The medallion may also be worn on the right breast of the winter “varsity style” leather sleeved jacket that is to be worn with civilian attire and/or the “undress” uniform of the Honor Guard. The medallion shall NOT be worn with any casual attire, nor upon any portion of an incomplete uniform of the unit; nor, shall it EVER be worn as a hat or cap device under any circumstances.

RE:Sect IV. 1., placement shall be centered above name in the field of the canton of stars on the triangular “IN MEMORIAM” patch on right breast of varsity jacket. Rev. 04112015.

2. Directly inferior to, and centered upon the Tomb Guard badge shall be the Governor of Iowa’s Volunteerism Award button.

3. Guardsmen who have earned and been awarded the Regimental Honors Cord, shall wear said device on the left shoulder of the frock coat.

4. If awarded with a Special Campaign medal, or Marksmanship Medal once found to be competent with the use of his weapon, the Guardsman shall wear said medals on his left breast. Only guardsmen who were on the rolls of the Regiment at time of award shall wear the Special Campaign Medal; or those who have completed their first year “enlistment” and have attained “veteran status” can wear the campaign ribbon. Campaign ribbons shall be issued by the Commander. Campaign Medals shall outrank marksmanship medals and will therefore be worn closer the “gig line” of the frock coat.

4. a. The Special Campaign Medal awarded under Special Order # 11, dated 30 December, 2009 at the completion of the restoration efforts for “Vicksburg” shall bear the “V” device upon the drop of the medal for all personnel on active duty at the time of the award.

4. b. Guardsmen on active duty at the time of the completion of restoration efforts for the monument at Eddyville, Iowa shall add a silver “E” device to the drop of this campaign medal. This device shall be located to the immediate inside (left) of the “V’” device.

4.c. Guardsmen who participated in the re-dedication of the Iowa Monument at Vicksburg National Battlefield Military Park on 25 May, 2013, shall wear the insignia of the 15th Army Corps “40 Rounds” diamond patch on the lower portion of their left sleeve centered upon and proximal to their “Governor’s Own” tabs on both frock and greatcoats. Officers shall wear the same device centered on the left sleeve cuff of their frock coats; and, on the lower left upturned cuff of their greatcoats below their “Governor’s Own” tabs.

NO OTHER insignia will be allowed, unless specifically authorized by Special Orders of the Regiment, or without the approval of the Regimental Commander for limited, situational display upon the uniform of the Honor Guard.

Section V

Mission Statement

It shall be the on-going mission of the Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society to honor the part that Iowans have played in all of this nation’s military forces during times of both peace and war. To educate the public at large about the service and sacrifice of Iowans in the defense of our nation and to preserve, protect, and restore the physical monuments to said services and sacrifices.

We shall be involved in on-going efforts in the area of historic preservation of the artifacts of military service of our ancestors to include graves registration and restoration and assisting families and communities in the obtaining and placing of government gravestones at cemeteries across the state of Iowa and beyond when called upon to do so. We shall remain deeply committed and involved with the programs and projects of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and the Iowa Military Cemetery at Van Meter for programs such as mass committals of cremains through the “Missing in America Project”; and, the annual “Wreaths Across America Project”.

We shall, to the extent possible, be involved in community based patriotic events, parades, funerals and remembrance services, dedications and re-dedication ceremonies for public monuments, county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, municipal celebrations and at events at venues such as Living History Farms, Iowa's Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, programs at National Guard Armories around the state; educational events at schools and other venues; and, at other military related events; and, shall engage in the rendering of “full military honors” according to strict military protocols and regulations at the gravesides of veterans when requested, and deemed to be militarily appropriate.

As a secondary mission, the Regiment shall be actively seeking to ascertain the name and locations of all Civil War veterans who lay buried under Iowa soil; and, to register these burials upon the SUVCW’s National Graves Registration Project website. It is imperative that this information be compiled for future generations and this Regiment shall be in the vanguard of making this a reality

This unit shall support the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, the United States Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” Christmas Campaign, and the Wounded Warrior Project. We shall seek to cement relationships with all other veteran’s related organizations and support the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the National Veterans Administration and its various and sundry programs to improve the lives of our nation’s veterans both in and out of uniform.

We shall continue to provide Military Flag Retirement services to the City of Des Moines, Iowa, and Polk County Conservation Departments on an “as-needed” basis.

Within the unit itself we shall all continually instruct one another in military courtesy, rank recognition and appropriate military protocol, and shall maintain the highest standards of discipline when in the uniform of the Regiment and/or its sub units.

It is anticipated that, in future, there will be an actual "Manual for Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa" published, and that there may be a basic written or oral examination of candidates before accepting applicants into the Regiment. There may also be formulated a basic "Camp of Instruction" period for new members of the Regiment that must be completed before the new Guardsmen will be allowed to participate in public functions as a full member of the Regiment.

What we will offer you:

We offer you the pride of belonging to this long-standing unit of military historians and the chance to experience for yourself the palpable “esprit d’ corps” that this unit exudes in all that we do and in everything that we undertake.

What we ask of you if Commitment

If you do commit to unit activities, please be there when we need you. Many of the activities that we are called upon to do require a significant number of guardsmen to perform. In order for us to be able to commit to the fulfillment of these requests, we will need to be able to count upon your participation once you have committed to the activity in question.

If you have committed to participation in an event, the unit will have then (in turn) committed to someone else based upon your promise to be there. While we all realize that life can become complicated by events beyond our control, you need to honor your commitment to your compatriots of this unit to the highest extent possible. They are counting upon your promise to be there when you are needed. If you cannot do so, please don’t commit to the event in the first place.

Only twice in the history of this unit have we ever had to withdraw from a committed event because of last minute shortages of manpower. That is an exceptional record of commitment, and part of the great pride that we have in what we have accomplished as the most decorated Civil War Honor Guard in history. Let us all endeavor to keep it so.

Prospective “enlistees” in the Honor Guard shall be expected to sign a statement verifying that they have read, understand, and agree to the conditions outlined above prior to their applications being accepted for in-processing into the Regiment.

We hardily welcome you to the ranks of the finest and most highly decorated Honor Guard Units in North America!

Company “A”, 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
“The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles”

“Per angusta ad Augusta”
(Through Difficulties to Honors; our founding motto)

“Semper Primus”
(Always First, secondary motto adopted in January 2010)

“Gubernatoria Suus”
(“The Governor’s Own”; unofficial motto adopted Feb 12, 2010 and displayed upon the Regimental Colors)

D. M. Lamb
1/Lt., Commanding

Revised (edition 1.8) October, 2009, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 1.9) December, 2009, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.0) February, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.1) May, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.2) August, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.3) October, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.4) November, 2010, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.5) April, 2011, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.6) May, 2011, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.7) September, 2011, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.8) February 27, 2012, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 2.9) May 27, 2012, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.0) February 11, 2013, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.1) August 17, 2013, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.2) February 27, 2014, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.3) October 8, 2014, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.4) January 9, 2015, this document supersedes all prior editions.
Revised (edition 3.5) April 27th, 2015, this document supersedes all prior editions
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