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Military related issues, on the War and Home Fronts – 1861 to 1880
                                              
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The year 2020 marks the 160th year in the lineage of the 168th Infantry Regiment;

         Citizen-soldiers from Red Oak, Montgomery County, and Southwest Iowa.

                       Read about their service to the country,

                    from the American Civil War to the present.

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            “…personal sacrifice for the good of mankind, the
                   triumph of right and the integrity of the Nation.”
        Read more from History of Montgomery County, Iowa, 1881
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          Military Enlistments during the American War Between the States,

                            from Montgomery County, Iowa.
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     During the American War between the States, Iowa furnished 48 infantry regiments,
               9 cavalry regiments, 4 artillery batteries, for a total of 76,000 soldiers. 
         Iowa soldiers fought at Wilson’s Creek,  Monroe, and Dug Springs, Springfield, &
     Blue Mills, all in MO, Pea Ridge, Little Rock, & Helena, all in AR, Fort Henry,
        Fort Donelson, & Shiloh, all in TN, Vicksburg, Port Gibson, Cornith, & Boonville,
         all in MS, Cedar Creek and the Shenandoah Valley campaign in VA, to list some. 
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                   Of the 76,534 Iowans who served in the War between the States,
                                 13,169 did not live to return to their families.  
              Source:  Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of Iowa
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                 Veterans from the American War between the States,
                                buried in Montgomery County, Iowa
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         Struggle,
a poem written by an American War between the State Veteran

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Old Soldiers Monument, Red Oak, Iowa, USA                       
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                A Dirge for McPherson         
              Killed in front of Atlanta
        By Herman Melville, July 1864

 
 
       Arms reversed and banners craped--

          Muffled drums;

      Snowy horses sable-draped--

          McPherson comes.

               But, tell us, shall we know him more,

               Lost-Mountain and lone Kenesaw?

      Brave the sword upon the pall--

          A gleam in gloom;

      So a bright name lighteth all

          McPherson's doom.

      Bear him through the chapel-door--

          Let priest in stole

      Pace before the warrior

          Who led.  Bell--toll!

      Lay him down within the nave,

          The Lesson read--

      Man is noble, man is brave,

          But man's--a weed.

      Take him up again and wend

          Graveward, nor weep:

      There's a trumpet that shall rend

          This Soldier's sleep.

      Pass the ropes the coffin round,

          And let descend;

      Prayer and volley--let it sound

         McPherson's end.

              True fame is his, for life is o'er--

              Sarpedon of the mighty war.

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