Category Archives: Iowa

October 30, 1862: Stanton sends troops to McClernand

As we saw recently, Henry Halleck had ordered the Governor of Illinois to send troops to Grant for an attack on Vicksburg. It seems there was a bit of a command snafu at headquarters, because here we see the Secretary … Continue reading

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February 28, 1862: Camp life in Iowa for Cyrus Boyd

Cyrus Boyd, 15th Iowa Cyrus Boyd continued with camp life in Keokuk, near the Missouri border. Until the river ice cleared, the 15th Iowa could not move south. As he anticipated, they would be headed for battle as soon as … Continue reading

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January 15, 1862: Diary of Cyrus Boyd

Last fall we saw Iowa boy Cyrus Boyd sign up to fight the rebels, and then go all the way to Indianola, Iowa. Since that time he had been training in Camp Halleck in Keokuk, Iowa, just north of the … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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October 18, 1861: Cyrus Boyd goes to Indianola

Cyrus Boyd The small-town Iowa boy found that he wasn’t quite ready for oysters. View Larger Map Indianola’s practically in Des Moines. War is a broadening experience. Bid the folks good-bye at Palmyra last eve and came to Indianola. Today … Continue reading

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October 15, 1861: Cyrus Boyd’s war diary begins

Cyrus Boyd Iowan Cyrus Boyd enlisted in the Union Army in 1861, and kept a diary throughout his time in the war. He later went back and amplified his notes into a rather detailed narrative. The first entry was dated … Continue reading

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