To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, on May 5 at 1:30 p.m. UNI history instructor and former civil war re-enactor, Kenneth Lyftogt, will present the program, “Iowa Stories of the Civil War”, at the Dover Museum in New London. Though no Civil War battles were fought in Iowa, over 76,000 Iowans served in this conflict and 13,001 died of wounds or disease. Every town has its civil war stories and he will tell some of these.
Lyftogt said that it was not the abolition of slavery that brought on the Civil War, but rather the expansion of slavery. Later on abolition became the main focus on the war.
Lyftogt has authored several books including Left For Dixie: The Civil War Diary of John Rath and Iowa’s Forgotten General: Mathew Mark Trumbull, as well as articles in The Palimpsest,The Annals of Iowa, etc.
This program has been funded by Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The museum is handicap accessible and refreshments will be served.