Iowa Preacher Starts “War”

Rev. George Cyphert Tally of Keokuk County was described as having as a “rugged, forceful, crude” man with “more zeal than discretion” but also a gifted orator. In the midst of the Civil War, the preacher started a confrontation between local Copperheads and Union supporters that required intervention by Gov. Samuel Kirkwood and a company of infantry.

Enoch Arden in Iowa

An Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem, “Enoch Arden,” tells the story of a man shipwrecked on an island for 10 years who returns home to find his wife happily married to his childhood friend. Never revealing himself to his wife, he dies of a broken heart. During the U.S. Civil War, this work of fiction came to life, with several newspapers carrying the story of the Iowa Enoch Arden.