Mysterious Soldier Served With Civil War Iowa Volunteers

The Twelfth Iowa Volunteer Infantry had made a name for themselves in the Civil War. Formed in Dubuque in 1861, the company left Iowa in November to spend two months in St. Louis before taking part in battles all over the South. They saw action in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama. They proudly represented Iowa at Fort Donelson and the Battle of Shiloh.

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.