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Profiles of Valor: Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War

The federal government recognizes 30 Civil War–Era Medal of Honor recipients as being from Iowa, but in Profiles of Valor, Dennis H. Black takes the task further, including those who have even a slight connection to Iowa, resulting in 56 men and one woman who received the medal. The book begins with a standard introduction to the war and Iowa’s part in it, an introduction as good as most and better than many. Black then goes on to explain the history of the medal itself, an important part of the book that others might have neglected. He explains his thorough methodology and briefly describes the kind of actions that resulted in the medal being awarded. The rest of the book — and its heart and soul — is a series of military stories from various aspects of the war, ranging from an Iowa connection to the famous “Andrews Railroad Raid” of 1862 to battlefield stories from many of the war’s bloodiest struggles, even including stories of sailors with links to Iowa. Resource can be used with the following standards to further develop lessons: SS-US 9-12.23 Iowans Influence US History.
State Historical Society of Iowa
Publishing Place
Des Moines, Iowa
U.S. Chronology
Iowa History Eras
Relational Notes
Resource is related to the following objects, which can be found by searching the catalog number in the advanced search section: Catalog #: 2018.012.002- Adobe of John Todd Home 2018.010.024- Sons of Veterans Banner 2018.018.014-Martin Van Buren Sunderlin 2018.010.019- Alexander Clark 2018.010.018- Alexander Clark 2018.018.015- John Ewell 2018.004.007-Henderson Lewelling Home 2018.010.030- Letter of Daniel Parvin 2018.010.029- Letter of Daniel Parvin 2018.047.004- Tombstone of William Harrison 2018.047.003- Tombstone of Colonel David Carskaddon 2018.021.003- Soldier and Sailors' Monument 2018.018.016- Martin Sunderlin 2018.051.042- Ladies' Aid Society 2018.003.001- Hoyt Sherman 2018.027.001- Conrad Brown 2018.006.005- Ole Weland 2018.005.002- William S. Browning 2018.010.028- Cornelius Cade III 2018.018.012- Martin Van Burnen Sunderlin Census 2018.045.002- Edwin and Barclay Coppock
Early & Late Date
2005 to 2015
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