Dover Museum opens with special event
NEW LONDON — To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, University of Northern Iowa history instructor and former civil war re-enactor Kenneth Lyftogt will present the program “Iowa Stories of the Civil War” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dover Museum in New London.
Though no Civil War battles were fought in Iowa, more than 76,000 Iowans served in the conflict and 13,001 died of wounds or disease. Every town has its civil war stories, and Lyftogt will tell some of these.
Lyftogt said 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 and more.
The 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.