Welcome to the Cedar VAlley Civil War Roundtable

Roundtable Meeting

February 18, 2021

7:00 PM via Zoom

"Not Till Then Can the World Know:

Replacement Companies of the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry"

By Laurel Spencer Busch

Through the technology of Zoom, Busch will join our meeting from her home in Reno, Nevada. She is a great great granddaughter of Valentine Spawr.

Spawr was living in Clarksville when he enlisted in Co. C of the 14th Iowa Infantry. The diary Spawr wrote, June to September 1863, is the nucleus for this book.

Busch researched other soldier's accounts, commander's reports, newspaper articles and included this additional information in the book.

The 14th Iowa Infantry was organized in 1861. The first three companies (A, B, and C) were sent to Dakota Territory and the remaining seven companies were formed in 1862. To be complete, the regiment had to recruit replacements to fill the first three companies.

The book focuses on the replacement companies and what the war was like for the soldiers in camp, on the march, and in battle in 1863 and 1864. The regiment saw action in the Trans Mississippi-- Sherman’s Meridian Expedition, Banks’s Red River Campaign, and battles at Tupelo, Mississippi, and Pilot Knob, Missouri.

The book is available through Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition. Click here for the link to the page on Amazon.


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The Roundtable sponsors various war related events. In addition, the membership participates in other organizations also.

Here's a link to collection of information and slide shows for several recent events.

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The Roundtable offers an excellent opportunity to add another dimension to your Civil War interest or specialize in a particular area in this fascinating period of history.

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