Re: Iowa Historical Society: Civil War Exhibit
One thing to keep in mind with the 1st Iowa frock is that it was an officer's, and not necessarily indicative of how enlisted men were clothed. The "Lyon Campaign," while incredibly destructive on the shoddy overshirts that most companies' rank and file were wearing (such as Eugene Ware,) did only last 100 days or so (from the 1st Iowa's perspective.) This wouldn't automatically destroy privately purchased garments made of higher quality cloth.
The exhibit is great, I would advise anyone within driving distance of Des Moines to give it a view. Several members of the Nation took a road trip to see it, and I'm going again next month.
I tried to take pictures of the dress hat myself, but none of mine came out. The stitches on the brim are the biggest I have ever seen- I would estimate them at 3/4"!
I would have like to have seen more of the restored Iowa colors on display- but if you're only going to have one, they picked a doozy. It is the national color of the 2nd Iowa, that V.P. Twombley planted on the works at Donelson.
For those of you of a disloyal bent, you will also enjoy the sampling on display of the captured rebel flags that the Iowa State Historical Society possesses. And before you ask- H#ll no, you can't have them back!!
Loyal Union League
Past Master of Martin Lodge #624, GL of Iowa AF & AM
"Secessionists and Rebel Traitors desiring a fight can be accomodated[sic]on demand." -David Moore