The 150-year-old Civil War battle flag carried by the Upper Iowa University "University Recruits" will be rededicated October 12 in a ceremony at the Henderson-Wilder Library on the Fayette campus. The flag is shown here with other Civil War artifacts during the University's observance of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Shiloh in 2011. This is the second flag carried by the recruits. The first was captured at Shiloh, and UIU women sewed a replacement that was presented to the recruits in March 1863.
FAYETTE, Iowa (October 4, 2013) -- Upper Iowa University will host a rededication ceremony for the hand-sewn flag that accompanied the University Recruits Company C, 12th as they marched into battle more than 150 years ago. The flag, which was sewn by UIU female students, will be on permanent display in the Henderson-Wilder Library Reading Room on the ground floor.
The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, with a reception to follow. The ceremony will be performed by "The Governor's Own Iowa Rifles" of Company "A" 49th Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Sons Veteran Reserve Honor Guard Unit for the Department of Iowa, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. In support of the Iowa State Historical Society's Honor the Colors – Iowa Battle Flags Project, the ceremonial group is an organization of military historians who share ancestral lineage with those who served in the federal forces of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy and Revenue Cutter Services during the American Civil War, 1861-1865, and are dedicated to performing certain "missions" in commemoration of their service to the nation.
The flag has returned to the Fayette campus after volunteer conservators from the State Historical Society Battle Flags Project properly cleaned the UIU banner, preserved and encased it for future generations to appreciate, according to Becky Wadian, UIU director of library services.
In October, 1861, 19 students from Upper Iowa University enlisted to fight in the Civil War. They were among 101 men mustered from the area into the Union Army as Company C of the 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Female UIU students contributed to the war effort by creating the company's flag that accompanied the recruits to the Civil War battlefields. The recruits' first flag was captured at the Battle of Shiloh; another flag was sewn as a replacement.
"By rededicating and properly displaying this second battle flag, we continue to honor and remember our students who fought in the Civil War," Wadian said.
"UIU has a proud heritage of students, faculty and staff who have served our nation since that first group of Civil War volunteers," said UIU President William R. Duffy II, EdD, EdS. "Today, some 17 percent of our students are active members of the military or veterans. In honoring those who served 150 years ago, we also pay tribute to those who are serving today."
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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