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Civil War Letters

Features 48 letters from the civil war!

Civil War Comes to the Museum

One of the new exhibits of the 2024 season features 48 letters from the Civil War. Written by Sidney R. Chipman between 1862 and 1865, these letters reflect the movements of the 20th Iowa Infantry Volunteers, a regiment made up mostly of young men from Linn and Scott counties. This group served throughout the Mississippi River states and down the eastern coastline of Texas.
The exhibit is located on the nine-foot-long Assessors Desk. Each year of letters is contained in a three-ring binder. The letters on display are copies of the originals which are archived off site. Each is followed by a typewritten transcript so that the letter is more easily understood.


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Museum is open Sundays 1:30 – 4 P.M. from May 5, through September 29, or to set up an appointment, call 515-570-8991.

Calhoun County Museum


150 High Street
Rockwell City, Iowa 50579