Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Local News

March 19, 2012

Local group prepares to reenact Battle of Shiloh

CENTERVILLE — Have you ever wondered how it would feel to go back in history? A local group is preparing to do just that. They will soon dial the clock back as they travel to the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Shiloh. The reenactment will take place in southern Tennessee, about 120 miles east of Memphis.  

The Shiloh event will mark the first appearance of a new 10-pound Parrott Rifle (a big canon to most of us) built by Bruce Clark, Joe Crookham and Bill Shoup.  They belong to Battery C, 3rd Iowa Light Artillery Regiment, a unit that has appeared in a number of Civil War reenactments.  

I recently watched Battery C train. These are serious history buffs who enjoy “hands on” history. Several have attended an artillery school to gain a thorough knowledge of artillery procedures and safety. Battery C drilled on a cold rainy March weekend, practicing and practicing in order to get it right. The drill followed the same commands and procedures used during the Civil War. They fired real gunpowder so the Parrott Rifle generated a loud explosion. The only thing missing — there was no projectile.

So, let me introduce the group making the trip then I will tell you more about Shiloh: Bruce and Cathy Clark of Centerville; Bill, Ruth and Doug Shoup of Allerton; Ron and Diane Deal of Moravia; Don and Tammy Johnson of Albia; Joe Crookham of Oskaloosa; Chris and Mylinda Donald of Altoona (Chris was originally from Promise City); and Joe Durian of Oskaloosa. Your reporter/photographers are Brad Clark of West Des Moines and Seth Clark of Cedar Rapids.


• Shiloh 1862

The Battle of Shiloh gained national attention in April of 1862.  It was the first large scale battle in the western theater of the Civil War.  A year earlier, when the war started, the general expectation was the war would end quickly and both sides assumed they would prevail. The Battle of Shiloh ended those illusions.  

In the months leading up to the battle, Union forces pushed south through western Tennessee. Their goal was the capture of Confederate rail lines in southern Tennessee and northern Mississippi. These rail lines linked Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans with the eastern states of the Confederacy.  The trains carried much needed food for the large Confederate armies in Virginia.  

Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman were two of the key leaders of the Union effort to smash Confederate forces in the area. Northern troops streamed toward Shiloh via rail and many steamed their way up the Tennessee River aboard paddle wheeler boats. As Southern forces marched up from Corinth, Miss. they were on a collision course with Union forces gathered in southern Tennessee.       

When the battle started on April 6 more than 110,000 soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies were pitted against one another. Thousands of Iowans were a part of the massive carnage and among them was a company of Appanoose County soldiers assigned to the 7th Iowa Infantry Regiment. The 7th was part of Tuttle’s Brigade, one of the top brigades in General Grant’s army.  Tuttle’s Brigade ended up in the middle of the line at the Hornet’s Nest and in the middle of the most savage fighting on the field. Their position took as many as 12 separate Confederate charges and a barrage of artillery fire. Many Iowans spilled their blood that day and those who survived the Hornet’s Nest never forgot the terror.

Text Only
Local News
  • 041814 Miller-Meeks Photo Miller-Meeks campaigns Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, candidate for congressional Iowa District 2, promised the 10 who came to The Garage in Centerville Wednesday she would do "the full Grassley" if elected. "The full Grassley," Miller-Meeks said, is what Iowa Sen. Chuck Gr

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry April 18, 1942: There was a raid in the Pacific on April 18 that was morale boosting for Americans. It was four months and 10 days after Pearl Harbor. Eighty crewmen in 16 B-25s, led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, took off from an aircraft carrier, the

    April 18, 2014

  • New boilers cost district $380,000 The summer boiler replacement projects will be getting underway after the Centerville School Board approved a $380,801 bid from Capital City Boiler and Machine Works out of Des Moines during their April 14 meeting. Six bids were received and the boar

    April 18, 2014

  • Appanoose County History April 18, 1865: Lincoln had been shot on the evening of Friday, April 14. 1865. He died at 7:22 the next morning. The news didn't reach Centerville until the 18th. It arrived on the front pages of the Keokuk Daily Gate City and the Burlington Hawkeye

    April 18, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry April 17, 1925: Nellie Walker was born in Red Oak but from infancy on, Moulton was her hometown. Her father was Moulton's stone carver and monument maker. Nellie watched him work and occasionally used his tools. At 17 she made a bust of Abraham Linco

    April 17, 2014

  • 041714 Blue Out Day Photo 2 Blue Out Day in Centerville The third annual Blue Out Day in Centerville Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. was a windy, chilly two-hour event to bring child abuse prevention awareness to the community. Activities included Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon reading the child abuse aware

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry April 16, 1861: By this date the news that President Lincoln wanted volunteers to fight for the preservation of the Union was the talk of Appanoose County. Centerville's reaction to the national crisis was immediate. Flags were placed at the old log-

    April 16, 2014

  • Informational meetings Organizing for Main Street is pressing on after their Jan. 16 presentation to Main Street Iowa officials who denied their application to be a part of the Main Street Iowa program. Last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-10, for one hour each da

    April 16, 2014

  • Spawning fish for better fishing The annual spring fish netting is underway at Rathbun Lake, Spirit Lake and Guttenberg and will begin Tuesday night at Storm Lake, as the spawning season picks up steam. Staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources collects walleye, northern p

    April 16, 2014

  • 'Teach Children To Save' in Appanoose County Iowa Trust and Savings Bank partnered with local schools to celebrate Teach Children To Save Day with savings education on April 10 and 11. More than 185 local youths explored lessons designed to educate students on the value of saving money. Establ

    April 16, 2014

  • Supervisors dealing with vacancy

    Iowa Code states if there is a vacancy in an elected county office then there are two ways to fill the vacancy, one being that county’s board of supervisors can make an appointment, the other by special election.

    April 16, 2014 1 Story

  • Local Easter egg hunts The annual Moravia Easter egg hunt is at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at City Park. The Faith United Methodist Church Easter egg hunt is at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at the church on Highway 5 south. For all children in pre-k through sixth grade. If i

    April 16, 2014

  • Prison for Centerville man John Frank Thomasson, 30, of Centerville, was sentenced March 28 in the Appanoose County Courthouse to a total of six years in state prison. Thomasson was charged by Appanoose County Attorney Richard F. Scott by trial information on Oct. 29, 2013 wit

    April 15, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enyfs McMurry April 15, 1923/4: Centerville's radio station WDAX (see April 11's column) ceased operations suddenly and unexpectedly. The cause: the station, said the government, was not run by a licensed operator. It did come back onto the air, reconditioned and

    April 15, 2014

  • Healthy Appanoose: Week 14 The 14th week of the Healthy Appanoose Challenges are printed below. The free program can be joined anytime throughout the year. Log in at the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at to record challenges completed.

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads

The Iowegian wants readers to think about rental permit fees. The Centerville City Council has conducted two working sessions and a third one is planned in order to get a feel for the public's appetite about raising rental permit fees from charging a landlord $25 every two years to charging a certain amount per rental unit per year. So, the question of the week is, "Are you in favor of Centerville increasing rental permit fees?"

A. I'm in favor.
B. I'm not in favor.
C. I'm not sure.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook