On Flag Day, June 14, a ceremony commemorating the original dedication of two important Story County Civil War artifacts will be held in Nevada. This year, 2013, marks the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War.
A cannon and bronze tablet, long a part of Story County history, will be rededicated at noon in front of the Story County Administration Building, 900 Sixth St., Nevada.
The cannon is a Confederate Parrott 3-inch cannon that was placed in front of the old courthouse in 1901 by the Grand Army of the Republic. The tablet, mounted on granite, features a profile of President Abraham Lincoln and the words of the "Gettysburg Address." It was dedicated on Flag Day 1930 by the Women’s Relief Corps.
Sons of the Union veterans of the Civil War re-enactors will take part in the ceremony that will also honor Jason Devillo Ferguson, Story County’s first hero of the Civil War. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862, where he is buried. Grand Army of the Republic Post #31 and the Women’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the GAR Post #147, are named in his honor. These organizations donated the historic cannon and tablet to the county.
All Civil War soldiers who volunteered will be honored, as well as the 550 veterans who found their final resting place in Story County.
It is hoped the event will be designated a Sesquicentennial Signature Event. The public is invited to attend.
The event is supported by Story County Board of Supervisors, Story County Veterans Affairs, Iowa Genealogical Society, Story County Genealogical Society, Story City Historical Society, Slater Area Historical Association, Nevada Community Historical Society, Maxwell Community Historical Society, Ames Historical Society, Cambridge Historical Association Society, Gilbert Historical Society and Huxley Historical Society.
For a day-to-day history of the Civil War, go to www.civilwar150.org.