Delta Kappa Gamma, Shelby County University Women, Delphians, Harlan Literary Club, and the Harlan Community Library have received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called “Just Before the Battle Mother – A Visit from a Civil War Soldier” by O. J. Fargo at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning October 10th at the Harlan Community Library. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
Funded from Humanities Iowa, a private non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 755-5934 in advance. This program is free and open to the public.
O.J. Fargo has recently retired as the Director of Media Services and Social Studies consultant for the Green Valley Area Education Agency in Creston. He is the author of two books on Iowa history, a book on the everyday life of a Civil War soldier and 27 booklets on all aspects of Iowa and Western US history. In addition to this writing and work, he is also president of an Iowa regiment of Civil War Re-enactors.
Just Before the Battle Mother – A Visit from a Civil War Soldier
After a brief overview of Iowa’s involvement in the Civil War, the audience is introduced to a returning Civil War soldier (played by O. J. Fargo). The audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the “soldier” who will stay in character while answering. The speaker will bring along a full roster of all men who served in and from Iowa in the Civil war to enable the participants to check for ancestors who served. Mr. Fargo dresses in full Union Army regalia for the presentation and focuses the presentation on an individual soldier’s experience.