Cemetery walk to feature Civil War re-enactors

-Submitted photo Members of the Light Artillery Civil War Reenactment Group, of Lake View, will be present at the Cottonwood Cemetery walk.

LAKE CITY — Civil War re-enactors will be featured at the upcoming cemetery walk at Cottonwood Cemetery near Lake City.

Members of the Light Artillery Civil War Reenactment Group, of Lake View, will be present. The men will be wearing uniforms of the Union and Confederate armies while the women will be wearing historic dresses.

The cemetery walk will be from 2 to 4 p.m. May 26 at the cemetery west of Lake City. To get to the cemetery, go two miles west of Lake City on Iowa Highway 175 and then turn south on Garber Avenue.

In case of bad weather, the event will be held in the Historic Central School Building, 211 S. Center St., in Lake City.

Freewill donations will be accepted with all donations going to the Cottonwood Cemetery Preservation Association. That association is a nonprofit group formed in 2012 to preserve, beautify and restore Cottonwood Cemetery.

The association is raising funds to erect a cemetery directory If You Go

What: Cottonwood Cemetery Preservation Association’s cemetery walk

When: 2 p.m. May 26

Where: Cottonwood cemetery west of Lake Citythat will include a grave location map.

During the cemetery walk, members of the re-enactment group will portray six Civil War veterans. Among those to be portrayed is Cpl. Henry H. Sifford, who escaped the dreaded Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Also to be portrayed is James W. Bruce, who was shot in the chest during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.

Dr. Mary Lois Calhoun, one of the first women to graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in Ames will also be honored.

Cottonwood Cemetery has been in existence since 1864.

Cottonwood Cemetery Preservation Association cemetery walk

When: 2 p.m. May 26

Where: Cottonwood Cemetery

west of Lake City

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