SIOUX CITY - Ken Lyftogt, an expert on Civil War history and professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will give two free public presentations on Iowa's role in the American Civil War, April 7 and 8 in the Cargill Auditorium at Western Iowa Tech Community College's Sioux City campus.
"The American Civil War in Iowa" will be April 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lyftogt will focus on the volunteer soldiers of the Pioneer Grays and Cedar Falls Reserves infantry companies, many of whom served the Union for the duration of the war.
"Iowa's Forgotten General: Matthew Mark Trumbull" will be April 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Lyftogt will focus on the remarkable story of "the hero of the Hatchie," captain of the Butler County Union Guards.
Lyftogt has written three books on the Civil War including one about General Trumbull. The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war is April 12.
The presentations are hosted by The Institute for Lifelong Learning and have been made possible in part by support from Humanities Iowa through its Speakers Bureau.