Icaria, Adams County and the Civil War


June 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the French Icarian Colony Foundation say an Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission endorsed event, entitled “Icaria, Adams County and the Civil War,” will be held June 23rd from 9:00-am to 5:00-pm, at America’s French Icarian Village, located  at 2349 220th Street, in Corning.  The commemoration will recognize the sacrifices made by Icaria and Adams County families during the Civil War.  Whether they were soldiers on the battlefield, supported the troops from the home front, or defended their state’s southern border, Iowans played an important role in the Civil. War.  The Icaria and Adams County men and their families shared in that sacrifice. 

The family oriented event will include a military encampment, recruiting scenarios, musket and cannon demonstrations, a skirmish, storytelling, a ladies tea (for which reservations are required by June 18th), children’s period games and activities, heritage craft demonstrations, President Lincoln and two exhibits.  The Fiery Trial: Iowa and the Civil War, a traveling exhibit from the Iowa on the Move Program will be on loan as well, from the State Historical Society of Iowa.  An additional traveling exhibit from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era with presentations from President Abraham Lincoln will be on loan.  More information is available at www.icaria.net, 641.322.4717 or icaria@frontiernet.net.