Iowa memorial recalls forgotten story of Civil War loss
TOOLESBORO, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered to dedicate a memorial to six southeast Iowa brothers who died after enlisting to fight for the Union in the Civil War.
The deaths of the sons of James and Martha Littleton had long been forgotten until their story was uncovered by historians, whose effort to remember their sacrifice culminated in Tuesday's dedication near the community of Toolesboro.
Gov. Terry Branstad was among those who spoke at the dedication, which honored George, John, Kendall, Noah, Thomas and William Littleton. They all joined the Iowa infantry months after the war started, and none made it back to their home.
Some died of battle wounds, one drowned and one died in a confederate prison.
Gov. Terry Branstad helped raise funds for the $250,000 monument.
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