Opposed to them were the gallant sons of Iowa, descended mainly from the Puritan fathers. Immortal Iowa! what a page in the volume of American history is reserved for thee! Long, long will a nation remember how her champions of freedom, like their sires of the Revolution, ragged and barefooted, remained after the expiration of their term of service, to lay their lives a sacrifice upon the altar of their country at Wilson’s Creek; how they left their mark upon the foe at Belmont; how they scaled the heights of Donelson; and last but not least, how they crushed, with the might of Spartans, the advancing hordes at Sugar Creek, in the wilds of Arkansas. – There, too, stood the patient, courageous sons of Germany, face to face with an insolent and unprincipled foe, contending for those principles of liberty and justice for which they have until now striven in vain. Honor to these men and their great leader for the part they sustained in this momentous day.
–-Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, March 29, 1862, p. 2
The above post is transcribed from the Civil War Notebook - a blog devoted to the history of the Civil War by Jim Miller.