Madison County
Civil War 150 Committee

The Civil War 150 Committee was established in April, 2011 to honor our Union and Confederate veterans and to educate Madison County citizens through activities that help us remember the circumstances and sacrifices made.  The committee will commemorate the Civil War’s sesquicentennial though mid-year 2015.  Here is a little about each of our annual activities.

We have documented nearly 700 Civil War soldiers who left Madison County to serve or settled here after the war.  If you have questions about our programs or your family’s Madison County Civil War soldiers, contact us at our email address:



The Winterset Public Library and the Madison County Civil War 150 Committee present their 3rd Annual Civil War-themed Speakers Series



December 6, 2014 - Whose Fault Was This, Anyway?

Sherman Lundy, re-enactor with the Carroll County Rough and Readys camp of the Iowa Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will speak on the causes of the Civil War.


January 10, 2015 - Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant
eter Brady, a member of the Marshalltown Community Theater, will presents an informative, humorous, and touching portrayal of Grant as a general, president, husband, and father.


February 14, 2015 -  Company E of the 60th Iowa Infantry
Doug Jones, 
Historic Preservation Specialist for the State of Iowa as well as the Iowa Freedom Trail (Underground Railroad) Project Manager, will uncover the details of Iowa’s only Civil War regiment of African-American soldiers. February is Black History Month.


March 14, 2015 - Civil War Artillery
Paul Rambow, longtime Civil War Union soldier re-enactor and member of the Madison County Civil War 150 Committee, will share his knowledge and collection of Civil War artillery.


All programs are free and open to the public.

The series will be held at:


Zion Church at the Madison County Historical Complex

815 South Second Avenue, Winterset


Join us for an interesting and enlightening look at the world of war in which our ancestors lived.



Madison County’s Civil War 150 Committee
Presents their Fifith Annual
Memorial Day Celebration - Veterans' Tribute
Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:00 am
Winterset Cemetery

Please join us as we visit the gravestones and hear the biographies of selected Civil War soldiers.






There is no charge.  Program is expected to be one hour in length.  Sturdy shoes are recommended. You may bring your own lawn chair.

Contact us at


Join the Civil War 150 Committee at Madison County’s 45th Annual Covered Bridge Festival

Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, 2014

We hope to see you at the Madison County Museum Complex’s Passport to the Past activities.

Visit the CW150 Committee at the Train Depot to see our exhibits from both the Civil War military front and the domestic front of the women left behind.