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Man purchases Civil War cards and realizes big part of Washington County history



WASHINGTON Co., Iowa (KCRG) – What started as Michael Huston’s Wellman to fulfill his love for the history of the Civil War turned into an effort to preserve the history of Washington County.

Huston bought paper 405 in the county of Washington, a soldier who served in Society C; a group of about 100 soldiers, all in Washington County. His wife’s great-grandfather served in Society C

“I realized that I had several cookies attached to my name and I thought it was part of a larger collection,” he said.

Huston, a vendor who lived and learned in Virginia, sold one of the many paintings and went individually. Some of the college’s pictures were from John W. Morton’s collection. Morton also served in the county with Huston’s son-in-law apart. Huston said Morton wanted to share the stories of those with whom he served. He said that he paid thousands of dollars for the complete set.

“It has been weeks or days since they were lost and scattered,” Huston said.

After a restoration and donation of a piece of print to the Washington County Historical Society, Huston’s focus on preserving history has been changed for another 150-year period, and Morton’s continuing work is to tell the stories of those who attended the Historical Society.

“I think, he says, “about research and learning as much as I can about stories.” “We are all different than us.”


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