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WASHINGTON Co., Iowa (KCRG) – What started as a way for Wellman’s Michael Huston to fill his love for Civil War history has turned into efforts to preserve Washington County’s history.

Huston purchased a CDV card from a Washington County soldier who served in C Company; a group of about 100 soldiers in Washington County. His wife’s great-great-great-grandfather served in C Company.

“I realized that the name they put on it was associated with a number and I thought it was part of a larger collection,” he said.

Huston contacted the seller who lived in Virginia and learned that the photo was one of several she was selling one by one. They were part of a collage of Company C photos assembled by John W. Morton. Morton also served in C Company with Huston’s distant in-laws. Huston said Morton was keen to share the stories of those with whom he served. He paid what he said were thousands of dollars for the full set.

“It was weeks or days before it was lost and taken apart,” Huston said.

After doing some restorations and donating a print of the piece to the Washington County Historical Society, Huston focused on preserving the story for another 150 years and continuing Morton’s work of telling the stories. of those who served in C.

“I plan to research and learn as much as possible about their stories,” he said. “They are not all different from us.

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