This is the last chapter of Making of Iowa. It is complete online at the
Iowa History Site.
Making of Iowa
The Battle of Athens
Really, the so-called battle of Athens was but a skirmish, yet a number of
lives were lost.
August 1 thirty-five tons of provisions were sent to Athens on the Des Moines
Valley Railroad, and at the same time a quantity of muskets and ammunition.
The Confederates heard of this, and determined to attack Athens and capture
the supplies. August 2 messengers arrived at Athens, bringing news of the plans
of the "Sesesh," and Sunday evening, August 4, another messenger came with
word that the onslaught was to be made the next day.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
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