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Re-enactors to help honor Civil War soldier
The Hawk Eye

MOUNT PLEASANT -- The 3rd Iowa Cavalry re-enactors have been added to the list of participants in a Medal of Honor dedication ceremony Sunday at a cemetery in rural Henry County.

The re-enactment group is based in Hills and will appear in period clothing at the 2 p.m. ceremony at Oak Grove Pioneer Cemetery, 1902 Hickory Ave.

The event will honor Army Pvt. John P. Yount, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on Nov. 13, 1871, for "gallantry in action with Indians." A Henry County native, he served in the 3rd U.S. Cavalry in the Arizona Territory.

In May, a special Medal of Honor government headstone was placed at Yount's grave site at Oak Grove Pioneer Cemetery in Henry County. Sunday's event is a public dedication of that headstone.

With the discovery of Yount's burial site, there are 11 Medal of Honor recipients with ties to Henry County, according to Iowa Sen. Dennis Black, D-Newton, author of "Profiles of Valor -- Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients Vol. 1, Civil War."

Black will be among the special guests at the dedication ceremony, joining William Johnson of the State Historical Society of Iowa, members of the Medal of Honor Society from Missouri and Idaho and representatives from Henry County veterans groups.

Some of Yount's descendants also are expected to attend.

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