This history of Iowa's involvement in the Civil War was published in 1888. the author, Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers, was a member of the Fifth Iowa Infantry during the Civil War, having enlisted in 1861. Byers was eventually captured and spent well over a year in several Confederate prison camps. Following his escape, Byers joined Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's staff until the war's end. in 1869 he was appointed United States Consul to Zurich, Switzerland, and later held the same position in Rome. Byers many works include "The Song of Iowa," the official state song of Iowa.