DES MOINES - Author and State Sen. Dennis Black of Lynnville will sign copies of his most recent book Saturday during the annual Christmas by the Lake festival in Clear Lake.

Black will sign copies of "Profiles of Valor: Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War" at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dana's Decorating Studio & Gift Shop, 309 Main Ave.

"Profiles of Valor" tells the stories of 57 Iowans who received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the American Civil War.

The Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, is given for distinguished gallantry during hostile action and is presented by the president of the United States in the name of Congress.

Black said he has been fascinated with the Civil War since his youth when he learned both of his paternal great-great-grandfathers were casualties of the war.

He compiled more than 90 photographs of Iowa's recipients, medals and other Civil War-related scenes for the book, which includes detailed biographical information of the recipients as well as a history of events before, during and after the Civil War in Iowa.

The 480-page book retails for $44.95/hardcover and $29.95/softbound and will be available for purchase at the book signing. Proceeds support the State Historical Society of Iowa.


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