Gen. Grant has eleven Iowa regiments under his command, and it is probable that nearly all of them were in the fight. Yet the telegraph says nothing of their having any officers killed or wounded – a circumstance from which we might derive some consolation were it not that past experience assures us we musn’t expect to hear from Iowa troops till after the big States have had their bloviation; then, perhaps, will come the tardy admission that some Iowa regiment turned the tide of battle. Won’t somebody start a mud-turtle express, so that we can hear from the Iowa boys, on occasions of future battles, in advance of the ordinary modes of communication? Who’ll commence it?
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, April 11, 1862, p. 1