Two days full of intense interest were spent at Pittsburg Landing, under the leadership of Colonel Bell, the members of the Iowa Shiloh commission, and other veterans who helped make history here in this marvelous contest of brave, resolute, and determined men, north and south. A distinguished southerner has said of the battle: “The South never smiled after Shiloh.”
The mission of the Governor and the commissions was completed. The boats steamed away down the beautiful Tennessee, reaching Paducah, Kentucky, Saturday morning. The Iowa party spent the day in the city, the guests of the Elks’ Club in their beautiful new building. Luncheon was served, and a delightful reception given by officials, prominent citizens, and ladies of Paducah.
Saturday night the Governor's Special started on the homeward journey, reaching Chicago Sunday morning, November twenty-fifth. Here the party left the special train and took separate trains for their homes. Throughout the trip the arrangements had been most perfect and too much credit cannot be bestowed upon those who had the comfort of the party in their keeping. Mr. H. J. Phelps, and F. R. Wheeler represented the Illinois Central Railway, the latter joining the party at Chattanooga; Captain H. M. Pickell of Des Moines, an Iowa soldier, represented the Rock Island System; C. A. Rasmussen of Atlantic was in charge of the band car; Reau Campbell of Chicago, General Manager of the America Tourist Association, was in charge of the dining car and commissary and N. H. Martin had direction of the sleeping car service.
SOURCE: Abstracted from Alonzo Abernathy, Editor, Dedication of Monuments Erected By The State Of Iowa, p. 301