Iowa Preacher Starts “War”

Rev. George Cyphert Tally of Keokuk County was described as having as a “rugged, forceful, crude” man with “more zeal than discretion” but also a gifted orator. In the midst of the Civil War, the preacher started a confrontation between local Copperheads and Union supporters that required intervention by Gov. Samuel Kirkwood and a company of infantry.