|Memorial stone in Muscatine,Iowa at former location of Camp Strong, muster point, training camp and embarkation center for 24th Iowa Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.|
"The regiment remained at Camp Strong, Muscatine County, Iowa until the 19th of October, 1862, on which date it marched to the levee at Muscatine and, embarking on transport proceeded to St. Louis, where orders were received to proceed at once to Helena, Ark. There it arrived and disembarked on the 28th of October, going into camp just south of the city and joining the brigade commanded by Colonel McGinnis of the Eleventh Indiana. Many of the men had been attacked by sickness while upon the boat, and the unhealthy locality in which the regiment was now encamped added largely to the number upon the sick list. The privations and hardships endured by the Twentyfourth Iowa, while at Helena and when engaged in the several expeditions in which it participated during the winter of 1862-3, were the most severe in its history."