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Polk County: Des Moines
GPS Coordinates: 41.590366 by -93.649316
General Nathaniel Baker Monument and Cannons in Woodland
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General Baker served as Iowa’s Adjutant General during and after the Civil War. He had a major role in raising 57 regiments during the war. He was considered a friend and supporter of veterans after the war. When he died in 1876, veterans raised funds for an impressive monument in Woodland cemetery. The location is in the western portion of the cemetery. This granite obelisk is about 25 feet high. The monument photos were taken 9/21/07.
Originally there were four cannons surrounding the Baker Monument. One of these has been loaned to the Gold Star Museum, a military museum, at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. The one at the Museum and the two in first photo are 12 pounder Confederate bronze howitzers cast at Quinby & Robinson of Memphis. The last one shown is a 6 pounder bronze field gun, M1841 from Cyrus Alger & Co. in 1854. The cannon photos were taken 5/25/08.