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Polk County: Des Moines
GPS Coordinates: 41.588883 by -93.646783
Civil War Generals Woodland Cemetery
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This is a small granite monument in the south GAR section of Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa. It honors four Iowa generals buried in the cemetery. On the back is an inscription indicating the monument was dedicated by students of the Clive Elementary School in 1994-1995.
Also shown are the gravestones for Generals Tuttle, Merrrill and Crocker. The large memorial for General Baker is shown as a separate monument. General James Tuttle's tombstone is in block 6 about 50 yards west of the Hoyt Sherman mausoleum. General Merrill's tomb is built into the side of a hill. It had been in poor condition and was restored in 2016. It is in block 14. The plaque shows that he was Governor from 1868-72. General Crocker's original memorial - see newspaper photo - had deteriorated and was replaced with a more modern marker about 1990. It is more difficult to find - it is in block 6 about 50 yards north of the Hoyt Sherman mausoleum. Photos were taken 10/31/08 - the photo of Merrill was taken 10/19/16.
There is also a 5th General with a brevet rank that could have been included. General James B. Weaver is buried in Block 23 - Lot 52 located near the west edge of the cemetery. These photos, taken 7/27/09, are included below. See his home and a plaque in Davis County which are listed as a separate monument. There is also more information about him. The GPS coordinates for this monument in Woodland Cemetery are 41 35.368 -93 38.964