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Van Buren County: Keosauqua
GPS Coordinates: 40.732650 by -91.963550
GAR Park Monument and Cannons
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There is an 18 foot limestone monument with many names of Civil War veterans engraved on the four sides of the monument. There were several limestone quarries in the region and it is believed this is a local stone. It appears the monument was erected soon after the war. There are also four Civil War cannons, a World War I cannon and a granite monument honoring all veterans erected by the VFW in 2003. GAR Park is located just west of the courthouse on Highway 1. The photo of the monument was taken 10/11/07. The photos of the cannons were taken 4/20/08. Also included is an old undated postcard of the park - thanks to Danny Krock for providing this.
Photo 2 is a 12 pounder bronze Napoleon, M1857 cast at the Revere Copper Company in 1863. Old photos show it with an ammunition wagon or limber, which is in storage. The carriage appears to have been recently repaired and repainted. Photo 3 shows a cannon listed on the National Civil War Artillery Registry as a 12 pounder iron "insurance" howitzer. Photos 4 and 5 are identical 24 pounder flank howitzers, M1844 on the other 2 corners of the park. The top one has Registry Number #26 from West Point Foundry. The lower one has Registry Number #20 from the same foundry.