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Pottawattamie County: Council Bluffs
GPS Coordinates: 41.272300 by -95.850316
Kinsman Monument and Cannons
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This is a stunning memorial to Col. William Kinsman. Col. Kinsman led the 23rd Iowa Regiment in a charge at Big Black River, Mississippi on May 17, 1863. He was wounded severely and died the next day. The monument includes a bronze plaque with a likeness of Col. Kinsman. His remains were returned to Council Bluffs and the monument was dedicated in 1902. It is surrounded by 4 huge cannons. These are 32 pounder seacoast guns, M1829, cast at West Point Foundry in 1829. The markings on the muzzle face show the initials of the inspector and the foundry registration number. It also has a circular "scare" - the result of a metallurgy test performed on the cannon. The monument is located in the northern section of historic Fairview Cemetery. Take Oakland Avenue north off Kanesville Blvd/Highway 6. Photos taken 9/1/08.
A Rememberance Ceremony in honor of Col. Kinsman was held on June 20, 2009 and attended by relatives of Col. Kinsman. Shown in the photo below are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kinsman and son Benjamin from Vancouver, BC along with members from the SUVCW Kirkwood Camp #4 and Kinsman Camp #23. Another ceremony was held on May 18, 2013 exactly 150 years after the death of Col. Kinsman. The next two photos were taken at this ceremony. The final image is a copy of an old undated postcard furnished by Danny Krock.