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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 May 17, 1902. It is surrounded by 4 huge cannons. These are identical 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 were taken 9/1/08 - the cannon photo was taken 5/10/18.
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. The final image is a copy of an old undated postcard furnished by Danny Krock - note that there is a ball at the top of the monument that is missing today.