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Marion County: Knoxville
GPS Coordinates: 41.320383 by -93.121383
Governor William M. Stone Memorial and Freedom Rock
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William M. Stone (1827-1893) was the Colonel and commanding officer of the Iowa 22nd Infantry Regiment. His regiment led the Federal charge at Vicksburg on May 22, 1863 and were the only Federal troops to actually occupy Confederate positions for a period until being driven back. Col. Stone was wounded in this battle. After resigning from the Army, he ran and was elected as Governor of Iowa for the 1864-68 term. He was at Ford's Theater the night President Lincoln was shot and helped carry the wounded body across the street. He had a law practice in Knoxville after serving as Governor. This unpretentious memorial, considering he was a former Governor, is in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. The inscription is difficult to read. Other family members are buried near-by. As you enter the cemetery, bear right and after rounding a curve in the road, the gravestone is on the left. Take Pleasant Street west to the west edge of town - it is near the Veterans Hospital. The first two photos were taken 11/18/08.
Artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen painted a Freedom Rock that honors William Stone and Dixie Gebhardt, a Marion County native and designer of the Iowa Flag. It is located on 526 N. Lincoln Street in Knoxville just south of the Race Track. These photos taken 8/21/20.