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Sioux County: Hawarden
GPS Coordinates: 43.005683 by -96.471450
Civil War Monument
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The Soldiers' Monument in Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden was dedicated on September 10, 1919. It consists of a 20 foot tall shaft of Barre, Vermont granite which is inscribed at the top with "1861 Veterans 1865". The pedestal in front of the shaft is inscribed on 2 sides with the names of the Civil War dead buried in the cemetery as of 1919 and on the third side with the names of Civil War veterans living in the Hawarden community in 1919. At the time of the monument's dedication, a granite statue of a soldier in uniform with rifle and pack stood atop the pedestal. The statue was destroyed in a wind storm in 1930 and has never been replaced. Funding for the monument was through a $4600 appropriation from the Sioux County Board of Supervisors pursuant to the 1915 Supplement to the Code of Iowa (the Board allocated $100 per Civil War & Spanish-American War veteran buried in the cemetery at the time of the funding). The Mansfield Post of the G. A. R. secured the funding, design, and completion of the monument.
Grace Hill Cemetery is located on the northeastern edge of Hawarden. Take Buchanan off Highway 10 to the Cemetery. The monument is in the center of the Cemetery under the large trees.
Thank you to the Ireton Historical Society for the historical information and the very good photo. The second photo shows descendants of soldiers listed on the monument at a re-dedication on 5/3/14. Members of the SUVCW Kinsman Camp are also shown in the photo. The third image is an old undated postcard showing the soldier - thanks to Danny Krock for providing this. The final three photos, taken 8/30/16, shows the lists of soldiers from the Hawarden area.