|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Van Buren County - Keosauqua
GAR Park Monument and Cannons
There is an 18 foot limestone monument with about 320 names of Civil War Veterans engraved on the four sides of the monument. Above the soldier inscription is an emblem with "Our Patriot Dead." 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 and west panel soldier inscription were taken 8/21/20. 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.
The first cannon shown 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 second cannon photo is listed on the National Civil War Artillery Registry as a 12 pounder iron "insurance" howitzer. The final cannons shown are identical 24 pounder flank howitzers, M1844 on the NE and NW 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.