|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Story County - Nevada
Confederate Cannon, Monument and Gettysburg Address Plaque
This 3 inch Confederate bronze rifled cannon was cast at the A. B. Reading and Brother foundry in Vicksburg in 1861. It is the No 1 of this design manufactured there. The cannon and carriage are in excellent condition. The final Yankee victim occurred in 1918 celebrating Armistice Day one of the celebrators was accidentally killed when the cannon was fired. The Gettysburg Address plaque was dedicated by the WRC in 1930. Originally the cannon and plaque were together but were separated when the old courthouse was replaced about 25 years ago.
On Flag Day, 2013, an impressive ceremony was held to dedicate the new monument and re-dedicate the canon and Gettysburg Address plaque. The monument is dedicated to Lt. Jason Ferguson of Company D, 12th Iowa Infantry. He was from Nevada and died of wounds at the Battle of Shiloh. He was the first fatality from Story County. The courthouse is located just south of the business district. Photos taken 11/15/07, 8/28/08 and 6/14/13.