|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Mahaska County - Oskaloosa
GAR section of Forest Cemetery and Freedom Rock
This area includes a Parrott cannon, many tombstones of CW veterans, and the memorial to General Samuel Rice. There is also a red, white and blue “GAR” sign on the lawn. The cannon is a 4.2 inch Navy Parrott rifle cast at West Point Foundry in 1863. The weight is marked as 3460 pounds. It was donated to Phil Kearney GAR Post #40 in 1902. It was part of the battery of U.S.S. Vicksburg and fired 101 times through March, 1865. Many of the tombstones are discolored. Samuel A. Rice was the Colonel of the 33rd Iowa Infantry. In August of 1863 he was promoted to Brigadier General. He was severely wounded at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas and died July 6, 1864. His memorial, a 30 foot marble shaft, is just southeast of the GAR Section. Forest Cemetery, 634 North 9th Avenue, is on the NE part of town. Take Avenue A/Highway 92 to N 9th Street – then north to the cemetery. The GAR section is in the west central part of the cemetery. Photos were taken 11/29/07 - the cannon close-up was taken 8/6/10.
The final photo shows the Mahaska County Freedom Rock. It includes a number of notable military leaders from the region including Samuel Rice and his brother Elliott Rice. Both practiced law together in Oskaloosa before the War. Elliott joined the 7th Iowa Infantry in 1861 as a Corporal and left in 1865 as a Brevet Major General, participating in many battles in the Western Theater of the War. It was reported he received seven wounds. The Freedom Rock, by artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen, is on the east edge of Oskaloosa off the south side of Highway 92. The photo was taken 10/5/20.