Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments
Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

James Brownell Memorial
Pvt. James Brownell was the first soldier from Black Hawk County killed in the Civil War. He was in Company K of the 3rd Iowa Infantry Regiment and was killed in the Battle of Blue Mills, Missouri on September 17, 1861. This granite monument, dedicated in 1937, is at his home site. Both the Cedar Falls GAR and WRC Posts were named in his honor. 150 years after his death, on September 17, 2011, a re-dedication ceremnoy was held in his honor led by SUVCW members. Participating in the ceremony were, from left, Jim Wolf, Kevin Pearson, and Tom Gaard. Take Highway 57 west out of Cedar Falls. The monument is about 1/4 mile west of the small community of Benson on the south side of the road. Photos taken 9/19/10 and 9/17/11.

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