|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
County - Andersonville
Iowa Monument at Andersonville
The Andersonville prison near Americus, Georgia was for Union enlisted men and operated from February of 1864 to April of 1865. The death rates were very high with terrible crowding, sanitation and diet. There are 12,912 graves in the National Cemetery located there. The Iowa Monument, dedicated on November 17, 1906 is considered one of the most moving with inscriptions of 214 Iowa soldiers who died there. The weeping female figure is Rebecca from the Bible. It is based on a drawing by Thomas Nast in Harpers Weekly. Iowa Gov. A. B. Cummins at the dedication described it as "Iowa crying for the sons she has lost." The 20 foot monument cost $8130 and is located in the National Cemetery. There is a photo of the Commisssion Members, all of whom were prisoners. Thank you to Kevin Frye, Andersonville Historian, for photos and information about the Iowa Monument.