|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Plymouth County - Akron
Civil War Obelisk Monument
This attractive monument is at the Riverside Cemetery located about one mile north of town. Thanks to Steve Hanken for the photo and notification of this monument. Thanks also to Dennis Hultgren for his excellent description of this monument,"It is a very nice obelisk, quite tall, slender, 4 sides, and coming to a point at the top. It is made of red granite. it is surrounded by 4 very old pine trees. I imagine those trees were planted at the same time as the dedication of the monument in 1910. This is almost in the center of the Cemetery, on a high location at the conjunction of cemetery roads. There are at least 12 Civil War Veterans buried in the cemetery. Most are buried near the Monument." He points out that all veterans would be immigrants to the area as Akron did not exist at the time of the war and is across the Missouri River from South Dakota. The inscription on the south side is "This stone is sacred to the memory of all soldiers, sailors, and marines who served the United States 1861-1865 wherever their ashes may lie known or unknown." The north side reads "erected A. D. 1910 by the Grand Army of the Rebublic, Womens Relief Corps and Citizens." The GAR inscription on the front is "Jas. Biddlecome Post No. 461." The WRC inscription on the east side is "Jas. Biddlecome Corps No. 245."