|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Wapello County - Ottumwa
Civil War Soldier Wooden Sculpture
Thank you to John Richards of Ottumwa for sending this photo and information about this wonderful new monument. Here is what he wrote, "The statue is of a Civil War soldier with an American flag draped over his shoulder. The statue is a chainsaw carving by renowned Des Moines artist, Gary Keenan. It is about 11 feet tall and stands in our Civil War cemetery, a part of the Ottumwa Cemetery. The monument is made from a white oak tree estimated to be 250-300 years old which died from oak wilt fungus. We did not wish to lose a tree that was growing during the Civil War so I had the idea of making it into a sentry guarding his fallen comrades. The Ottumwa Arts Council became involved and the Legacy Foundation funded the project. Now the beautiful tree has been transformed into a monument honoring veterans past and present."
Take Court Street North from the business district to the Ottumwa Cemetery. The monument is very visible from the street.