Western Iowa Monument Re-Dedications

On Saturday, Oct. 6th, ten members of Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR, re-dedicated the Civil War Monument in the Oakland Cemetery at the site of the city of Quincy, the original country seat of Adams County, near Corning Iowa.  We were assisted by the American Legion posts from Corning and Nevinville.

Those present were Dept. Commander Mike Carr, Past Dept. Commander Jim Braden, Kinsman #23 Camp Commander Vern Damgaard, Dept. Chief-of-Staff Alan Kirshen, Dept. Signals Officer Dan Rittel and Dept. Assistant Chaplain Bill McAlpine, all of Kinsman Camp #23 and Past Camp Commander Henry Krecklow, Senior Vice Commander Dean Knudsen, and Junior Vice Commander Charles Harmon of Kirkwood Camp #4. We were also assisted by ASUVCW members Sharon Braden, Bev Carr and Jeanie Kirshen.  The keynote speaker was Dean Davis.  His great-grandfather, Capt. Frank Davis, Co. D, 29th Iowa Vol. Infantry, gave the keynote speech at the first dedication of the monument.

The following Saturday, Oct. 13th, Several members of the 10th Iowa, assisted by ASUVCW members Sharon Braden and Bev Carr, and 2 LT Steve Bauermeister from the Nebraska Rangers, member of Vifquain Camp #2, carried out 3 monument re-dedication ceremonies.  These were held for Monona, Harrison and Crawford Counties.

Monument at Onawa


Monument at Dunlap

Those attending were Dept. Commander Mike Carr, Past Dept. Commander Jim Braden, Dept. Graves Registration Officer Roy Linn, Kinsman #23 Camp Commander Vern Damgaard, Charles Boeck, and Dept. Assistant Chaplain Bill McAlpine (all of Kinsman Camp #23), and Past Camp Commander Henry Krecklow of Kirkwood Camp #4. At the ceremony in Denison, we were assisted by American Legion Post #8.

Monument at Denison

These ceremonies are part of the series of re-dedication events that have, and hopefully will be held, throughout Iowa.

Western Iowa Camps Stay Busy

Our western Iowa camps have been very the last month and a half. In April 24 Kirkwood Camp #4 and Kinsman Camp #23, put a living history program at Avoca for the A-H-S-T 4th and 8th graders at the city park.  The New Town school house, moved there from its original site southeast of Avoca was where the locals enlisted to fight in the Civil War.

On April 27 DC Carr and PDC Braden traveled to Fayette, IA, a 5-hour trip, to attend the ceremonies recognizing the Co. C, 12th Iowa Infantry, the “University Recruits” of Upper Iowa University.

The local SVR unit, Co. B, 10thIowa, whose members belong to these 2 camps, hosted several more living history programs for area schools.  On May 1 they traveled to Underwood Middle School. On May 2 they went to Atlantic Middle School, followed by an appearance at the Hitchcock House at Lewis, IA, an “Underground Railroad station” on  May 4.  A few days later, on May 8, they traveled to Lewis Central Middle School in Council Bluffs.

On May 11 our crew appeared for a program at Riverside Middle School, Carson, IA.  We finished our school tour at Nodaway Valley Elementary, Greenfield, IA. In total, Co. B, 10thIowa, SVR, did seven school programs for approximately 1,200 students and staff.

John G. Honeywell

On May 19, a hot, windy day, we took a lead part in the gravestone dedication ceremony for John Honeywell, 86th IL Vol. Infantry, at the Walnut, IA cemetery. The following Saturday, with temperatures standing at or near 95 degrees, May 27, we assisted as the color guard in the dedication ceremony for the new veterans monument at Macedonia, IA.

On May 28, our SVR unit served as the color guard at Memorial Day ceremonies at the Atlantic, IA Cemetery.