Please call Department Junior Vice Commander
Danny Krock: (515) 383-4588 or fill out our contact form.
Iowa Department Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Attn: Danny Krock
29949 610th Ave
Cambridge, IA 50046
As we know, General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, officially proclaimed Decoration Day as a time the fraternal Order would adorn the graves of their Comrades who "died in defense of their country".
On May 30, 1868 flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
By 1890 Decoration Day was observed by all of the northern states. But, the South refused to acknowledge the day.
G.O. 11 originally called only the Comrades of the G.A.R. to come forward to decorate the graves of the fallen and was to continue until not one Comrade remained...but, World War I changed that Order and encompassed all who have fallen in defense of this Grand Nation.
We are close to that time, once again, Brothers.
Colonel William H. Kinsman
Rededication Service & Commemoration
It is not often that a sesquicentennial event is commemorated on the exact day the event happened. In this case, the re-dedication of the monument to Colonel William H. Kinsman, commander of the 23rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry happened on the exact date (May 18) he died from mortal wounds inflicted as he led the decisive charge of his regiment at the Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi during the Vicksburg campaign in 1863.
The Monument, having fallen into disrepair, was restored under a joint effort of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Historic Lincoln-Fairview Neighborhood Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Council Bluffs.
The ceremony opened with a cannon shot fired by 2nd Lt. Glen Kelley, Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR from a 3-inch ordnance rifle forged in 1862.
The Posting of the Colors was performed by Co. A, 49th Iowa, SVR, 2nd Lt. Danny Krock, commanding.
The National Anthem was sung by Mrs. Carol Forristall of Macedonia, Iowa. The
Invocation was given by Dept. Chaplain Dennis Sasse. The welcome was given by Master of Ceremonies 1st Lt. Michael Carr, Co. B, 10th Iowa, SVR.
Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan gave the assembled audience of over 150 spectators a hearty welcome and urged them to take part in other projects designed to preserve and perpetuate the history and heritage of Iowa.
One of our most honored speakers was Mrs. Kori Nelson, Director, Historic Dodge House Museum (former home of Major General Grenville M. Dodge and friend of Col. Kinsman.). Following her speech, four ROTC Airforce cadets from Abraham Lincoln High School read letters from comrades of Kinsman who contributed to the building of the monument. Mrs. Nelson presented a binder to the Department of Iowa containing facsimiles of a cache of letters donated to the Dodge House (These will be posted to the Department web page.).
Iowa SUVCW Dept. Commander Richard Grim gave a short address on the purposes and goals of the Order. In keeping with the original ceremony, conducted on May 17, 1902,
A wreath was laid by Dept. Commander Richard Grim and Jane Gebhardt, Chapter Vice Regent, Council Bluffs Chapter NSDAR.
The keynote address was given by Mrs. Dennis (Glasgow) Mulshine, great-great granddaughter of Colonel Samuel Glasgow, Kinsman’s second-in-command and successor.
The dedication of Monument was performed by Dept. Commander Grim, 1st Lt. Carr (Officer of the Day) and Dept. Chaplain Dennis Sasse. The Symbols of the Soldier were placed by the Nebraska Rangers SVR, Capt. Marc Witkovski, Commanding. This unit fired the customary three volleys in honor of the fallen. Sgt. Henry Krecklow, Co. B, 10th Iowa, concluded the ceremony by the playing of “Taps”.
Submitted in F, C, & L,
Michael Carr, PDC
Civil War Memorial Service
May 25, 2013
On May 25, 2013 the citizens of Johnson County will dedicate a memorial to
Corporal Jacob H. Detwiler, of Company K, 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry and
Private Christian Detwiler, Jr. of Company B, 22nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry on the 150th Anniversary of their service and ultimate sacrifice to this nation at the battlefield of Vicksburg, Mississippi. This memorial service will be at the Thompson-Cherry Cemetery, Iowa City, located on Utah Ave. just off the Highway 6, just past Fun & Sun Camper Sales and to the right about two blocks.
This event is open to the public. Please come out and help us honor these two soldiers of the 22nd Iowa from Camp Pope, Iowa City, who gave the ultimate sacrifice 150 years ago.
Feel free to bring a lawn chair.
For more information place call: Jeff McDowell – 319.351.6678 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Detwiler Boys: were both in the 22th Iowa, out of Camp Pope in Iowa City. They were both killed at the battle at Vicksburg while assaulting the heavily fortified Ft. Beauregard. Corporal Jacob Detwiler was wounded on May 22 and died on May 28th, 1863, from his wounds. His brother, Private Christian Detwiler was killed that day in the assault against the fort. Both brothers are buried in Vicksburg, MS. Pvt. Christian Detwiler has a stone in the National Cemetery at Vicksburg, and Corp. Jacob Detwiler is buried in a mass grave at that sight. The 22nd Iowa was involved in numerous campaigns through-out the war. Vicksburg was their Hallmark; the 22nd was the first and only soldiers over the parapets and into the fort on May 22, 1863. They did not receive the support that they needed, but they did make it into the fort and took thirteen rebel prisoners out with them. In their endeavors they took 80% causalities. Two hundred men went into the fort and approx. only forty made it out. This was one tough group of men!