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Atlantic News Telegraph
September 2008




From: Colonel William H. Kinsman Camp #23
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Atlantic, Iowa

Subject: New Civil War Monument Dedication

Lewis, Iowa will be the site for an event that has not happened in Iowa for almost a century. A new Civil War monument is being dedicated on Saturday, September 27 at one PM at the City Park in Lewis.

The new monument, dedicated to the men who served in Company I, 23rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry, will be presented to the City of Lewis by the members of Colonel William H. Kinsman Camp #23, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, on the exact spot where Company I was originally sworn into state service during the summer of 1862. The site, on the original Cass County Courthouse Square, lies opposite where the courthouse stood.

Raised by Captain James H. Coe, a Lewis merchant, this company was completely manned by Cass County residents, the only unit to do so. Captain Coe is buried in the Lewis Cemetery.

Another prominent resident of Southwest Iowa to be associated with this regiment was Colonel William H. Kinsman, a Council Bluffs resident, who was killed at the Battle of Big Black River Bridge on May 17, 1863. Kinsman’s own gravesite is an impressive affair in Council Bluffs’ Fairview Cemetery featuring a large engraved obelisk and four thirty-two pounder naval guns.

Among the dignitaries attending will be the Lewis Mayor and City Council, the Cass County Board of Supervisors, State representatives Jack Drake of Lewis and Geg Foristall of Macedonia and, schedule permitting, special guest Congressman Steve King. The keynote speaker will be Dana Kunze, Griswold Superintendent of Schools.

The public is cordially invited.



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