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Contributed on 5/12/2003
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William H Kinsman Civil War Memorial
William H Kinsman, was a teacher in the Council Bluffs Schools when he went to the Civil War, he served as lieutenant and captian of Company B Forth Iowa infantry and lieutenant-colonel and colonel of the Twenty third Iowa infantry. It was while he was serving as colonel of the Twenty third Iowa infantry he was killed in the battle of the battle of the Black River Bayou, Mississippi on May 17 1863. It was belived he was buried where he fell on the battlefield, which proved not to be true.
Major-General Greenville M Dodge of Council Bluffs had the area searched where Colonel Kinsman had supposedly fallen but Kinsman's grave was not found. It was not until 1901 that the grave of Colonel Kinsman was found and his remains were sent to Council Bluffs.
General Dodge wanted a Memorial for his former friend and fellow officer, Colonel Kinsman, and apparently was the basis for the GAR Ground and Battlements were built on which rest four cannons used in the Civil War. Inside of the Battlements is the monument for Colonel Kinsman, as well as his grave just East of the monument. Outside of the Battlements are buried Veterans of the Civil War and their kin. A road circles the Memorial and outside of this circle are graves of more Veterans and their kin.

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