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Near Butler in Bates County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Battle of Island Mound Memorial

 
 
Battle of Island Mound Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 27, 2012
1. Battle of Island Mound Memorial Marker
Inscription.

Here, on October 29, 1862 was the first crucible to test the mettle of formerly enslaved black men during the Civil War.

Here, a group of volunteers faced battle with the certainty of only two outcomes - victory or death - for there would be no quarters given to a black man who had taken up arms.

Here, in uniforms issued on behalf of a country that had not yet emancipated them, they revealed courage and tenacity under fire.

Here, the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry defeated a force rebellious to the Federal government laying to rest doubts that former slaves could perform as soldiers.

Here, their bravery and determination helped our nation better understand the founding fathers' words "all men are created equal."

Here, on October 27, 2012 we memorialize their victory and the American freedoms they fought for so bravely.
 
Erected 2012 by Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 38° 14.19′ N, 94° 26.372′ W. Marker is near Butler, Missouri, in Bates County. Marker is on Marth Road (County Road 1002) east of Cooper Road (County Road 5001), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Battle of Island Mound
Battle of Island Mound Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 27, 2012
2. Battle of Island Mound Memorial
Looking southwest
State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Butler MO 64730, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regimental History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Island Mound: A Demonstration to the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Island Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); The Toothman Farm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bates County, Missouri in 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prairie Fire and the Battle of Island Mound (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 5.6 miles away); Butler History Murals (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Butler.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Island Mound. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. First Kansas Colored Infantry. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Civil War in Missouri. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 27, 2012
3. Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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