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Bloomfield in Davis County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Confederate Invasion of Iowa Monument

 
 
The Confederate Invasion of Iowa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dann Hayes
1. The Confederate Invasion of Iowa Marker
Inscription.  
Site of
The Confederate Invasion of Iowa
12th Day of October 1864.

This monument marks the northern most point of incursion into Iowa by Confederate Forces. On October 12, 1864, Lieutenant James “Bill” Jackson led twelve heavily armed Missouri Partisan Rangers dressed in Union uniforms in a raid through Davis County, Iowa, resulting in the murder of three local citizens. • This Plaque Dedicated in 2005 • Davis County Civil War Guerrilla Raid Society.

(plaque to the left of main plaque) In Honor Of Those Citizens of Davis County Who Sacrificed And Served to Preserve The Union. • Donated in 2005 by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

(plaque to the right of main plaque) Confederate Partisan Rangers Came From Missouri To This Point, The Furthest North Of Any Confederate Incursion During the Civil War. • Donated in 2005 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War.
 
Erected 2005 by Davis County Civil War Guerrilla Raid Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed
Monument for The Confederate Invasion of Iowa in Davis County, Iowa. image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dann Hayes
2. Monument for The Confederate Invasion of Iowa in Davis County, Iowa.
in these topic lists: Notable EventsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
 
Location. 40° 44.5′ N, 92° 25.133′ W. Marker is in Bloomfield, Iowa, in Davis County. Marker is on South West Street 0.3 miles south of Karr Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 903 South West Street, Bloomfield IA 52537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Davis County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); J P Strother (approx. 15.9 miles away); Gerald W. Fackler (approx. 15.9 miles away); Doodlebug (approx. 15.9 miles away); Charles M. Martin (approx. 15.9 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 15.9 miles away); McHaffey Opera House (approx. 16 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomfield.
 
Regarding The Confederate Invasion of Iowa Monument. This monument marks the farthest north that any Confederate soldiers reached during the Civil War, at 40 degrees, 44½ minutes north latitude. General Morgan’s
Plaque on the Left of the Main Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dann Hayes
3. Plaque on the Left of the Main Plaque
raid ended two miles west of West Point, Ohio, at 40 degrees, 41½ minutes north latitude (about five miles short of what Jackson reached), and claims to be the northernmost incursion of any officially organized Confederate body.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. What Was the Northern most "Battle" of the Civil War?
 
Additional comments.
1. "Northernmost Engagement"
The "secret" to this marker is reading the fine print. Is this is the "northernmost" battle? Well perhaps and perhaps not. A marker for "Morgan's Raid" in Ohio also claims that distinction (see related markers).
And we also have the question of St. Albans in Vermont. Well again, many contend the raiders there were not true "Confederate soldiers" but rather partisans (or other unsavory words).

Truth be known, NONE of these locations are properly the northernmost battle. That distinction goes to an action fought on June 27, 1865 off the coast of St. Lawrence Island, in the Bering Sea, now part of Alaska. Yes, well after the surrender of troops on land, a Confederate privateer named the CSS Shenandoah captured and burned Union whalers. Thus in addition to being the northernmost and westernmost, the action was among the last battle of the Civil War. (And the CSS Shenandoah
Plaque on the Right of the Main Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dann Hayes
4. Plaque on the Right of the Main Plaque
also fought the easternmost and likely the southernmost actions of the war during her voyage.) Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted March 15, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

2. Northern Most Battle
The marker says nothing about the Northern Most Battle, it states, "northern most point of the incursion into Iowa." So the sign is not referring at all to where the Northern most battle of the Civil War was, but only pointing out this was a far as the confederate incursion went into Iowa.
    — Submitted December 5, 2019, by John E Frick of Cincinnati, Ohio.

3. Comment is about other marker?
I think that the original commenter is not referring to the main marker photo, but possibly photo #4, which isn't so clear about the distinction. The original commenter is a long time writer of a Civil War blog and public speaker about the Civil War.
    — Submitted December 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Michael Dann Hayes of Malcom, Iowa. This page has been viewed 6,275 times since then and 235 times this year. Last updated on September 23, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Michael Dann Hayes of Malcom, Iowa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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