Colonel William H. Kinsman
Born July 11, 1832, in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia
— Killed in Battle of Black River Bayou May 17, 1863 —
of Council Bluffs,
Lieutenant and Captain Co. B.
4th Iowa Infantry,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel
23rd Iowa Infantry.
[Dedicated] May 17, 1902
By mid-May, 1863, the Union Forces of Major General Ulysses S. Grant had captured Jackson, Mississippi and wheeled west to attack and encircle Vicksburg. In the vanguard of the Federal assault was the Twenty-Third Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment commanded by Colonel William H. Kinsman of Council Bluffs.
On the morning of May 16, 1863, the Twenty-Third led the charge against the Confederate troops defending the Black River, the last natural barrier protecting the South's remaining vital city on the Mississippi River. Kinsman was fatally wounded as he led the Iowans into a volley of Confederate fire; he died the following morning and was buried at the battle site.
In the late 1800's, veterans of Kinsman's command, with the encouragement and help of General Grenville M. Dodge, recovered and returned the colonel's remains to Council Bluffs.
A Project of the Bluffs Arts Council,
Council Bluffs, Iowa, November 11, 1997
Funded by a gift in memory
of James A. Fox, 102nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment,
of Peder Pederson, 46th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment,
of Charles Jordan, 17th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and
of William Robinson, of the Ship's Company, U.S.S. Thomas A. Benton, an ironclad of the Mississippi River Flotilla.
Erected 1902 by His Comrades and the Citizens and School Children of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. 41° 16.338′ N, 95° 51.02′ W. Marker is in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in Pottawattamie County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fairview Cemetery, Oakland and Lafayette Avenues, Council Bluffs IA 51503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kanesville Mormon Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Visit (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish War Veterans (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mormon Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Council Bluffs Veterans Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away); Council Bluffs Free Public Library (approx. one mile away); Grenville M. Dodge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Council Bluffs.
Also see . . . "Colonel William H. Kinsman," by Grenville M. Dodge, in Annals of Iowa (1902). (Submitted on April 17, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on April 17, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.