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Bentonsport in Van Buren County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Iowa’s Confederate General

 
 
Birthplace of Iowa’s Only Confederate General Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dann Hayes, September 22, 2007
1. Birthplace of Iowa’s Only Confederate General Marker
This monument was dedicated on September 22, 2007.
Inscription. General Lawrence Sullivan ‘Sul’ Ross, CSA, was born in Bentonsport, Iowa, Van Buren County on September 27, 1838. His family moved to Texas in 1839, where he grew to manhood. In 1859, Sul Ross was commissioned a Captain in the Texas Rangers, fought Comanches, rescued Cynthia Ann Parker (Mother of Quanah Parker), and in 1861, enlisted as a Private in the 6th Texas Cavalry CSA. He rose rapidly through the ranks to become Brigadier General of the 6th Texas Cavalry and later Brigade Commander, Jackson’s Division, Forrest’s Cavalry Corps. Gen. Sul Ross took part in 135 battles, including Elkhorn Tavern, Corinth, the Atlanta and Franklin-Nashville Campaigns. He returned to Texas after the Civil War and served as Sheriff of McLennan County, Texas, Governor of Texas from 1887-1891, and President of Texas A&M University from 1891 until his death in 1898.

Frontiersman, Soldier, Statesman, Educator; A Native Son of Iowa, Adopted Son of Texas.
 
Erected 2007 by Iowa Sons of Confederate Veterans; Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans; Marmaduke Chapter of Military Order of Stars & Bars; Douds Stone, Iowa’s Confederate General.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
 
Location.
Monument for Sullivan "Sul" Ross, Iowa's only Confederate general image. Click for full size.
By Michael Dann Hayes, September 22, 2007
2. Monument for Sullivan "Sul" Ross, Iowa's only Confederate general
40° 43.534′ N, 91° 51.298′ W. Marker is in Bentonsport, Iowa, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Main Street (County Road J 40), on the right. Touch for map. The location of the marker is in the County Conservation Board Park – South side of Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Keosauqua IA 52565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Trail Crossing at Des Moines River ( approx. 3.3 miles away); Dragoon Trail Historical Site Marker No. 2 ( approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Lawrence Sullivan Ross, CSA at HistoryCentral.com. (Submitted on April 29, 2010, by John Desaulniers, Jr. of Mingo, Iowa.)
 
Categories. HeroesNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2007, by Michael Dann Hayes of Malcom, Iowa. This page has been viewed 3,681 times since then and 1,180 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2007, by Michael Dann Hayes of Malcom, Iowa. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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