Colfax historians to right a 24-year-old wrong
Jasper County Civil War vet’s grave marked by wrong headstone type
Corporal Jacob Binkerd of Colfax was one of thousands at the Battle of Vicksburg. For decades local residents have passed his grave in McKeever Cemetery, north of Colfax. Only those with knowledge of history and the military coupled with a strong desire to “never forget” would notice something was amiss and needed to be rectified.
May of 2013 marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Vicksburg. Iowa sent many of their young men to this historic battle. Many would never return home again.
“There is a spectacular monument in the Vicksburg National Park that was dedicated on November 15, 1906,” according to Tom Gaard of the Iowa Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. “Governor Albert B. Cummins, General Grenville Dodge and a delegation of 150 Iowans were present for the dedication that cost the State of Iowa $150,000. At 64 feet wide and 29 feet high in the center portion the monument is comprised of six bronze relief sculptures and a large equestrian statue.”
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