Casey Civil War monument to be re-dedicated

Casey Civil War monument to be re-dedicated

The monument was originally dedicated by Civil War veterans in 1916 on Decoration Day. 

The Oakwood Cemetery Association and the Casey Historical Society will be re-dedicating the GAR monument (Grand Army of the Republic) at Oakwood Cemetery in Casey on Saturday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. with the Sons of the Union leading the service. 

The monument was originally dedicated by Civil War veterans in 1916 on Decoration Day. Just recently, a group of enthused citizens from Casey had a soldier monument placed there to recognize the importance of our veterans. It was created by Dusty Buzzard Chainsaw Carving. The group also preserved and cleaned up the old monument.

The Civil War ended in 1865, 151 years ago.  In 1866, the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major veteran’s group, was founded.

The G. A. R., made up of several hundred thousand Union veterans, was a political force to be reckoned with up into the 1930’s.  This group founded Memorial Day, started homes for indigent or disabled veterans, founded orphanages for children of those same veterans, and pushed for pensions to help veterans who could not work due to disabilities stemming from their service.

Often, a G. A. R. post, or the members of a Civil War regiment, would erect a monument or memorial to their comrades.  One such artifact is the G. A. R. monument in the Oakwood Cemetery in Casey.  Guthrie Center’s Margaret Batschelet worked for the G.A.R. in their state office in the later 1940s to early 1950’s nearing the end of the organization in the State and the Nation.  

On Saturday, June 4, this refurbished monument will be re-dedicated and the new wood carving of a Civil War soldier will be dedicated by members of Co. B, 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Sons Veteran Reserve, an auxiliary of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  S.U.V.C.W. Department Commander Danny Krock of Cambridge, Iowa, will be present to assist in the dedication.

Following the presentation, a Civil War era history will be shared at the Casey Visitor’s Center in the historic former Catholic Church. Refreshments from the Civil War era will be served with a presentation on the history of Casey’s area soldiers from that time. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothes similar to 1916. 

Casey will be celebrating its Sesquicentennial (150 years) in the summer of 2019. The committee looks forward to a fun event to celebrate the rich history of the town. 

One of Casey’s notable citizens was Thomas Duncan, famed author of Gus the Great (published 1947), which reached international fame. Duncan was born in Casey in 1905 and his house still stands there. 

The Jesse James Gang also purchased rope at the local hardware store the night before its first infamous train robbery outside of Adair. As with all Iowa towns, Casey is filled with many fascinating pieces of history that the residents hope to feature. 

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