First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Monument – Butler, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 15.498 W 094° 19.954
15S E 383413 N 4235314
Quick Description: Monument honoring African-American Civil War Regiment in Butler, Missouri
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2015 9:00:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMNJHT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Monument is located on the Bates County Courthouse grounds. It features a bronze life-sized statue of a single black soldier and was designed by sculptor Joel Randall. The statue is titled "The Battle of Island Mound." The statue stands on a stone base with a plaque inscribed:

"First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry"

The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry fought and won the Battle of Island Mound, also known as The Battle at Fort Toothman on October 28 & 29, 1862 in Charlotte Township approx 7.5 miles southwest of Butler. It is said to have been the only battle fought on Bates County soil, in which regular U.S. troops were involved. The First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry was the first black unit to fight in the Civil War. Reportedly Southern rebels outnumbered the black troops five to one, attacked the fort in fierce hand-to-hand combat ensued. 
Of the Kansas Infantry's involvement it was written, "They Fought Like Tigers"

"First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry"
They Fought Like Tigers

Founded & Organized by
The Amen Society
Date Installed or Dedicated: 10/12/2008

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: The Amen Society

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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