Davis County Civil War Marker defaced, confederate flag and plaque removed

A monument honoring a Confederate marker in Davis County has been vandalized, the Sheriff is looking for the vandals.
A monument honoring Confederate soldiers in Davis County has been vandalized, the Sheriff is looking for the vandals.
A monument honoring Confederate soldiers in Davis County has been vandalized, the Sheriff is looking for the vandals.(KYOU | Janay Reece)
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 10:05 PM CDT
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DAVIS COUNTY, Iowa (KYOU) - The “Black Lives Matter” movement is calling for action to remove Confederate monuments across the nation but one monument in Davis County has gotten some attention recently.

The historical marker is just one of two monuments honoring the northernmost Confederate incursion in the area but the civil war monument was vandalized, most recently over the weekend.

The monument is one of Iowa’s few Civil War monuments commemorating the Davis County raid in 1864. Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis says it’s signifies a part of the area’s history.

“And it is just a marker to show where, again, Confederate Guerrilla’s come up dressed in Union uniform and actually killed three citizens here in Davis County,” said Sheriff Davis.

This monument used to have a plaque sitting on the right rock marking October 12,1864 as, “The most northern point of any confederate incursion during the Civil War,” but it was removed and vandalized.

“They spray painted ‘BLM’ or ‘Black Lives Matter’ on there and there’s also a flag stolen at that time,” said Sheriff Davis.

The monument is one of few in Iowa commemorating confederate soldiers, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Nancy Clancy, a member of the Davis County Civil War Guerrilla Raid Society says the marker was a collaboration between two groups, and she says she’ll protect the monument anyway she can. “History needs to be remembered not destroyed because it will repeat itself that’s happened time and time and time again,” said Nancy Clancy.

There are groups in Iowa looking to remove the monument in a different way. A petition on change-dot-org has close 1,500 signatures calling governor Kim Reynolds to remove all of Iowa Confederate monuments from public land.

As for the Civil War Monument in Davis County, Sheriff Davis says to the vandals there is a right way to have their voices heard and it is not to destroy or commit a crime.

“We’d like to find someone and charge them on that. It is not their property to be taking or defacing I know what is going on out here with in our country right now but that does not give someone the right to come in and commit crime, “said Davis.

The sheriff says right now, there are no leads or no evidence at this time leading to an arrest, but he hopes someone will come forward. Clancy adds the flag has been replace but it does not make up for the cost it took to replace what was lost.

KYOU will continue to follow this story as it develops and Sheriff Davis says if you know anything about the incident, contact the Davis County Sheriff’s Department.

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