La Crosse Civil War Memorial and Cannons

© Photographed September 5, 2014
Dedicated Memorial Day 1913
Erected by Wilson Colwell Post No. 38 G.A.R.
La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
43.820195, -91.230353
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The monument is located on westbound La Crosse Street / State Highway 16, east of its intersection with Oakland Street, on the grounds of historic Oak Grove Cemetery, 1407 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601.

NOTE: Oak Grove Cemetery is huge. The GPS coordinates will take you directly to the marker location.

The memorial is included in the Oak Grove Cemetery Walking Tour:
This gray granite structure, also referred to as the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Monument, is a memorial to La Crosse area veterans of the Civil War. It features a granite statue of a Union soldier. Inside the monument, an airtight box contains the names of all who contributed to the memorial and the names of the members of the Wilson Colwel Post that promoted the idea. The monument was dedicated Memorial Day 1913.

Flanking the monument are two 12-pound solid brass Civil War era cannons that were placed on the site in 1916. Each cannon weighs 1,200 pounds and had a range of about one mile. Four types of projectiles could be fired by this cannon and it was used by both sides in every major battle of the Civil War.
(used with permission of Oak Grove Cemetery)

To obtain a copy of the Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure that "leads you on a walking tour of the cemetery and to some of the important historic graves and sites" and/or to plan your visit to Oak Grove Cemetery, click here.

These memorials / markers are also at this location:



The two Civil War cannons flanking the G.A.R. statue.


Nearby graves of Civil War soldiers.

 The Civil War memorial and cannons
are located at historic Oak Grove Cemetery,
which is a City of La Crosse Historic Site.

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