On Memorial Day, May 26 at 1 p.m., the headstones for three Civil War soldiers will be dedicated in Pella’s Oakwood Cemetery. Each was previously in an unmarked grave. The three soldiers are Private Daniel Dingeman, Company G, 33rd Iowa Infantry Regiment; 2nd Lieut. Thomas Forsyth, Company F, 40th Iowa Infantry Regiment and Private Dirk Rhynsburger, Company A, 15th Iowa Infantry Regiment.
The public is invited to attend to help recognize and honor these veterans. We expect descendents or relatives of these soldiers to be present. The ceremony will be led by a color guard of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Company A, 49th Iowa Regiment “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles”, attired in Civil War uniforms.
In the fall of 2012, there was a Civil War exhibit at the Scholte Home and other events in remembrance of the war. As part of this, a list of Civil War soldiers buried in Pella’s Oakwood and Graceland Cemetery was compiled. It is believed that all graves were appropriately marked except for these three. Credit should go to Jason Vaughn, Marvin Tysseling and Doug Wiley for their efforts in identifying and locating these three unmarked graves. It was then possible to obtain military headstones from the Veterans Administration.
Of special interest, both Dingeman and Rynsburger were born in Holland and were early immigrants to Pella – Dingeman in 1848 and Rhynsburger in 1855. Private Rhynsburger was age 48 when he enlisted and suffered a head wound at the Battle of Shiloh. Both he and 2nd Lt. Forsyth had sons that served in the war.
For questions, contact Tom Gaard, Gaardt@aol.com.