IMHS Honors Jonas Cutler
IMHS Honors Des Moines
Historical Activist Jonas Cutler
During Ceremonies at Iowa Capitol
For Pvt. Jewett Williams, 20th Maine

Prior to the opening of an event at the Iowa State Capitol Grounds on August 5th, 2016, Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa took the opportunity to honor Des Moines Attorney and Historian Jonas Cutler for his extraordinary efforts to raise funds from private donations to restore the mausoleum of Governor Samuel Merrill.

1/Lt. Lamb and RCS Rowley presented Mr. Cutler with an embossed Certificate of Appreciation from the Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society; and, also gave him an original document dating from the late 1880’s that bore the signature of Governor Merrill and the Great Seal of the State of Iowa what was signed during Merrill’s term in office.

On hand to witness the presentation were members of the Patriot Guard Riders from several states who were participating in a “mission” of their own in transporting the earthy remains of Pvt. Jewett Williams, Co. “H”, 20th Maine from California to the state of Maine for interment in a cemetery there where many of his compatriots from the Civil War are at rest.

Pvt. Williams enlisted in the 20th Maine in 1864 and was with the unit at Appomattox Court House where it’s Commander, Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain played a role in the surrender of General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Following the war, Williams had moved with his family to Oregon and then to California, where he died in 1922 and was cremated. His ashes were never claimed. Now he is making the journey home escorted by the veterans of different wars to be laid to rest.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument south of the Iowa Capitol was chosen as a venue for the transfer of Pvt. Williams’ remains from one Patriot Guard unit to another as they escort him homeward. Governor Branstad was in attendance at the brief transfer ceremonies and also congratulated Mr. Cutler on the receipt of our gifts of appreciation for his efforts over the past two years to restore Governor Merrill’s tomb.

Accompanying photos by Mike Rowley, IMHS and Pam Horn, Patriot Guard Riders.

Respectfully submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
49th Iowa V.V.I.
Iowa Military Heritage Society

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Sunday 07 August 2016 - 12:06:49 | LAN_THEME_20

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