“I have never seen such a reverent group of young men,” said Woodruff. “They would not have let a piece of dust get on that stone.”
The Littleton siblings – George, John, Kendall, Noah, Thomas and William – will forever be memorialized in Toolesboro, the small southeastern Iowa farm community where they grew up after their parents moved from Maryland and Ohio.
The monument, which includes the words, “The last full measure of devotion,” will be formally dedicated on the afternoon of June 14. Gov. Terry Branstad and two descendants are among those on the program.
Those involved assert the 11-foot-tall monument, made of Mesabi Black granite, may be the last Civil War monument ever erected. It will sit among cornfields and near the Toolesboro Indian mounds.