The recent commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War brought that horrible conflict back into the consciousness of many Americans. In many of the cities and towns of the Midwest, however, the reminders of the Civil War are ever-present.
I was in Indianapolis recently, and the gigantic Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at the heart of Monument Circle is a good example. Although the monument recognizes the contributions of soldiers and sailors from many conflicts beginning with the Revolutionary War, the portion of the monument that deals with the Civil War is the most memorable. The devastating statistics of Indiana’s contribution to the Civil War effort, noting the hundreds of thousands who served and tens of thousands who died, are set forth in simple, precisely carved numbers on the facade. The statistics appear under the heading “War For The Union.”
As one Hoosier mentioned to me on my visit, it is no accident that the numbers appear on the side of the monument facing due south.
…A monument built in 1902 as a tribute to the Indiana soldiers who served in the Civil War….Familiar with Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum – Soldiers Sailors Monument? ……Date of review .6 May 2010….This lovely monument is the hallmark of this Indiana metropolis It is a magnificent work of architecture dedicated to Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Hoosiers who fought and died in our wars…more ….Report problem with review…