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November 07, 2012


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Charles Paul Hoffman

While not exclusively a Civil War memorial, there is also a Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in downtown Indianapolis, completed in 1902. It was originally meant as a Civil War memorial, but during the construction it sort of turned into a general veterans memorial.'_and_Sailors'_Monument_(Indiana)

Bill Turnier

I agree with Charles' observation on the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument. It is the grandest such monument that I have ever seen. I visited it on several occasions in the 1960s and 70s. I vaguely recall that one used to be able to take an elevator up the central column, I believe that is no longer possible. You can find a multitude of photos of it on the web. It is truly spectacular in a great central location in Indianapolis.


There is a Civil War soldiers & sailors monument in Albany, NY, although it has also since become a general Veterans' memorial.

Alfred Brophy

Hi Bill,

Thanks for this -- I hope to get a picture of the Lancaster monument next time I'm home to the Philadelphia area. I think there's a monument to Confederate soldiers and sailors in Raleigh -- need to check this, but I think that went up around 1900. So maybe the Southern states were modeling their monuments after the United States?

Bill Reynolds

Al. The Confederate Navy was far more interesting--after all, necessity is the mother of invention. But I would be surprised to see a monument to Southern sailors

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