Illinois Monument - Kennesaw National Battlefield Park - Kennesaw, GA
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N 33° 56.067 W 084° 35.910
16S E 721968 N 3757485
Quick Description: The Illinois Monument is located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, a short walk along the path from the parking area at the end of Cheatham Hill Dr, Kennesaw, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2010 12:59:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMA3AZ
The Illinois Monument is located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, a short walk along the path from the parking area at the end of Cheatham Hill Dr, Kennesaw, GA.
The Illinois Monument is located at the “Dead Angle” on the Kennesaw Battlefield. This is a massive monument made of marble; it is 25 feet high and is 18 feet by 19 feet, 8 inches. On the front of the monument, is a bronze high relief figure grouping of a Union soldier flanked by two female figures. The soldier wears a uniform and cap and holds a rifle with his right hand; the butt of the gun rests on the ground beside his right foot, his left leg is slightly bent at the knee. The soldier is flanked by two female figures wearing long gowns. They face the soldier. The figure on the left holds a shield. The figure on the proper holds a palm frond. The three relief figures stand on tiered pedestals which jut out from the monument.
An eagle sits on top of the monument. The eagle's head is pointed towards the right and its wings are outspread vertically. Below the eagle on the center front face of the monument is a shield with a bas-relief profile of an eagle. The eagle's wings are outspread and it carries a long ribbon in its beak. Below the eagle is a wreath with garland strands that reach to the left and right to two rosettes and then drape downwards. The state name, Illinois, is below the wreath.
Above the figures – Illinois
Below the figures - Dedicated June 27, 1914
“Erected To the memory of the/Illinois soldiers who died on the battlefield of Kennesaw Mountain Georgia June 27th, 1864 on this field the men of Col. Dan McCooks 3rd brigade 2nd Div. 14th Army Corps assaulted the Confederate works on the 27th day of June, 1864, losing four hundred and eighty killed, and wounded including two commanders, Col. Dan McCook mortally wounded and Col. O.F. Harmon killed; brigade reached Confederate works and at less than one hundred feet from them maintained a line for six days and nights without relief, at the end of which time the Confederates evacuated.”
Lower right corner
Edward F. Dunne-Governor
James B. Dibelka-Architect
J. Mario Korbel-sculptor
l. H. Dawdy, W. A. Payton, H. A. Reason commissioners
The McNeel Marble Co., Contractors
85th Ill. Volunteer Infty.
Commanded by Col. C. J. Dilworth
86th Ill. Volunteer Infty.
Commanded by lt. Col. A. L. Fahnestock
On north side of monument:
125th Illinois Volunteer Infty.
Commanded by Col. O. F. Harmon
Battery 1, 2nd ILl. Light Artillery.
Commanded by Lt. Col. Alonzo F. Coe
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield