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Spanish-American War - Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Corydon, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 40° 45.441 W 093° 19.118
15T E 473104 N 4511870
Quick Description: Monument erected to the Civil War, World War I and Spanish-American war....only one of its kind in Iowa.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2019 2:38:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM10J83
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

County of Monument: Wayne County
Location of Monument: IA-2 (Jefferson St.) & Franklin St., courthouse lawn, Corydon
Erected by: Robert Johnson Post of G.A.R.
Dedicated: May 8, 1919
Designer: A. T Gallagher
Fabricator: Cross Brothers

Text on Monument: Text on Monument:

1898 ---- 1901


This is an excellent monument with a Civil War soldier. It is about 25 feet high. The monument was dedicated in 1919 at a cost of $6500. It is said to be the first one in the state dedicated to veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I. It is on the Courtyard Square in Corydon just north of Highway 2.

Proper Description:
"A uniformed Civil War Union soldier stands at parade rest, both hands gripping the barrel of his rifle, the butt of which rests by his feet. The soldier is wearing a visored cap, and a short cape over his knee-length coat. The figure is mounted on a three-tiered base, which includes reliefs of crossed rifles on the front, an anchor on the back, crossed swords on one side, and crossed cannons on the other side. The monument is bordered by a circular walkway." ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum

"The idea for a monument originated at a May 30, 1918 G.A.R. meeting, with a call from W. P. Allred, commander of the Robert Johnson Post, to erect a memorial to Wayne County soldiers and sailors of three wars. A county tax of eight-tenths of one mill was levied on Wayne County residents for one year to pay for the granite shaft. A. T. Gallagher designed the monument. The granite shaft was fabricated by Cross Brothers of Northfield, Vermont and shipped Nov. 29, 1918. The monument was erected at a cost of $6,000 and unveiled on May 8, 1919." ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum

Type of memorial: Monument

Location: courthouse lawn

Public or private: Public

Who placed it?: Robert Johnson Post of G.A.R.

When was it placed?: 8 May 1919

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