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Civil War Monument - Franklin, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 41° 23.828 W 079° 49.617
17T E 598061 N 4583507
Quick Description: Obelisk with names of 420 local soldiers who died in the "War of the Great Rebellion."
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 2:20:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMFZNJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 6

Long Description:
Official description:
Tall shaft topped by an eagle with outspread wings, and decorated with reliefs of crossed rifles and flags.

Inscriptions:
1) Main: "Erected July 4th 1866, by the citizens of Venango Co. in memory of the brave heros of this county who died in defense of the union in the War of the Great Rebellion.
2) Listing: 420 names
3) BEGGS & LINDSEY./ALLEGHENY CITY on base

It is interesting to see how the local county viewed the US Civil War. To put the death toll in perspective, it was just under 2% of the population, which was growing rapidly due to the discovery of oil in the region.

I did not realize marble could wear so much, so I though the momument was made of limestone. In 1990, bronze plaques were installed to capture the fading inscriptions.
TITLE: Civil War Monument

ARTIST(S): Beggs & Lindsey, fabricator. Erie Landmark Company, founder.

DATE: Dedicated Sept. 10, 1866. Rededicated July 4, 1990.

MEDIUM: Marble on stone base

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS PA001550

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
South Park Liberty & Eek Streets Franklin, PA


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
The brass plaques are even showing signs of wear. The main dedication inscription in missing from the SIRIS list, thus refer to the Long Description.


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