Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, Cleveland, Ohio

On Cleveland’s Public Square the Civil War “Soldiers and Sailors” Monument dominates one of the four smaller squares which make up the area.  Designed by Levi Scofield, one of Jacob Cox’ engineers during the war and one of his major adjutants at the Battle of Franklin, the monument celebrates the achievements of, primarily, Ohioans.   The facility fell into disrepair, like much of the city, in the latter part of the 20th century.  But it is now refurbished and, free of charge, an excellent exhibit of the pride in one state for its contributions to the war effort.

Below are two pictures, one of the overall facility, and one of one of the four bas-reliefs inside.  The overall picture speaks for itself.  The second requires a listing of the Ohioans pictured there, two of whom became president.

In order, from the left, are General James A. Garfield, General Jacob Cox, General George McClellan, Governor William Dennison, Governor David Tod, Governor James Brough, General William Rosecrans, General Rutherford B. Hayes, and General Quincy Gillmore.

I’m not sure why some of the military men appear hatted and some do not, and why McClellan alone is looking to his right, directly at Cox and Garfield.








Author: geneofva

Author of "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era," and of seven more Civil War books -- with more to come!!

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