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“Impressive civil war memorial”

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
Ranked #23 of 191 things to do in Cleveland
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Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

I really enjoyed this civil war memorial in downtown Cleveland. It was built in the late 1800's and is well maintained. The inside is just as impressive as the outside. I spent about 30 minutes here.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

A small but very well done monument. The architecture is interesting and the statues are great. It is well taken care of. Beautiful focal point on Euclid Ave.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

I have lived in Cleveland 50+ years and had never been inside this landmark until a few months ago. So cool! The gentleman (or was he a docent?) that was working was very knowledgeable. The walls are filled with the names of men who fought in past wars with side notes, pictures and stories. It is especially touching to see the history of the "negro regiments" of the civil war and their likenesses and bronze busts. Worth visiting - doesn't take a lot of time.

2  Thank LoveForty
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Whether you are a military enthusiast or at accelerated heights of military knowledge this monument will teach what you will need to know about courage, ,motivation, and importance of history...There are events all year long so check the website on the events calendar

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Every day, thousands pass through Cleveland's Public Square at the foot of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument without giving it much thought in the same way that residents of Washington D.C. likely drive past national monuments that we all view is stunning. If you live or find yourself in Cleveland, you should take what is likely a very short pedestrian detour to visit this fascinating monument.

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument was built in the late 1800's at a time when Cleveland was one of the country's largest and richest cities and during the 40-year period at the end of the Civll War when no fewer than 4 presidents (Grant, Hayes, Garfield, and McKinley) came from Ohio. The monument commemorates the 9,000 or so soldiers from Cuyahoga County who served in the Civil War.

The monument itself is ornate and has several sets of statues outside and several significant bronze memorials inside. You should try to visit when it is open because some of the most interesting feature, including stained glass and bronze artwork, is inside. The admission is free.

Even if you are not a Civil War fan, the monument has several features of note. First, on the entrance side (the south side) there is a set of large bronze statues depicting troops in battle. One of the troops is African-American, perhaps the first monument to African-Americans serving in combat for our country. Also note that the soldier is serving along-side his white compatriots as one of them. The other thing to note is the artistry in depicting his hair, which was probably novel for the artisans.

Inside there is a central pillar with four large bronze relief markers. The one as you enter depicts the role of women in the war. As women weren't permitted in combat, this one praises the role of women in nursing, not unlike the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall, only a century earlier. One of the women is the wife of future president Rutherford B. Hayes, who himself was wounded something like 5 times in battle as a union officer.

The third remarkable feature is the bronze relief marker on the opposite side of the entrance, depicting Abraham Lincoln emancipating the slaves. What makes this especially interesting is that Lincoln is simultaneously removing a slave's chains and providing him with a rifle.

If, of course, you are a Civil War buff, there are is the simple historical significance of the names of several thousand Cleveland-area soldiers and various Civil War artifacts.

You only need to spend 20 minutes or so, but the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is very much worth a visit.

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