Civil War Memorial, Peoria, Illinois

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Dedicated in 1899, the stunning Civil War Memorial in Peoria is one of the more unique and memorable monuments to the war I have seen, and I can assure you I’ve seen plenty living in Washington, DC.  The monument was sculpted by Fritz Triebel, cast in Pistoia, Italy (not Pistojo [sic] as mentioned in some sources), with marble quarried in Maine.  Triebel traveled extensively in Europe, and in particular in Italy, which I could tell the second I laid my eyes on it.  The bronze casting is impeccable, and the detail on the monument is some of the best I’ve seen in American sculpture.

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The most outstanding figure in the monument is the woman (Columbia?  Liberty?) in the process of writing a bronze inscription on the granite with her right hand.  Her left hand juts back elegantly, as huge swaths of drapery roil on the ground below her.

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The large bundle of laurel wreaths, the symbol of victory, frames a banner with a dedicatory inscription.

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While on the other side of the plinth is a bronze plaque naming the dead from Peoria and its environs.

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The first of two sculptural groups on the base of the monument, which allude to Stiebel’s formal title, Defense of the Flag.

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And the second of the two sculpture groups.

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The top of the granite Corinthian column is topped with an interesting, unconventional bronze capital and eagle.

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One Response

  1. Tom Maher-Kirkwood

    09/27/2013, 08:38 am

    THANKS for ALL of the photos, Chris!
    I’m always interested in Civil War memorials, as my g-g-grandfather was killed at Pea Ridge (Missouri-Union).
    He has no known grave.

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