Civil War Monument, Central Park, Jacksonville, Illinois

Jacksonville was a center of the Abolitionist movement, apparently, and it is reflected in its Civil War Memorial. There are a lot of names listed on its base for a relatively small town.

At the top is the allegorical figure of Columbia, sculpted by Leonard Crunelle and obviously cast in bronze.

The inscription on the monument, dedicated in 1920, makes no historical ambiguity about the purpose of the Civil War, pointedly stating that it was in fact a war to abolish slavery. This shows the influence of the New England pedigree of many of the original founders of the town.

Somebody has been studying his Michelangelo! Just Google “Sistine Ceiling Ignudi” and you’ll see what I mean.

On the other side, there is a mother and child, showing the sacrifice of women during the Civil War.

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  1. W. White says:

    A great monument. However, the monument itself makes no historical ambiguity about the purpose of the Civil War, pointedly stating that it was in fact a war to preserve the Union and abolish slavery, in that order of importance.

    If it was located in a big city, it would have been graffitied and/or torn down a couple of years ago when a segment of our population started the destructive Cultural Revolution we are living in the shadow of.

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