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    Berlin Soldiers' Monument, (sculpture).
    Artist: 
    Unknown, sculptor.
    Bannerman Company, fabricator.
    Berlin and Montello Granite Company, fabricator.
    Title: 
    Berlin Soldiers' Monument, (sculpture).
    Other Titles: 
    Soldiers' Monument, (sculpture).
    Dates: 
    ca. 1887-1894. Dedicated Oct. 1894.
    Medium: 
    Sculpture: bronze; Base: Wisconsin granite and/or marble.
    Dimensions: 
    Sculpture: approx. 6 x 3 x 3 ft.; Base: approx. 20 x 6 x 6 ft.
    Inscription: 
    (On front of base:) IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE/VOLUNTEER/SOLDIERS & SAILORS/OF 1861-5/ERECTED BY/JOHN H. WILLIAMS POST No 4. G. A. R./AND WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS No 12./Assisted by the Loyal Citizens of Berlin/and Vicinity. (On front of shaft:) Grand Army of the Republic/Veterans of 1861-1866 unsigned Founder's mark appears.
    Description: 
    Union soldier supported by a stone (marble or granite) shaft with a granite base. He stands upright holding a furled flag in his proper left hand. His proper right hand reaches across the front of his body and rests on the handle of his saber. The front of the shaft is emblazoned with an eagle, a flag, and a five-pointed star.
    Subject: 
    History -- United States -- Civil War
    Occupation -- Military -- Soldier
    Figure male -- Full length
    Dress -- Uniform -- Military Uniform
    Object -- Weapon -- Sword
    Object -- Other -- Flag
    Object Type: 
    Outdoor Sculpture -- Wisconsin -- Berlin
    Sculpture
    Owner: 
    Administered by City of Berlin, Parks & Recreation Division, 108 North Capron, Berlin, Wisconsin
    Located Nathan Strong Park, Between Huron, State, Park and Church Streets, Berlin, Wisconsin
    Remarks: 
    IAS files contain photocopies of related ephemera from the Berlin Museum and an article from the Berlin Evening Journal, October 10, 1894. The idea for the monument, which cost approximately $4,000, originated in the early 1870s, with the Grand Army. A subscription was begun; the first substantial sum ($150.00) raised by the Women's Relief Corps in 1885. The base was fabricated by Bannerman Company; the die furnished by the Berlin & Montello Granite Company. The cornerstone and granite base were installed in 1887; the shaft, capital, and figure were installed and the monument dedicated in 1894. SOS! volunteer reports shaft may be marble; Berlin Evening Journal indicates shaft is smoothly cut granite.
    References: 
    Save Outdoor Sculpture, Wisconsin survey, 1993.
    Berlin Evening Journal (Berlin, Wisconsin), October 10, 1894, p.1.
    National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, WI0051, 1989.
    Monumental News, Nov. 1894, pg. 550.
    Illustration: 
    Image on file.
    Monumental News, Nov. 1894, pg. 550.
    Note: 
    The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
    Repository: 
    Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
    Control Number: 
    IAS WI000002
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