People & Places

Best Historic Landmark 

Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

The old monument at Public Square has barely changed since it was built in 1894. The white marble inside, like a 19th-century Vietnam wall, is inscribed with the names of more than 10,000 Cuyahoga County men who fought in the Civil War. Display cases with severely yellowed labels hold bullets, a tinful of musket caps, and Confederate money. The sandstone facade is mottled dark with age, but the square-bearded cast-iron figures are shockingly lifelike: dying men clutching their chests, lying on the ground, and falling back against a cannon, and a Union soldier on horseback, about to shoot a rebel in the face.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation