Some Lincoln & Civil War Monuments in Detroit

Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Detroit
Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Detroit

 

Today I made a brief tour of some of downtown Detroit’s sites related to Abraham Lincoln and/or the Civil War. The weather was extremely cold, but your humber blogger persevered! My first stop was at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Woodward Avenue. It is a beautiful monument having been restored within the last few years. I seem to remember that it was originally unveiled in 1872. Generals Burnside, Custer, and Sheridan were in attendance. Of particular interest to myself, of course, is the plaque of Lincoln.

Lincoln plaque on Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Detroit

Lincoln plaque on Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Detroit

                            

Soldier "On Guard" from Soldier & Sailors Monument, Detroit

Soldier "On Guard" from Soldier & Sailors Monument, Detroit

 

 

After leaving the Soldier & Sailors Monument, it was just a short trip to the Gutzon Borglum Lincoln Bust located on Jefferson Avenue by the Detroit River. I had visited the work of art in March 2009 and have made a post on this blog entitled: “Lincoln Needs a Nose Job!” Sadly, I discovered today that Mr. Lincoln still needs that nose job. Back in March, I had contacted one of the local TV stations to try and arouse some attention to this matter. I received no action. I had both emailed and telephoned the station. I also contacted Detroit’s Institute of Arts. My contact person there has promised that the nose will be restored. We’ll see- and remain hopeful.

Lincoln bust by Gutzon Borglum, Detroit

Lincoln bust by Gutzon Borglum, Detroit

                             

Borglum's Lincoln still awaiting nose repair, Detroit

Borglum's Lincoln still awaiting nose repair, Detroit

 

 

From Jefferson Avenue, I made my way over to Detroit’s Belle Isle to snap a picture or two. I had to hurry as my time was limited. There was a particular Civil War statue I remembered seeing there. It didn’t take me long to find it. It had been dedicated to the Civil War soldiers who fought for the Union and the Grand Army of the Republic. The sculptor was Angelo Zirolo. 

B. Nash & Civil War Statue, Belle Isle, Detroit

B. Nash & Civil War Statue, Belle Isle, Detroit

                

Civil War Statue, Belle Isle, Detroit

Civil War Statue, Belle Isle, Detroit

 

Dedication on base of statue

Dedication on base of statue

                           

Closeup of Statue's head

Closeup of Statue's head

 

On the way off the island I spotted a Marker. Turns out it was a Civil War marker!

 

Civil War Marker, Belle Isle, Detroit

Civil War Marker, Belle Isle, Detroit

         

 

 

            

Close-up of marker, Belle Isle, Detroit

Close-up of marker, Belle Isle, Detroit

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5 Responses to “Some Lincoln & Civil War Monuments in Detroit”

  1. Karen says:

    Sad that a major city like Detroit can’t take care of it’s precious jewels.

  2. B. Nash says:

    Yes, it is disgusting and acceptable. I have a contact at the DIA that I have been communicating with for almost a year now. He assured me that the DIA was going to repair it. I have my doubts. However, I am waiting to see for now what they will do.

  3. Dave Wiegers says:

    The Borglum bust hasn’t changed at all since I saw it a few years ago. It looks like someone stuck his nose back on with asphalt driveway sealer.

  4. B. Nash says:

    It was a beautiful day but bitterly cold. I was under time constraints as well. I think there is a cannon on Belle Isle somewhere. Also, I’ll have to get around to the old General on horseback for a photo op.

  5. Nate says:

    Nice. Looks like you had a bright sunny day for your outing, albeit really cold.

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