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