Racine Civil War Monument

© Photographed May 19, 2013
Erected July 4, 1884 by the citizens of Racine
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
42.727413, -87.783115
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The monument is located at Racine's Monument Square, on Main Street, between 5th Street and 6th Street (you can't miss it!), Racine, Wisconsin 53403.

According to a January 15, 1996, article in the Journal Times, this monument to "Belle City's" Civil War veterans was dedicated "at an elaborate ceremony reportedly attended by a crowd of 10,000". A 21-gun salute was fired from the U.S. revenue cutter Andrew Jackson, which was anchored in nearby Lake Michigan.

The Grand Army of the Republic initiated a fund drive in 1881, asking community members to contribute to the $8,000 (a 2012 value of $207,307.17) needed to raise the monument. Racine community merchants donated items, including shaves, a "beaver" shawl, a buggy whip, two tons of coal, and a dozen hams.

The Racine Soldier's Monument stands 61.5 feet upward and weighs 140 tons. Atop the pedestal stands a granite soldier "on picket duty."





Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by CardCow.com.
Postmarked October 15, 1911

Screenshots of vintage postcard provided by CardCow.com.
Postmarked February 9, 1914

Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by CardCow.com.




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