Iowa Civil War Monument to Soldiers & Sailors, at Sunrise

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I couldn’t resist taking this snapshot at sunrise today. It’s the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the State Capital grounds, directly south of the Capital Building. The monument was started in 1894, a tribute to Iowa’s Civil War soldiers. Generals Crocker, Corse, Curtis, and Dodge are seated on horseback.

The monument’s spire extends 135 feet in the air. There’s a  “Victory” statue (not shown above) that sits atop the monument.

It seemed a fitting picture to take after hearing author/historian Doris Kearns Goodwin speak last night about President Lincoln.  Read more about her remarks at The Greater Des Moines Partnership annual dinner here and here.

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.