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.