Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is a monument to Civil War soldiers and sailors from (Cleveland) Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Located in the southeast quadrant of Public Square in downtown Cleveland, it opened July 4, 1894.

Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in 1900

Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in 1900

It was designed by architect Levi Scofield who also created the monument’s sculptures. F.F. Schnitzer was the supervising architect who oversaw the creation of the structure. The monument is regularly open to the public free of charge. 

Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

The monument consists of a 125-foot black Quincy granite shaft erected on a square base constructed of rough-hewn granite blocks trimmed in sandstone and housing a memorial building. The shaft divided by six carved bands which list the names of battles in which Cuyahoga soldiers fought and is topped with a bronze statue of the “Goddess of Liberty” signifying loyalty to United States.

Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Four bronze groupings at its base depict the four branches of the Union Army— the Navy, Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery. Inside the memorial building are a series of marble tablets listing 9,000 Civil War veterans that served with Cuyahoga County regiments or were from Cuyahoga County.

Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Also inside the base are four bronze relief sculptures depicting the Soldiers’ Aid Society, Emancipation of the Slaves, Beginning of the War in Ohio and the End of the War, as well as busts of Col. James Barnett, Scofield, and several Ohio officers who were killed in action during the war.

Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Abraham Lincoln inside the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

You can’t miss it on Cleveland’s Public Square (SE corner)