Hamilton in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument
“Victory, the Jewel of the Soul”
Side A: Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument
The Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument was planned and promoted by Butler County Civil War veterans and financed by a county levy in 1899. The monument, built of Indiana Limestone, is near the center of the site of Fort Hamilton, built in 1791 and named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury in President George Washington's cabinet. Featured, are two large, colorful windows that recognize the contributions of Butler County women during the Civil War. Featured speaker at the July 4, 1906, dedication was Governor Andrew L. Harris, a Butler County native and Civil War veteran. His name is one of the more than 4,300 carved into the interior marble walls.
Side B: "Victory, the Jewel of the Soul"
The statue atop the monument is officially entitled "Victory, the Jewel of the Soul," but is better known as "Billy Yank," the name given the common Union soldier during the Civil War (1861-1865). The 17-foot, 3,500-pound bronze figure is the work of Rudolph Thiem, a local artist whose design was selected in national competition. The soldier's informal pose represents his reaction to victory and peace at the end of the Civil War. His right foot is on an unexploded shell, while his right hand clasps his musket. His cap is uplifted in his left
Erected 2006 by Butler County Commissioners and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 25-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 24.031′ N, 84° 33.891′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of Monument Avenue and High Street (Ohio Route 129/177), on the right when traveling south on Monument Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 S. Monument Avenue, Hamilton OH 45013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Log Building (a few steps from this marker); William Dean Howells (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A Pioneer Family Founding of Fort Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker); French Exploration (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hamilton.
Also see . . . Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument. (Submitted on May 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Heroes • Military • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • Peace •
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