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Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James B. Steedman
Major-General, U.S.V.
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
1. James B. Steedman Monument
 
Inscription. [Front/South Side of Monument]

James B. Steedman,
Major-General, U.S.V.

Carrick's Ford


[Right/East Side of Monument]

Erected by
W.J. Finlay
1886

Nashville


[Back/North Side of Monument]

Chickamauga


[Left/West Side of Monument]

Born - 1817,
Died - 1883.

Perryville

 
Erected 1886 by W.J. Finlay.
 
Location. 41° 40.166′ N, 83° 30.41′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of North Summit Street and Galena Street, on the right when traveling north on North Summit Street. Click for map. This historical monument is located just north of downtown Toledo, in a residential neighborhood, on the west side of the Maumee River, at the south end of Jamie Farr Park (formerly known as Riverside Park). Marker is in this post office area: Toledo OH 43611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Duncan Forsyth (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pvt. Mark Wood (approx. 1.1 miles away); Vistula Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away); Canal Terminus / Manhattan (approx. 1.7 miles away); Toledo (approx. 1.8 miles away); Toledo’s Canals (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lucas County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Port Lawrence / Fort Industry, 1805 (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Toledo.
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, May 18, 2009
2. James B. Steedman Monument
Close-up view of the text on the front/south side of the historical monument.
 

 
More about this marker. Shortly after the death of General Steedman it was decided that this monument should be built, in downtown Toledo (it has since been moved to north Toledo) and the following article was written in 1886, in the Soldier's Memorial Building, Toledo, Ohio, in Honor and in Memory of Those Who Fought and Those Who Fell in Defense of Our Country During the War of the Rebellion, prior to the construction and unveiling of the monument.

This monument is being erected by Col. Wm. J. Finlay, of this city. It is not only a tribute to the memory of a cherished and life-long friend, but is also in honor of one of the most gallant soldiers that came to the front during the War of the Rebellion.
It is located at the point where Summit, Cherry and St.Clair, three of the principal streets of the city, meet, and on a triangular piece of ground, designated by the City Council for that purpose, and named Finlay Place, in honor of him whose love and generosity prompted him to the erection of this costly and beautiful monument.
The circular terrace that surrounds it will be four feet high and composed of Dayton limestone, while the base and coping will be of cut limestone; the courses are to be rock-faced range work.
This terrace is fully twenty-five feet in diameter, and will have an ornamental iron railing
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
3. James B. Steedman Monument
Close-up view of the text on the right/east side of the historical monument.
 
placed on top of the coping with dividing posts, surmounted by urns at proper intervals. The entrance is at the triangular point of land at the corner of Cherry and Summit streets, where on each side of the flight of steps are to be placed handsome lamp posts, each of which surmounted by several gas lights, will illuminate the monument at night.
The monument proper is of four parts, as follows:
1. Base
2. Die
3. Shaft
4. Statue
The base will be of Vermont marble, and it is now being cut at Barre, Vt. It is nine feet square, and it will be set directly in the center of the terrace. Above the base is the die, on which is the inscription:
Major General
James B. Steedman

Above this is a shaft on which are the words:
"Bulwark of Chickamauga."

This shaft will be surmounted by a cap on which will stand the bronze statue, which will be constructed in Italy. This will be little larger than life size and will represent the general as he appeared just after dismounting from his horse, field glass in hand.
The total height of the monument will be twenty-six feet. It is the intention to have the pedestal erected during the coming fall. Next winter it will be covered to protect it from the weather, and next spring the statue of General Steedman will be finished according to contract, and in the summer
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
4. James B. Steedman Monument
Close-up view of the text on the back/north side of the historical monument. In the picture it looks to me like some of the text on the backside of the monument may have been removed.
 
of 1887 this, the finest monument in Northwestern Ohio, will be fully completed.
The entire triangle, both inside and outside the terrace, will be covered with six-inch sawed Berea flagging. Surrounding the triangle will be an iron railing formed by two iron bars. Dayton limestone posts, sixteen in number, will be properly spaced, and this "fence" will in no manner obstruct or injure the appearance of the monument. Its cost is estimated to be about $25,000.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Steedman, James Blair. This is a link to information on the Steedman Statue that is provided by OhioCivilWar.org. (Submitted on August 17, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Steedman, James Blair. This is a link to a biographical sketch of James B. Steedman that is provided by OhioCivilWar.org. (Submitted on August 17, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. James B. Steedman Monument Photograph. This is a link to a vintage photograph of the Steedman Statue, in it's original location, that is provided by the Ohio Historical Society. (Submitted on August 17, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. James B. Steedman. This is a link to a vintage photograph of the Steedman Statue that is provided by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. (Submitted on August 17, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
5. James B. Steedman Monument
Close-up view of the text on the left/west side of the historical monument.
 
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
6. James B. Steedman Monument
View of the historical monument site in Riverside Park.
 
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
7. James B. Steedman Monument
 
 
James B. Steedman Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2011
8. James B. Steedman Monument
Close-up view of the statue of General Steedman that is situated at the top of the monument.
 
 
James B. Steedman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington
9. James B. Steedman Marker
View of a vintage postcard (ca. 1910) of the James B. Steedman Monument as seen in it's origin location, reposted with the permission of Kathleen Jones.
 
 
James B. Steedman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington
10. James B. Steedman Marker
View of a vintage photo (ca. 1910) of the James B. Steedman Monument as seen in it's origin location, reposted with the permission of Kathleen Jones.
 
 
James B. Steedman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington
11. James B. Steedman Marker
View of a vintage postcard (1916) of the James B. Steedman Monument as seen in it's origin location, reposted with the permission of Kathleen Jones.
 
 
James B. Steedman Memorial Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2006
12. James B. Steedman Memorial Monument
View of the Steedman Memorial Monument, which is located at his grave in Toledo's historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
 
 
James B. Steedman Memorial Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2006
13. James B. Steedman Memorial Monument
Another, more distant, view of the Steedman Memorial Monument, which is located at his grave in Toledo's historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 523 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 21, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   9, 10, 11. submitted on August 17, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   12, 13. submitted on September 8, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
 
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