Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James B. Steedman
[Right/East Side of Monument]
[Back/North Side of Monument]
[Left/West Side of Monument]
Died - 1883.
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); Private 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.
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
The monument proper is of four parts, as follows:
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:
James B. Steedman
Above this is a shaft on which are the words:
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
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.
2. Steedman, James Blair. This is a link to a biographical sketch of James B. Steedman that is provided by OhioCivilWar.org.
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.
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.
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