Danville in Vermilion County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery
Location. 40° 7.627′ N, 87° 34.811′ W. Marker is in Danville, Illinois, in Vermilion County. Marker can be reached from Blue Star Highway south of Main Street (Route 136). From Main Street, follow the Blue Star Highway to the South East behind the V.A. (a.k.a., Danville Junior College) grounds - then East into the Danville National Cemetery. Straight into the cemetery into the middle memorial grounds circle drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 East Main Street, Danville IL 61832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Landing Ship Tanks (LST's) Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Address by President Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alumni who Served in Korean War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln & Douglas in Danville (approx. 1.8 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 2.4 miles away); Women's War Memorial Two Trees Reach for Heaven (approx. 2.6 miles away); Vermilion County Korean and Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Regarding Danville (Illinois) National Cemetery. (Courtesy:: “Soldier’s Monument Facts” Sheet)
The “Soldiers Monument” sculpture was crafted by William Clark Noble. The entire monument cost $6,000. (On May 29, 1917 two invoices were paid to The Van Amring Granite Co. For the monument - one for $1,000, the second for $2,000. On May 31, 1917 another $1,500 was also paid. The final payment was made on June 6, 1917 for $1,500.)
The monument is a bronze life-size Civil War soldier holding his musket. The soldier is mounted on a granite pedestal that is nine (9) feet high. The base is constructed of concrete and granite and is twenty-eight (28) feet in diameter and three (3) feet high.
The Vermilion County Museum stated that the monument is under the signature of William Clark Noble. As per University of Illinois (Kris Quinn), Mr Noble was born in Maine, (DOB 1858 - DOD 1938.) They confirmed that he did the sculpture of a Civil War Soldier. The vendor involved was Gorham Manufacturing.
“Patriotic Services and Band Concert to Mark Dedication - - Prominent Officials to Attend”
The dedication of the Soldiers’ Monument will take place today (Wednesday - May 30, 1917) at 2:30 p.m. at the (then called) National Soldiers’ Home to which invitation is extended to the public to attend. The event will be a patriotic one, and the fine program will be given. A concert by the Reservation Band will follow.
Honorable Frank T. O’Hair of Paris (Illinois) will be one of the principal speakers. Honorable John H. Lewman of Danville (Illinois) is also on the program for a patriotic address. The National Salute will be given by Battery A.
There will be present a number of the prominent officials of the National Board of Managers, including General George H. Wood, president of board of Managers, who will preside over the dedication: Captain John C. Nelson, first vice president; Colonel C. W. Wadsworth, general treasurer; Honorable James S. Catherwood, local manager, and H. E. Rivers acting governor of the Danville branch.
Also see . . .
1. Official Web Site - - Danville National Cemetery::. Many helpful items found here including. (Submitted on March 27, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Brief Biography. of William Clark Noble. (Submitted on April 3, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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