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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
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. 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). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toledo OH 43611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other George Duncan Forsyth (approx. 1.1 miles away); Private Mark Wood (approx. 1.1 miles away); Vistula Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away); Engine House Number One / Neptune Engine No. 1 (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Blade (approx. 1.7 miles away); James A. Rhodes Plaza (approx. 1.8 miles away); Toledo (approx. 1.8 miles away); Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 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:
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 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.
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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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,200 times since then and 19 times this year. 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.