needed money to complete project
memorial will go up at the Visitors Center plaza
(February 2006) The Lanier Mansion Foundation
plans to provide the $10,000 needed to complete construction of the
Jefferson County Civil War Roundtables Civil War Memorial, to
be erected as part of a new entrance to the Lanier-Madison Visitors
Center in downtown Madison.
by Don Ward
Civil War Roundtable Memorial
will be incorporated into the new entrance
plaza at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center.
A few years ago, the nonprofit Civil War Roundtable received
$40,000 from the Build Indiana Fund to erect a memorial but lacked enough
money to complete the project. But Phyllis Stephens, cultural administrator
at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, said work on the memorial
will begin as the entrance is finished, which is anticipated to be sometime
We have the funds; the Lanier Mansion Foundation is dedicated
to completing the entire project in 2006, Stephens said.
She said once the concrete plaza is finished, workers will begin landscaping
the area and installing lights. The memorial will be erected at the
northeast corner, at Vine and First streets, and take up nearly one-quarter
of the plaza.
Were pleased to be a part of it and have the Civil War Roundtable
memorial incorporated into the design, said Sally Wurtz, president
of the Lanier Mansion Foundation. We think it is an appropriate
place for it, considering the historical significance to the time period,
and it is a very visible place for the community to enjoy it.
Work on the entrance plaza was halted in late January and will not start
again until early April when the weather is better, Stephens said. As
a result, the main entrance to the Visitors Center facing Vine Street
was re-opened Jan. 28. Previously, visitors had been routed into the
building from a temporary side entrance facing First Street.
The Civil War Roundtable had been searching for an appropriate site
for the memorial and wanted it to be located near the Lanier Mansion
because of J.F.D. Laniers financial contributions to the war effort,
according to the groups spokesperson, Jim Courter. Once completed,
the memorial will pay tribute to the five soldiers from Jefferson County
who fought and died in the Civil War.
We anticipate everything to be on track, and were excited
to finally get a fitting memorial that we feel is important to honor
those men from our area who died in battle, Courter said. He added
that an additional tribute to other soldiers who fought in the war but
did not die in battle may be incorporated into the memorial.
The memorial will feature glass panels and concrete pillars with plaques
of information on each one.
The five fallen soldiers to be honored are:
Lt. Col. Alois O. Bachman, who died in the battle at Antietam;
Col. Philemon Baldwin, who died in the battle at Chickamauga;
Col. John Gerber, who died in the battle at Shiloh;
Lt. Col. Jacob Glass, who died in the battle at Missionary Ridge;
Col. John Hendricks, who died in the battle at Pea Ridge.
A dedication ceremony for the new memorial is being planned, officials
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