granite monument for civil war weekly wisconsin may 4 1895
The state of Wisconsin wffl have? monn- -, ments on the battlefield of Chickamauga i equal to those of''any state which 'docs not have more money to expend jfoc that purpose than- Badgerdorn, the appropriation here being $20,000. .The contracts fop ; nine monuments to mark the spots occupied by the Wisconsin troops, infantry, • artillery and calvary, during: the memorable two days' engagement, were hrt by the monument commission- last night. These contracts were made only after a. most thorough inspection, and ftnff»"»fait- tion of nearly 200 designs offered, and the result of the work is most satisfactory to every member of the commission. The contracts for five of the monuments go to the Smith Granite company of Westerly, R. I., which company now has twenty monuments in place in Milwaukee cemeteries and other places, has erected seventy-one large- monuments at Gettysburg and has thus far erected or under way thirty for the Chickamauga park. The Westerly company will con- ^ struct the monuments for the First, Tenth and Twenty-fourth regiments and the Fifth and Eighth batteries. The Montollo, Granite company of Montello, Wis.. receives the contract for the Fifteenth and Twenty-first regiments, Awhile the American Granite company will furnish the monuments for we First'cav- alry and the Third battery. The design selected for the First regiment is a large square block of granite" . in the style of a sarcophagus, constructed of four pieces of granite of different colors, the whole capped by a group of accoutrements, flags, muskets, blankets, canteens, etc. It will be ten feet high' and will make an imposing appearance-. That for the Twenty-fourth regiment j*f will be an obelisk rising thirteen feet, *( upon the top of which will be a soldier V figure in bronze, life-size, with musket in baud and the private engaged iu loading his weapon. The Tenth regiment memorial will have a large cut-stone " base, mounted with a granite piece artistically wrought, and supporting a :group of soldier figures,.life-size, resting, on- their arms. The height will be fifteen feet. : The Eighth battery monument will be an obelisk in design,, with crossed cannon in bronze- resting upon a large rough-hewn boulder at the base, the upright shaft to be of colored granite. The design for the Third battery presents a large gun and carriage fully rigged for service, resting upon a granite base, the entire monument to weigh seventeen and a half tous,"~the__total height to be about twelve feet. ThreeT'Wirses of the faiuonis Barre granite will be used, tht* gun and carnage being polished to the highest degree. The design for the First calvary mouument is :a most striking one, representing a lifed-sized horse in the act of galloping to the top of some eminence, the animal rearing upon a huge cut-stone boulder weighing twenty- seven tons. The rusliiug 'steed is- riderless but nan saddle and bridle and gives the appearance \fjsaving just lost his brave ruler, who has been pushing the animal to the front. The Twenty-hrst regiment will have a large square shaft, about fifteen feet high, of a combination of Montello and Barre granite, with no particular design,, the inscription on the face " ser\ing for all distinctive marks. The Fifteenth regiment will be represented by a round shaft of MouteDo granite, rising to a height of fifteen ft>et and resting on a s-quare base of rough-cut stone and having the Wiscoi:«in coat of arms on the face. The Eighth battery is tQ be represented by a design of cannon wheels of gr.unte resting against a square granite block with scroll for an inscription, a pair of guiii> at the base and a coat-ofrarins in bronze. The mouumentrt contracted* for will represent a total cost of about $Ib,50O. and each company receiving contracts was required to furnfeh bonds that the work would be in position at Chickamauga by September 10 next. One of the interesting features of the selection was the fact that everything selected had to be original a» far as that particular battlefield is concerned, the rules of the government being that no state -'can. duplicate.-.style of monuments. Consequently the Wisconsin monuments will be different in design and appearance from anything else that will be seen _ there.