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Beloit City, Mitchell County

Elmwood Cemetery
(northeast of town center)


Type: Granite Soldier Statue

Description: A Granite soldier statue, with the soldier at parade rest, is mounted on a square granite column. Around the top of the column are carved emblems representing the GAR Badge, soldiers accoutrements, crossed swords with a victory wreath, and crossed rifles. Inscribed on the column are "Dedicated May 30, 1923".

"Erected In Honor Of ~ The Defenders Of ~ The Union 1861-1865 ~ By The Patriotic ~ Citizens Of ~ Beloit And Community ~ Under The Auspices ~ Of The ~ Womans Relief Corps ~ No. 52 Dept. Of Kansas ~ Auxiliary To The ~ Grand Army Of The Republic".

"Fraternity ~ Charity ~ Loyalty".

Granite plaques, mounted in front of the statue are engraved: "Yonder Stands The Bulwark ~ Of The Nation, The Private Soldier ~ He Was The Sunshine And The Heart ~ Of The Cause He Loved And He Saved ~ His Country. Forget Him Not ~ R.D.Heath Commander ~ G.A.R. Post 147 Beloit ~ May 30, 1913".

"Soldier's Square Memorial ~ Dedicated May 30, 1913 ~ Constructed ~ Under The Auspices Of ~ Beloit W.R.C. # 52 And ~ Livermore Circle #66 L.G.A.R.".

"Renovated 1995-1998 ~ Re-Dedicated April 25, 1998 ~ Under The Auspices Of ~ Dean K. Speaks - Commander ~ Dept. Of Kansas ~ Sons Of Union Veterans ~ Of The Civil War ~ Ercelle E. Speaks ~ Past National President ~ Ladies Of The Grand Army ~ Of The Republic".

"When I Am Gone, I Hope It Can Be ~ Said Of Me That I Plucked A Thistle ~ And Planted A Flower Wherever ~ I Thought A Flower Would Grow - Abraham Lincoln.

SOS! 1994

DE McGovern March 18, 2006

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed

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Updated November 1, 2006 - DE McGovern