Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Detroit

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The Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a Civil War monument located in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. This example of civic sculpture stands in a prominent location on the southeast tip of Campus Martius Park, where five principal thoroughfares—Michigan Avenue, Monroe Street, Cadillac Square, Fort Street, and Woodward Avenue—convene on the reconstructed traffic circle in front of One Campus Martius Building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
In 1865, the Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Association was established by Governor Austin Blair in order to collect funds for a monument commemorating Michigan's sailors and soldiers killed during the Civil War. Voluntary subscriptions from citizens were collected and sculptor Randolph Rogers, who had created similar Civil War commemorative monuments in Ohio and Rhode Island, was chosen as the artist for the monument. The state's foremost Civil War monument was unveiled on April 9, 1872. Attending the dedication were Generals George Armstrong Custer, Philip H. Sheridan and Ambrose E. Burnside.
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  • This monument is devoted to those soldiers and sailors from Michigan who died in the Civil War. It was completed in 1872. Located in Campus Martius Park. It is on the National Register of Historic Pla...  more »
  • This is a great tribute to the memory of Soldiers and Sailors of Michigans past. It shows a great honour those serving in the present and those for the future something to strive for.  more »
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  • A must see. Beautiful structure. There are so manyany similar monuments downtown. We plan on exploring them all.
  • It’s simply amazing that we still have this beautiful monument and these sculptures. It was made in 1872 and re-dedicated in 2005 to commemorate the Michigan War Dead. It makes Campus Martius and downtown Detroit that much better for being present in our city. Best way to get to it is to walk as there is no parking adjacent to the monument. Also, check out nearby Parc, Campus Martius beach, and Cadillac Squate Park while you’re there.

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