Monuments in Nebraska





MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS IN NEBRASKA TO CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
as of 5/9/2000
By Dave Wells   9246 Madison  Omaha, Ne. 68127


     What are Civil War monuments doing in Nebraska?  I asked the same question when I started this project.  Although we did have troops in
the war, the story behind these monuments lies elsewhere.  It is an important part in the story of the settlement of our state.  The Civil War uprooted thousands of people, and many, both Union and Confederate, moved to Nebraska after the war.  The Nebraska Homestead Act gave free land to all settlers, but special provisions were added for all union veterans.  For some, this was the attraction, but for many others it was just the chance to start over.  Whatever their reasons, Nebraska became their new home.
     As the years went by, they joined various organizations like the GAR, WRC, LGAR, DUV, SUV and it is these groups that erected the
monuments we find here in Nebraska.
     Most are dedicated to the Unknown Dead, (there were over 200,000 in the Civil War-"Dog tags" were not used until the end of the war).  
Others commemorate all the soldiers who "wore the blue".  All of them however, share a central theme that still applies today.  "Do not 
forget the terrible price that was paid to keep the country together".
     This list contains the locations of the monuments that have not been replaced or destroyed.  Each post in the state dedicated a memorial of some kind that was used on Memorial Day, but most were made of wood or a floral wreath which have not survived over time. Even some of the more permanent ones have not survived.  Most of the cannons were melted down during WWII and many of the church windows were not saved when new buildings were constructed.

The GAR was the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization open to any man who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Since only actual veterans could join this group, it went out of existence when the last Union veteran died.  (Nebraska's last veteran died in 1948).  The indivual chapters were called Posts.

The WRC is the Womens Relief Corp, the official auxillary of the GAR. Membership was open to any wife, sister or mother of a Union Veteran of the Civil War or any "patriotic" women.

The LGAR is the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic.  Membership was limited to the wives, sisters or mothers of a Union Civil War veteran, who did not have a close relative who had served in the Confederate army.  It is open only to direct descendants of the Union veterans. Their chapters were called Circles.

The SUV is the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Any male descendant of a Civil War veteran is eligible to join. Originally they were named just the Sons of Veterans, but changed their name in 1925 to clarify ancestry.  Their chapters are called Camps.

The DUV is the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  Any female descendant of a Union Civil War veteran may join.  It is the most active of the organizations for women with Union Civil War ancestors.  Originally called just Daughters of Veterans, they also changed their name in 1925 to clarify ancestry.  Their chapters are called Tents.

ASUV is the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. They are the official auxiliary to the SUV.  Wives, mothers or sisters of SUVCW members are eligible.

The first permanent Civil War monument was at Falls City in 1867. Permanent monuments were formally endorced by the GAR in 1886.

The first soldiers reunion here was Oct 7, 1879 at Warrens Grove, near Bellwood, Ne.

There are GAR Halls at Nebraska City, Grand Island, Elmwood, Huntley, Orleans, Brock, Butte and Falls City, although only the Nebraska City and Grand Island halls are in good condition.

Kate Donovan, Matron of the 1st Nebr. Inf., is buried in Plattsmouth.

In 1927, the Nebraska legislature set up a commission to design a state Civil War monument, with an allocation of $50,000. It was never built.

In 1949, Congress officially designated Highway 6 as the "Grand Army of the Republic" Highway.  The Nebraska section was dedicated October 26, 1947 in Lincoln.

Date in ( ) means it is not a confirmed date, only estimated.

All cemeteries are the CITY CEMETERIES, unless otherwise stated.
All soldier statues listed are statues of Civil War Soldiers.
All cannons listed are Civil War cannon.

PHOTO HINTS:  1-Faces East - A.M. for the best photos
                             2-Faces West - P.M. for the best photos
                             3-Faces South - A.M. or P.M. are about the same
                             4-Faces North and/or a cloudy day may be best time
                             5-Surrounded or covered by trees

TOWN - DEDICATION DATE - TYPE & LOCATION - PHOTO HINTS & COMMENTS
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ADAMS   11-29-1904    Soldier Statue & Cannon In Cemetery   3-Faces South
                  20 feet high         Barre Granite        $500.00
                  Cannon is "24 pounder" flank howitzer
                 "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THEIR COMRADES OF THE CIVIL WAR" by the GAR & WRC
                  Monument Images

AINSWORTH    5-23-1948    Cenotaph by Courthouse   2-Faces West
                            5 feet high    Rainbow Marble           $1000.00
                            "IN MEMORY OF ALL CIVIL WAR VETERANS 1861-1865" by the WRC
                             Monument Images

ALBION   5-30-1911  Bronze plaque inside Courthouse
                  "Given to Civil War veterans by the United States government-names of members of Post"
                  Used to have cannon in Courthouse Square
                  Monument Images

ALMA      5-30-1893    Cenotaph in Cemetery   1,5-Faces East
                 15 feet high   Marble
                 "GAR - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF OUR COUNTRY'S HEROES OF 1861-1865
                 OUR COMRADES WHO REST IN THIS SILENT CITY AND 
                 TO THOSE WHO SLEEP IN UNKNOWN GRAVES
                 IN THE REDEEMED SOUTHLAND"  by the GAR & WRC
                 Monument Images

ALMA     By 1914  Used to have a cannon in Courthouse Square
                 3" Ordnance rifle mounted on concrete base
                 "G.A.R.  61-65"
                 (Donated to WWII scrap drive in August 1942)
                 Monument Images

ANSLEY     5-30-1899      Cenotaph in Cemetery      3-Faces South
                    5 feet high    Marble
                   "GAR - TO THE UNKNOWN DEAD"  by the GAR & WRC
                    Monument Images

ARAPAHOE    10-29-1911    Cenotaph in Cemetery    2-Faces West
                          7 feet high    Cement
                         "GAR - TO THE UNKNOWN DEAD"  by the GAR
                          Monument Images

ARAPAHOE    5-30-1955    Cenotaph in Cemetery      3-Faces South
                          3 feet x 6 feet      Marble
                          "GAR-IN MEMORY OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS FROM 1861-1865" by the LGAR
                          (Moved to cemetery Aug. 4, 1997-originally in city park)
                           Monument Images

ARBORVILLE     (1890s)****      Monolith in Cemetery      4-Faces East
                               3 feet high    Marble
                              "GAR 61-65"  by the GAR & Loyal Citizens
                               Monument Images

ARNOLD      (1934)****     Monolith in Cemetery   3-Faces South
                       9 feet high    Granite
                       "TO GAR POST 196..."
                        Monument Images

ASHLAND     ****       Monolith in Cemetery        1-Faces East
                       3 feet x 3 feet    Sandstone
                       "GAR"
                       Monument Images

ATKINSON     5-30-1913    Obelisk in Cemetery       3,5-Faces South
                          7 feet high    Gray Marble              $200.00
                          "GAR-IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS & SAILORS OF 1861-65"
                          Monument Images

AUBURN       5-30-1900      Cannon in Cemetery    3-Faces South
                        "32 pounder" seacoast gun mounted on cement base
                        Monument Images

AURORA       5-30-1906    Soldier Statue by Courthouse          3,5-Faces South
                        25 feet high   White Bronze             $3000.00
                       "GAR - MEMORIAL TO THE UNION SOLDIERS 1861-1865
                       FOR ALL HE WAS AND ALL HE DARED, REMEMBER HIM TODAY
                       DEDICATED TO LIBERTY AND UNION, NOW AND FOREVER
                       2,350,000 VOLUNTEERS-360,000 DIED THAT THEIR COUNTRY
                       MIGHT LIVE.  WHILE VIRTUE, HONOR & LOVE SHALL FLOW
                       THIER DEEDS AND FAME SHALL BRIGHTER GROW.
                      ONE FLAG AND ONE COUNTRY "LEX REGIT, AMAR TEUNTOR"
                      by the GAR, LGAR & WRC
                      Monument Images

                      Monument used to include two Parrot Rifle Cannon

                      (Original Courthouse monument, which was dedicated 5/30/1880, destroyed by falling debris when old
                      Courthouse torn down, was a white marble shaft inscribed on either side as follows:
                      "IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES IN UNKNOWN GRAVES  -
                      GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - THEY DIED THAT OUR COUNTRY
                      MIGHT LIVE - OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FLAG"  On either 
                      side of the base were the words: 
                      "LOYALTY - FRATERNITY - CHARITY - 1861-1865"

AURORA     5-30-1906      "The Weeping Angel" by Courthouse     2,5-Faces West
                      8 feet high          White Bronze       $500.00
                       "TO THE UNKNOWN DEAD 1861-1865...Poem..."
                       Monument Images

AURORA     Stained glass window from First Methodist Church now in Plainsmen Museum
                       Monument Images

AURORA     7-7-1912    Stained glass window in United Brethren Church at 11th & K St.
                       Monument Images
    
BEATRICE      (5-30-1904)****    Cannon by Courthouse   1-Faces East
                         11 feet high with 8" Columbiad on Marble base
                         "GAR - SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR 1861-5...1898-1901
                         names of Civil War and Spanish-American War Veterans" by the GAR & WRC
                         Monument Images

BEAVER CITY      5-30-1908       Soldier Statue in Park     2,5-Faces West
                               15 feet high   Granite
                               "GAR - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNION SOLDIERS
                               AND SAILORS OF THE CIVIL WAR" by the GAR & WRC
                               Monument Images

                              Used to have a cannon beside the Soldier Statue

BELLEVUE      9-24-1954    Suspension bridge over Missouri River
                          "DEDICATED TO THE GAR AS A MEMORIAL 1861-1865" by the LGAR
                          Monument Images

BLAIR      5-30-1898       Soldier Statue by Courthouse          2-Faces West
                 24 feet high   Italian Marble          $1160.00
                 "1861-1865 TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNION SOLDIERS
                  BURIED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY..."  by the GAR
                 (Was moved to present location between May 1937 & May 1938)
                 Monument Images

BLAIR    5-30-1909         Monolith in Cemetery       2-Faces West
                 7 feet high     Bronze plaque on granite base
                 "GAR - WRC - IN MEMORIUM TO THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
                  OF THE CIVIL WAR.  REST IN PEACE"  by the WRC
                 Monument Images

                10-4-1936   WRC dedicated a tree in Park to GAR

BLUE SPRINGS     5-30-1921         Obelisk in Cemetery    1,4 Faces North
                                 20 feet high   Granite                  $2500.00
                                 "...CIVIL WAR 1861-1865..."   Multi-War but 1/2 of cost paid by a Civil War veteran
                                 Monument Images

BROKEN BOW     5-30-1920    Obelisk in Cemetery    1-Faces East
                                9 feet high    Georgia Granite         $1000.00
                               "GAR  61-65"   by the GAR
                                2-12-1913   Lincoln statue in Public High School Building
                                Monument Images

BROWNVILLE     11-27-1927    Bronze Plaque on boulder in Park
                                "THIS TABLET MARKS THE PLACE WHERE CO. C, 1st REGIMENT OF
                                 NEBRASKA ENLISTED-JUNE 9, 1861 FOR THE CIVIL WAR..."
                                 Monument Images

BURWELL     (7-4) 1976     Monolith in Cemetery     2-Faces West
                         8 feet high    Bronze plaque on Concrete base
                         "MEMORIAL TO THE GAR - DEDICATED TO THEIR MEMORY..."
                          by the American Legion
                          Monument Images

CAIRO      (5-30)-1915****      Obelisk in Cemetery          2-Faces West
                   7 feet high    Granite                  $112.00
                  "GAR - WRC - IN MEMORY OF OUR COUNTRYS DEFENDERS 1861-1865"
                   by the GAR & WRC
                   Monument Images

CAMBRIDGE        6-14-1920        Soldier Statue in Cemetery       3-Faces Southeast
                                 14 feet high    Sandstone               $1000.00
                                 "GAR - IN MEMORY OF 1861-1865"   by the LGAR
                                  Monument Images

CAMBRIDGE        By 1920     Used to have "Columbiad" cannon in City Park
                                  Monument Images

CAMERON       (5-30)-1915****    Obelisk in Cemetery     2-Faces West
                             7 feet high    Granite                  $112.00 
                            "GAR - WRC - IN MEMORY OF OUR COUNTRYS DEFENDERS 1861-1865"
                             by the GAR & WRC
                             Monument Images

CENTRAL CITY     8-1-1906       Soldier Statue in Cemetery     3-Faces South
                                  16 feet high      Granite
                                  "GAR - TO COMMEMORATE THE DEVOTION OF THE HERIOC
                                  MEN WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR SERVICES FOR THE
                                  PRESERVATION OF OUR COUNTRY IN THE DARK DAYS
                                 OF THE REBELLION 1861-1865"   by the GAR & WRC
                                 Monument Images

CENTRAL CITY    10-4-1930        Cenotaph in Cemetery     2-Faces West
                                 3 feet high     Sandstone
                                "IN HONOR OF OUR FATHERS - 1861-65 - CIVIL WAR VETERANS"
                                 by the DUV
                                 Monument Images

CENTRAL CITY    4-6-1950         Cenotaph by Courthouse    5-Covered by trees
                                 1 foot high-Round     Granite
                                 "IN MEMORY OF THE GAR"   by the WRC
                                 Monument Images

CHAPMAN     (1890s)****     Cenotaph in Cemetery     1-Faces East
                         4 feet high    Marble                          
                         "GAR - UNKNOWN DEAD FROM 1861-1865"  by the GAR
                         Monument Images

CHESTER      5-30-1921    Cenotaph in Cemetery    2-Faces West
                         7 feet high    Granite
                         "GAR - IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF 1861-1865
                          AND IN MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD"   by the WRC
                         Monument Images

COLUMBUS     3-13-1900    Cenotaph & Cannon in Park   3,5-Faces South
                           30 feet high   Bronze Eagle on Vermont granite    $2500.00
                           Cannons are 4.5" ordnance rifles, model 1861
                           "IN MEMORY OF THE UNION VETERANS OF THE
                           CIVIL WAR 1861-1865...names of veterans" by the GAR & WRC
                           Monument Images

COMSTOCK     5-30-1913    Obelisk in Cemetery    2-Faces West
                           6 feet high    Marble
                           "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAD COMRADES" by the GAR & WRC
                           Monument Images

COOK      6-7-1891        Window in Methodist Church            4-West side
                 "GAR...MEMORIAL TO OUR FALLEN HEROES..."
                 (This is the first known Memorial window in the state)
                  Monument Images

CRAIG    5-30-1927        Monolith in Cemetery      4-Faces North
                 8 feet high    Sandstone Eagle on Granite base
                 "IN MEMORIUM...GAR 1861-1865...1898..." by the American Legion
                 Monument Images

CRAWFORD     5-30-1955     Monolith in cemetery     3-Faces South
                            6 feet high    Bronze Tablet
                            "MEMORIAL TO CIVIL WAR VETERANS...(Lists names)" by the DAR
                            Monument Images

DAVENPORT     (1921-2)****     Obelisk in Cemetery      2-Faces West
                              8 feet high    Marble
                              "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF POST 88 & WRC 1861-65"
                              Monument Images

DAVID CITY       7-4-1891      Pillar in Cemetery      2-Faces West
                             12 feet high
                              "GAR"
                              Monument Images

DODGE    5-30-1896        Obelisk in Glencoe Cemetery           2-Faces West
                  16 feet high   Granite
                  "GAR - OUR MARTYRS - UNION - NO NORTH NO SOUTH" by the GAR
                  Monument Images

DONIPHAN      5-30-1913      Obelisk in Cemetery    2-Faces West
                           9 feet high
                           "GAR - WRC - DV - SV"  by the GAR & WRC
                           Monument Images

EDGAR    1957        Monolith in Cemetery       4-Faces North
                   7 feet high    Granite
                   "GAR - 1861-1865 IN MEMORY OF EDGAR GAR POST"
                   Monument Images

ELMWOOD    11-7-1903     Soldier Statue in Cemetery    1,5-Faces East
                          14 feet high     Sandstone              $500.00
                          "GAR - SLEEPING FOR YOUR TRUE LOVED COUNTRY BROTHERS
                          SLEEPING FOR THE FLAG YOU BORE. IN MEMORIUM 1861-65"
                          Monument Images
 
ELMWOOD    (1884)      GAR Hall just east of downtown
                          Wooden frame structure
                          Monument Images

EXETER    5-30-1925       Soldier Statue in Cemetery            2-Faces West
                   16 feet high   White Italian Marble on granite base         $1600.00
                   "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN COMRADES - 1861-1865"
                   Monument Images

EXETER   6-24-1906      Memorial window on south side of Methodist Church
                   "GAR - WRC  1861-1865 IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN COMRADES"
                   Monument Images

FAIRBURY     5-30-1927    Cenotaph in Cemetery    1-Faces East
                        10 feet high   Marble     (Multi-war)
                        "GAR - SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD
                         ...CIVIL WAR 1861-1865..."  by the GAR & WRC
                        Monument Images

FAIRMONT     6-26-1910     Soldier Statue in Park     2,5-Faces West
                          15 feet high   Bronze Soldier on Granite base
                         "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR UNKNOWN DEAD
                          TO OUR PATRIOT DEAD 1861-1865" by the GAR & WRC
                          Monument Images

FALLS CITY    (1867)   Obelisk in cemetery to veterans of 2nd Nebraska Cav.
                           9 feet high          Marble
                           "...TO THE MEMORY OF THEIR DEPARTED COMRADES..."
                           Monument Images

FALLS CITY    GAR Hall, (although not the original GAR Hall)
                          Wooden frame structure being used by VFW
                          Monument Images

FRANKLIN     5-30-1901    Used to have Cannon (24-pounder) in park
                          Monument Images

FREMONT      5-30-1925    Soldier Statue in Cemetery         1-Faces East
                          15 feet high   Bronze Soldier on Granite base     $2000.00
                           "GAR - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNION VETERANS
                           OF THE CIVIL WAR..."  by the DUV & SUV
                           Monument Images

FREMONT       5-30-1896     Cenotaph in Cemetery              1-Faces East
                           11 feet high   Blue Vermont Marble      $90.00
                           "GAR  1861-1865  TO THE UNKNOWN DEAD
                           PEACEFUL IN THEIR UNKNOWN GRAVES REST AMERICA'S SILENT
                           BRAVE.  LIBERTY THY LIFE HAS GIVEN, BE THY BOON
                           THY CROWN IN HEAVEN."  by the WRC
                           Monument Images

FREMONT      5-30-1904     Used to have cannon in park
                           Monument Images
    
GENEVA          9-21-1928      Monolith in Cemetery          2-Faces West
                          11 feet high   Bronze eagle on granite base     $2000.00
                           "SOLDIERS 1861-1865 UNION DEFENDERS - AMERICAN IMMORTALS
                           AN APPEAL TO MEMORY - A CHALLENGE TO OBLIVION" by the GAR
                           Monument Images

GENEVA          Pictures, names & regiments of members of Post at Courthouse on 2nd floor
                          Monument Images

GIBBON           5-30-1894    Soldier Statue in Cemetery    1-Faces East
                          11 feet high     Barre Granite          $1600.00
                          "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR FLAG 1861-1865"
                           by the GAR & WRC
                           (The soldier statue was added in 1900)
                           Monument Images

GORDON         (5-30-1916)****    Cenotaph in Cemetery     1-Faces East
                           3 feet high    Marble
                           "UNKNOWN - GAR"
                           Monument Images

GRAFTON        Picture of Post members in Geneva Courthouse

GRAND ISLAND     10-31-1913      Soldier Statue by Courthouse          4-Faces North
                                   30 feet high    White bronze on granite base    $4800.00
                                   "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR COUNTRY
                                   1861-1865   1898-1900"   by the GAR
                                    Monument Images

GRAND ISLAND     5-30-1908        Cenotaph in Veterans Cemetery         2,5-Faces West
                                   14 feet high   Sandstone                $300.00
                                   "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE HEROES OF 1861-1865 WHO LIE IN
                                   UNKNOWN GRAVES ON SOUTHERN BATTLEFIELDS.
                                   SLEEP ON BRAVE BOYS THOUGH YOUR GRAVES ARE UNMARKED.
                                   YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN"   by the WRC
                                   Monument Images

GRAND ISLAND    (1908)****    Cenotaph in Cemetery                  2-Faces West
                                  6 feet high    Marble
                                  "GAR - IN MEMORY OF SOLDIERS OF 1861-1865 WHO DIED
                                  ON LAND OR SEAS WHOSE GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN...
                                  by Eli Barnes, Department Commander"
                                  Monument Images

GRAND ISLAND    12/29/1886    GAR Hall at 215 East Third St.
                                   Red Brick structure
                                   Inside building is original frosted glass door panel
                                  Monument Images     

GREENWOOD       6-13-1908      Soldier Statue in Cemetery   3-Faces South
                                 12 feet high        Granite
                                 "GAR  1861-1865"   by the LGAR
                                  Monument Images

HARVARD     5-30-1912     Cenotaph in Cemetery     2-Faces West
                        12 feet high   Granite                  $100.00
                        "IN MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD 1861-1865"  by the WRC
                        Monument Images

HASTINGS      9-20-1923    Soldier Statue in Cemetery     2-Faces West
                          35 feet high      90,000 lbs of Granite     $10,000.00
                         "GAR  1861-1865 TO THE MEMORY OF ITS MEMBERS AND THE WRC
                          names of Civil War veterans in Adams County"  by the GAR
                          Moved from Courthouse Square to the cemetery in 1964
                          Monument Images

HASTINGS     5-24-1903     Cenotaph in Cemetery    4-Faces North
                         8 feet high    Granite
                         "TO OUR UNKNOWN DEAD 1861-1865" by the LGAR
                         Monument Images

HOLBROOK     5-30-1913    Cenotaph in Cemetery    2-Faces West-early P.M.
                            7 feet high    Marble
                            "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD 1861-1865
                            OLD SOLDIERS 1861-1865"  by the GAR
                            Monument Images

HOLDREGE       Cement tablet in Cemetery           3-Faces South
                              Names of members of Post
                              Monument Images

HOLDREGE       5-30-1908  Cornerstone of Courthouse
                            Used to have two "Columbiad" cannon in Courthouse Square destroyed in WWII scrap drive****
                            (Had Cenotaph at Courthouse before cannon)
                             Monument Images

HUBBLE     5-31-1906     Stained glass window in Methodist Church
                      "G.A.R. In memory of Lew Wallace Post No. 50 1906"
                      "W.R.C. In the memory of the Patriotic Union Soldiers from 1863-1865"
                      Monument Images

HUNTLEY
     (5-28-1925)****     Used to have cannon at schoolhouse
                        3" Ordnance rifle mounted on cement base
                       GAR Hall now being used as a Town Hall
                       Monument Images

INDIANOLA        5-30-1908       Obelisk in Cemetery     1-Faces East
                              10 feet high
                              "GAR"  by the GAR & WRC
                              Monument Images

JUNIATA      (1930s)****      Monolith in Cemetery    2-Faces West
                       3 feet x 6 feet    Granite (used to include gatling gun)
                       "GAR - WRC   1861-1865 IN MEMORY OF..UNION SOLDIERS..
                       THEY HAVE FOUGHT THEIR LAST FIGHT, THEY HAVE FOUGHT
                       THEIR LAST BATTLE. NO SOUND CAN AWAKEN THEM TO GLORY
                      AGAIN. LET COMING GENERATIONS FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE OF
                      PATRIOTISM AND ALL WILL BE WELL. REQUIESEAT IN PACE"
                      Monument Images

JUNIATA    5-30-1934      Obelisk in City Park       2-Faces West
                    12 feet high      Bronze plaque on brick & cement base
                    "IN MEMORY OF GEARY POST 81  CHARTERED Oct. 24, 1881"
                    on site of old GAR Hall
                    Monument Images

KEARNEY     10-25-1910 ****     Soldier Statue near Arts Museum       1-Faces East
                         33 feet high   Granite                  $4300.00
                        "GAR - IN HONOR OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR COUNTRY
                       1861-1865   1898-1900"   by the GAR & City of Kearney
                       Monument Images

FT. KEARNEY      5-20-1942      Cenotaph in Park     1-Faces East
                               8 feet high    Granite
                              "GAR - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF OUR FATHERS" by the DUV
                              Monument Images

LEBANON     5-30-1901     Cenotaph in Cemetery     1-Faces East
                        5 feet high    Marble
                        "IN MEMORY OF THE GAR AND UNKNOWN DEAD"  by the GAR
                        Monument Images

LEXINGTON     5-22-1918    Soldier Statue & Cannon by Courthouse   2-Faces West
                            16 feet high   Granite base   "12 pounder" Napoleons     $2050                 
                            "GAR   1861-1865"  by the GAR
                            Monument Images

LEXINGTON    (5-30-1913)    A plaque in Courthouse has names of Civil War Veterans
                            Monument Images

LEXINGTON     12-11-1910   Methodist Church has memorial stained glass window
                             "GAR  -  1861-1865  RENO POST 112  DEPT. OF NEBRASKA"
                             Monument Images

LINCOLN     5-30-1902****     Soldier Statue in Cemetery      3-Faces South
                       13 feet high   Marble         
                       "GAR - SOLDIERS OF 1861-1865
                       IN MEMORY OF THE HERIOC DEAD-FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND
                       OF THE BRAVE MADE THIS, OUR RANSOMED SOIL, THIER GRAVE.
                       ON FAMES ETERNAL CAMPING GROUND THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE
                       SPREAD AND GLORY GUARDS WITH SOLEMN ROUND THE BIVOUAC
                      OF THE DEAD"  by a Patriotic, Loyal & Grateful People
                      Monument Images

LINCOLN    (11-11) 1936      Soldier Statue in Antelope Park       3-West side
                       29 feet high             multi-war monument
                       "...CIVIL WAR 1861-1865..."  by the W.P.A.
                      Monument Images

LINCOLN    1909      Dome of 1st Methodist Church in University Place
                      Images of "ABE LINCOLN - CROSSED SABERS - CROSSED RIFLES
                      WRC BADGE - GAR BADGE - GAR/WRC MEMORIAL TABLET
                      FLAG - A DOVE with LET US HAVE PEACE - A CROSS" by the GAR
                      Monument Images

LINCOLN    12-16-1894      Grace Methodist Church used to have stained glass window
                      (Grace Methodist was known as the Soldier Church of Lincoln)
                      Monument Images

LINCOLN    Stained glass memorial window at First Christian Church
                      "GAR   1861-1865   IN MEMORY....FARRAGUT POST"
                      Monument Images

LOUP CITY     (5-30-1926)****   Obelisk in Cemetery    1-Faces East
                          9 feet high    Bronze Eagle on Granite base
                         "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR HEROES 1861-1865" by the GAR, LGAR, SUV
                         Monument Images

LOUP CITY    2-24-1909    Lincoln bust in High School
                         36" high           Bronze
                          Monument Images

LUSHTON      (1900s)****      Soldier Statue in Cemetery    4-Faces North
                         13 feet high   Bronze Statue on Granite base
                         "IN MEMORY OF THE COMRADES 1861-1865 OUR HEROES" by the GAR
                         Monument Images

LYONS     5-30-1901        Soldier Statue in Cemetery          4-Faces North
                 14 feet high   Red Granite base       $700.00
                 "IN MEMORY OF OUR NATIONS DEFENDERS"  by the GAR & WRC
                 Monument Images

McCOOK     5-30-1899      Soldier Statue in Riverview Cemetery  3-Faces South-P.M. best
                      15 feet high   Granite                  $500.00
                      "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES" by the GAR & LGAR
                      Monument Images

MILFORD    7-4-1903      Soldier Statue in Cemetery      1-Faces East
                      12 feet high      Marble base         $300.00
                      "GAR - TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD"  by the WRC
                      Monument Images

MINDEN     5-30-1907      Soldier Statue in Cemetery          1-Faces East
                     10 feet high      Granite             $200.00
                     "GAR  1861-1865  IN MEMORY OF OUR HEROES WHO REST
                      IN UNKNOWN GRAVES"   by the LGAR
                     Monument Images

MINDEN    11-6-1913      Soldier Statue by Courthouse        1,5-Faces East
                     25 feet high         Zinc             $1380.00
                     "GAR - MEMORIAL TO THE VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR AND
                      SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR..."  by the GAR
                      Monument Images

NAPONEE    (Approx. 1910)     Cenotaph in Cemetery       1-Faces East
                       2 feet high    Marble****
                      "IN MEMORY OF SOLDIERS UNKNOWN DEAD
                      PEACEFUL BE THY SILENT SLUMBER, PEACEFUL IN THY
                      GRAVE SO LOW,   THOU NO MORE WILL JOIN OUR NUMBER
                      YET AGAIN WE HOPE TO MEET THEE WHEN THE DAY OF LIFE
                      IS FLED,   AND IN HEAVEN WITH JOY TO GREET THEE
                      OUR PATRIOT-UNKNOWN DEAD"
                       Monument Images

NEBRASKA CITY     3-19-1895     GAR Hall at 3rd & Corso
                                     One story red brick structure
                                    (Restored as a museum and research center in 1998)

NELIGH      5-30-1912     Soldier Statue in Cemetery            2-Faces West
                     14 feet high     Granite                $550.00
                     "GAR  1861-65 IN MEMORY OF SOLDIERS AND SAILORS OF ALL WARS"
                     Monument Images

NELSON    6-14-1909      Soldier Statue by Courthouse          3-Faces South
                   16 feet high      Granite               $1250.00
                    "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR COUNTRYS DEFENDERS" by the GAR & WRC
                    Monument Images

NIOBRARA   Used to have cannon (24 pounder) in cemetery

NORFOLK     11-5-1939     Lincoln Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                          8 feet high                             $370.00
                          "TO THE MEMORY OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS 1861-1865"  by the WRC
                          Monument Images

NORTH BEND       5-30-1897          Soldier Statue in Cemetery            2-Faces West
                                 13 feet high         Granite
                                 "GAR   1861-1865"  by the GAR
                                 Monument Images

NORTH PLATTE     5-30-1928      Soldier Statue near Ft. McPherson Cemetery    4-Faces North
                                   12 feet high   Sandstone                 $935.00
                                   "...IN MEMORY OF THE CIVIL WAR VETERANS...." by the people of Lincoln County
                                    Monument Images

NORTH PLATTE     6-14-1920        Monolith in northwest corner of cemetery    2-Faces West
                                    4 feet high           Granite
                                   "TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNKOWN DEAD" by the WRC
                                    Monument Images

NORTH PLATTE     5-24-1942       Monolith in northwest corner of cemetery    2- Faces West
                                   4 feet high     Bronze plaque on Granite base
                                   "ERECTED IN MEMORY OF...POST 69 GAR..."  by the LGAR
                                    Monument Images

OAKDALE      5-30-1915     Soldier Statue in Cemetery            3-Faces South
                         17 feet high   30,000 lbs of granite     $1000.00
                         "GAR  1861-1865  IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVING BORNE ARMS
                         FOR OUR COUNTRY HAVE FOUND HERE THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE"
                         by the GAR & WRC
                         Monument Images

OGALALLA     (5-30)-1947     Monolith in Cemetery     1,5 Faces East
                           8 feet high      Granite ****
                          "1861-1865  CIVIL WAR - IN ETERNAL MEMORY OF THE
                          GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC"  by the WRC
                           Monument Images

OMAHA     5-30-1892      Cannons added to the GAR circle in Forest Lawn Cemetery
                                            Monument Images

OMAHA     9-21-1905      Soldier Statue & Cannon in Forest Lawn Cemetery   1-East
                    21 feet high       3" Ordnance rifles & Barre granite base     $1500.00
                   "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS 1861-1865
                    THE SOLDIERS OF THE UNION MET AND OVERCAME THE GREATIST
                    REBELLION THE WORLD EVER SAW. THESE MEN PASS AWAY AS A
                    TALE IS TOLD, BUT THEIR WORK WILL ENDURE FOREVER."  by the GAR & WRC
                    Monument Images

OMAHA    2-12-1928        Bronze Tablet inside courthouse
                   "IN HONOR OF...GAR...GETTYSBURG ADDRESS"  by the WRC
                    Monument Images

OMAHA    2-12-1908        Lincoln Statue inside Bancroft Public School
                   7 feet high    White Bronze
                   Monument Images
    
OMAHA   1883   Memorial Window to Lt. Thomas Thornburgh in Episcopal Church
                   Monument Images
    
ORLEANS      10-24-1903    Obelisk in Cemetery      2-Faces West
                         10 feet high   Clouded Marble            $ 300.00
                         "GAR - OUR FALLEN HEROES"   by the WRC
                          Monument Images

PALMYRA     5-30-1899     Cannon in Cemetery     5-Covered by trees
                         6.4" Army parrott rifle cannon
                         "1861-1865...1898...TO OUR UNKNOWN DEAD" by the GAR
                         Monument Images

PAWNEE CITY      (1-13) 1907         Memorial window in Methodist Church****
                                 "G.A.R. - W.R.C.  1861-1865  IN MEMORY
                                 OF THE HERIOC SOULS BY WHOSE VALOR THE REPUBLIC LIVES"
                                 Monument Images

PIERCE    5-30-1909      Soldier Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                 13 feet high     White bronze           $650.00
                 "GAR  1861-1865  OUR TRIBUTE TO COMMEMORATE THE SERVICES
                  OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR COUNTRY.  ON FAMES ETERNAL
                  CAMPING GROUND THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD, AND
                  GLORY GUARDS WITH SOLEMN ROUND, THE BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD"
                  Monument Images

PLATTSMOUTH     4-9-1901       Used to have cannon by Courthouse
                                 (42 pounder) mounted on cement base with copper plate ****
                                 "...THIS CANNON...GIVEN BY McCONIHE POST 45 TO CASS COUNTY...
                                 FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AS A REMEMBRANCE OF THE SOLDIERS WHO
                                 FOUGHT FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE UNION...1861-1866."
                                 Monument Images

PLATTSMOUTH   6-23-1907     Memorial window in Methodist Church
                                 Monument Images

PLATTSMOUTH   5-30-1940    Large boulder with bronze plaque in cemetery
                                 "IN MEMORY OF McCONIHIE POST 45 GAR & WRC CORP 50"
                                 Monument Images

PONCA    9-2-1912        Soldier Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                 16 feet high   White bronze statue on Granite base  $75000  
                 "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE BOYS WHO WORE THE BLUE
                  FROM 1861-1865. MAY THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS EVER SHINE ON
                  THE AMERICAN FLAG.  MAY THE NATION HOLD IN GRATEFUL
                  REMEMBRANCE THE SACRIFICES MADE TO PRESERVE THE UNION"
                  by the GAR & WRC
                  Monument Images
                  (GAR Hall now a barbershop)

RANDOLPH    10-5-1905     Soldier Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                          19 feet high                            $800.00
                           "GAR  1861-1865"   by the GAR
                           Monument Images

RAVENNA       5-30-1902     Obelisk in Cemetery        1,5-Faces East
                          12 feet high   Bedford granite
                          "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE VETERANS 1861-1865
                           IN HONOR OF THE NATIONS DEAD"  by the GAR
                          Monument Images

RED CLOUD     5-30-1904     Soldier Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                           15 feet high   Sandstone                $400.00
                           "TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD OF THE UNION
                           ARMY AND NAVY 1861-1865. IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOYAL
                           WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO AID OUR COUNTRYS
                           DEFENDERS.  ON FAMES ETERNAL CAMPING GROUND THEIR
                           SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD" by the GAR & WRC
                           Monument Images

RED CLOUD    9-17-1905   Old Methodist Church had GAR/WRC Windows

RUSHVILLE    5-30-1955    Monolith in Cemetery      2-Faces West
                          10 feet high   Red Granite
                          "GAR - HERE REST IN HONORED GLORY
                           SEVEN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS - KNOWN BUT TO GOD"
                           (Erected on the old GAR lot where cemetery records show seven graves with no names)
                           Monument Images

RUSHVILLE        Obelisk in Cemetery      1-East Side
                              11 feet high   Granite        (Multi-war)****
                              "GAR - CIVIL WAR 1861-1865  IN MEMORY OF THE COURAGEOUS
                              MEN AND WOMEN OF GAR POST 310..." by the American Legion
                              Monument Images

SCHUYLER         5-30-1929        Monolith by Courthouse     4-Faces North
                              8 feet high    Bronze plaque
                             "GAR - IN MEMORY OF...VETERANS ..CIVIL WAR 1861-65"
                             Monument Images

SCHUYLER        5-30-1914       Cenotaph in Cemetery         1-Faces East
                             3.5 feet high  Granite****
                            "IN MEMORY OF OUR UNKNOWN DEAD 1861-65" by the GAR
                             Monument Images

SCRIBNER        5-30-1903        Cenotaph in Cemetery     2-Faces West
                            10 feet high   Marble
                            "GAR  1861-1865 IN MEMORY OF THE LOYAL SOLDIERS AND
                            MARINES OF THE CIVIL WAR WHO SLEEP IN THIS GROUND
                            AND THOSE WHO SLEEP IN UNKNOWN GRAVES" by the LGAR
                            Monument Images

SEWARD     7-23-1924      Soldier Statue by Courthouse          4-Faces North
                     20 feet high   Granite
                     "GAR - TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD.  DEDICATED
                     TO THE MEMORY OF SOLDIERS OF 1861-1865.  THE FLAG FOR
                     WHICH THESE HEROES FOUGHT, FOR WHICH THEY DIED,
                     IS THE EMBLEM OF ALL WE ARE - FOR ALL WE HOPE TO BE"   by the GAR-LGAR-WRC
                     Monument Images

SHUBERT    10-27-1905      Soldier Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                       13 feet high   Bedford White Stone      $600.00
                      "GAR - DEDICATED TO OUR COUNTRYS HEROES" by the WRC
                      Monument Images

SILVER CREEK    10-22-1915     Soldier Statue in Cemetery            4-Face North
                                 11 feet high  White bronze statue on marble base   $550.00
                                "GAR  1861-1865...(Names of Veterans)..."  by the GAR
                                 Monument Images

SILVER CREEK    9-11-1921    Methodist Church used to have Veterans Memorial window****
                                 "GAR - SAW - WWI Veterans names"
                                  Monument Images

ST. PAUL     7-4-1919    Soldier Statue & Cannon by Courthouse     3-Faces South
                      20 feet high   "12 pounder" mountain howitzers   $3600.00
                      "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR UNION 1861-1865"
                      by the GAR & WRC
                      Monument Images

ST. PAUL     5-30-1909    Cenotaph in Cemetery       1-Faces East
                      8 feet high    Granite                  $200.00
                       "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN DEAD SOLDIERS
                       AND SAILORS OF THE WAR OF 1861-1865"  by the WRC
                       Monument Images

STELLA        Base for Gazebo in Cemetery           1-Faces East
                       "GAR"
                       Monument Images

STERLING     9-22-1894       Soldier Statue in Cemetery            3-Faces South
                         15 feet high   Granite
                         "GAR...WRC...1861-1865...IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES"
                          By the GAR & WRC
                          Monument Images

STERLING      5-26-1912   Methodist Church has Memorial window on East side
                          "GAR - WRC  IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROES"
                          Monument Images

SUPERIOR       5-24-1905   Soldier Statue in Park                2-Faces West
                           13 feet high   Bronze Statue on Granite base
                           "GAR - IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS & SAILORS OF 1861-1865"
                            By the GAR & WRC
                            Monument used to include a cannon (3" Ordnance rifle) and two 8" mortors in front of statue
                            Monument Images

SUPERIOR        5-22-1892           Stained glass memorial window at Methodist Church
                            "SOLDIERS MEMORIAL - GAR - 1861-1865"  by the GAR & WRC
                            Monument Images

SUTTON     6-10-1911       Monument base with Cannon in Park     2-Faces West
                     Granite with two 24 pounder flank howitzers     $202.00****
                     Used to have names of GAR members on concrete slab on hill in front of monument 
                     by the GAR
                     Monument Images

SYRACUSE     10-8-1908        Cannon in Park Hill Cemetery          3-Faces South
                          8" Columiad mounted on brick base****
                          "Names of GAR members"  by the GAR
                           Monument Images

SYRACUSE      3-5-1911   Stained glass memorial window at Methodist Church
                           "Wadsworth Post 21 G.A.R. Dept. of Nebraska"
                           Monument Images

TABLE ROCK   5-30-1909      Soldier Statue in Cemetery            1-Faces East
                             23 feet high   Sandstone
                            "GAR - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THEIR COMRADES WHO
                             REST IN UNKNOWN GRAVES. ON PATRIOTS SACRED CAMPING
                             GROUND THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD, THEIR COUNTRY
                             GUARDS THE HONORED MOUNDS, THE BIVOUAC OF THEIR DEAD"
                              by the GAR & WRC
                              Monument Images

TALMAGE    1885      G.A.R. Hall downtown
                         Brick building with 2nd story as hall
                         Monument Images

TECUMSEH       7-4-1903     Soldier Statue by Courthouse          3-Faces South
                             20 feet high     Sandstone
                             "IN MEMORY OF ALL SOLDIERS & SAILORS OF JOHNSON COUNTY"
                             by the GAR
                             Monument Images

TECUMSEH      12-20-1908    Methodist Church has GAR Memorial window on east side
                             "G.A.R."  with large U.S. Flag
                              Monument Images

TECUMSEH        5-30-1896      Cenotaph in Cemetery          2-Faces West
                              3 feet high    Sandstone
                              "GAR - TO THE UNKNOWN DEAD"  by the GAR
                              Monument Images

TEKAMAH     11-11-1922    Soldier Statutes in Cemetery          2-Faces West
                         13 feet high   Sandstone statues on Red Granite base
                         "IN MEMORIUM TO OUR COUNTRYS DEFENDERS..." by the WRC
                         (Repaired and rededicated 11/11/1998)
                         Monument Images

TRENTON      5-30-1899       Cenotaph in Cemetery                  2-Faces West
                          4 feet high    Marble plaque in metal frame
                         "IN MEMORY OF SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 61-65 WHO LIE IN
                          UNKNOWN GRAVES. PEACEFUL BE THY SILENT SLUMBER, PEACEFUL
                          IN THY GRAVE SO LOW.  THOU NO MORE WILL JOIN OUR NUMBER,
                          YET AGAIN WE HOPE TO MEET THEE, WHEN THE DAY OF LIFE IS
                          FLED, AND IN HEAVEN WITH JOY TO GREET THEE, 
                          OUR PATRIOT-UNKNOWN DEAD"                by the GAR
                          Monument Images

VALPRAISO   10-30-1912    Obelisk in Cemetery                   1-Faces East
                          11 feet high   Bronze Eagle on Red Granite base   $360.00
                          "IN MEMORY OF OUR COUNTRYS DEFENDERS"
                          Monument Images

WAKEFIELD     4-7-1949      Monolith in Cemetery        3,5-Faces South
                             7 feet high    Granite
                            "GAR - DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF OUR FATHERS"  by the DUV
                            Monument Images

WAVERLY    (1930s)      Monolith in Cemetery                  1-Faces East
                        6 feet high    Granite
                        "DEDICATED TO GAR POST 38 AND THE SOLDIER DEAD OF THE USA"
                        By the WRC
                        Monument Images

WAVERLY    Used to have memorial window in Methodist Church

WAHOO       Used to have cannon in Courthouse square
                      "12 pounder" bronze howitzer model 1841

WAYNE    5-30-1890        Cannon by Courthouse                  3-Faces South
                  3" Ordnance rifle model 1861 on granite base
                  "IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR 1861-65"
                   LOYALTY - CASEY POST 5  GAR"
                   by the GAR
                  (Cannon was mounted on marble base at Courthouse in 1913)
                  Monument Images

WEEPING WATER       9-20-1903     Memorial window in Methodist Church     1-Faces East
                                         Stained glass
                                         "GAR...1861-1865...LAFAYETTE POST 61"
                                         Monument Images

WOOD RIVER       6-14-1911          Soldier Statue & Cannon in Cemetery     1-Faces East
                                 25 feet high   Italian Marble Statue
                                 Cannon was "12 pounder" Confederate Napoleon
                                 "GAR - IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAD COMRADES 1861-1865"
                                  by the GAR & WRC
                                  Cannon added to Monument in 1918
                                  Monument Images

WYMORE      Cannon (6 pounder field gun) by American Legion Post Hall
                         "IN MEMORY OF COLEMAN POST 115 GAR"  by the American Legion
                          Monument Images

YORK      5-30-1906       Soldier Statue in Cemetery            4-Faces North
                 14 feet high   Granite                  $1200.00
                 "IN MEMORY OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER & SAILOR DEAD 1861-1865
                  IN HONOR OF OUR NATIONS DEFENDERS WHO SAVED THE UNION"
                  by the GAR & WRC
                  Monument Images

YORK     10-17-1896       Memorial window in First Methodist Church
                 Stained glass     $150.00
                 "GAR  1861-1865  WRC"
                 Monument Images

YORK     5-30-1904        Used to have cannon (24 pounder) in park
                 Monument Images
    
In addition to the above locations, which have confirmed monuments to the Civil War veterans, the following locations have monuments of undetermined origin, possibly by GAR or WRC.
Alexandria
Bassett                "Unknown"
Chambers             Unmarked 12 foot shaft
Franklin                Unmarked shaft
Kenesaw               Unmarked monolith
Nelson                  Monument to "America's Unknown Defenders"
Oak                      (Duplicate monument to Nelson)****
Republican City   Unmarked shaft
Stockham             "In Memory of Unknown Dead"
Wilcox                   "Unknown"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON GAR MONUMENTS

ARBORVILLE: Had GAR Post from 1887-1906.  No local paper, so checked York, Polk, Benedict & Hordville.  York Republican had a
regular Arborville section, but never mention monument on Memorial Day between 1885-1907.  Circa 1892

ARNOLD: GAR Post closed in 1911, last C.W. vet died in 1934. DUV book says 1934, but found no confirming article in paper in 1934.  Note that section referring to GAR Post has been removed from monument and now says American Legion.

ASHLAND: Exact use or purpose of this unclear.

AURORA: United Brethren Church merged with the United Methodist Church in 1967.  Building sold to Lutherans in 1972. Now a private residence.

BEATRICE: The cannon arrived in 1898 and was meant to be put on GAR plot in cemetery, but was too big.  (See Omaha BEE 9/5/1898). Raising funds for monument began in January 1902. The monument is dated A.D. 1904, but no dedication article in papers!!?? Other comments in local papers are as follows: Daily Sun-7/20/1902 Buttons for Mon. fund...hope to unveil during reunion.  Weekly Times-1/9/02,1/23/02 Monument fund, 9/18/02 monument discussed...arrival of stone for panels.., 1/29/03 Pg. 7 fund details...hope to dedicate next Memorial Day..$712...12/3/03 Pg. 7...monument finally complete...

BROKEN BOW: See B.B. Republican 5/27/1920

BURWELL: According to letter in 1968, GAR lot was purchased in 1910, but found no later mention of erection of monument. It was supposedly rededicated in 1976, never found date, but they had a big celebration on July 4th for bicentennial.

CAIRO/CAMERON: No local paper between 1909-1920. In 1914 they sold their hall to the Bluff Center Baptist Church. On Sept. 3, 1914 the Post minutes show a motion was made to erect suitable monuments. On 10/19/1914 they reported the stones bought, lettering approved and cemetery lots purchased. On 6/24/1915 more money was requested for additional monument base. The monuments do not appear in the minutes again. From all of this, it would appear the monuments were probably dedicated on 5/30/1915, or near that time, with money obtained fromselling their hall (which was dedicated 10/5/1887).

CHAMBERS: 1897 Bugle refers to Monument to Unknown Dead, but what kind?

CHAPMAN: GAR Post from 1883 to 1915. No local paper. Central City papers seldom had Chapman reports.

CHESTER: See Hebron Register Tribune on 5/26/1921.

DAVENPORT: GAR Post until 1916.  Local papers refer to Old Soldiers monument in 1925, services at unknown soldiers grave from 1926 up to 1940. This monument is not really an unknown soldiers memorial, so I'm unclear as to what they refer to.

DONIPHAN: See G.I. Independent 6/3/1913 Pg. 4 Col. 2.

FAIRBURY:  Local museum has photo of cannon on cement base in park.

GORDON:  GAR Post from 1892-1925. No local papers before 1896. No mention of monument in paper 1896-1915, but in 1916 the paper refers to "Unknown Soldiers Monument".  Doesn't say it's being dedicated, so this may be just better reporting than before, but it is the first reference to a monument.

GRAND ISLAND:  #3  Eli Barnes was Dept. Commander in 1908, but did not find any mention in the 1908 G.I. papers. Monument does not say "Past" Dept. Commander, which implies he was in office when monument erected.

HEBRON: Monument dedicated in 1925 was originally going to be for the GAR, but Amer. Legion decided to change it to an all veterans monument.

HOLDREGE:  Beaver City Times Tribune on 5/22/1908 reported "Holdrege cannon cost $415...arrived last Wednesday from Bucks Point, Maine...weigh 16,000 lbs each...last two Civil War guns..Local paper reported on 5/18/1913 "tablets bearing names of living Post members placed on bases of cannons".  These may be the ones now in cemetery.  See 12/22/1910 Pg.1 Col.4 also.

HUNTLEY:  Schoolhouse dedicated 5/28/1925.  No local paper or comments in Alma paper.  Picture in Huntley Centennial Book Page 31.
Cannon was located on NE corner of school grounds. GAR Hall is now the town hall according to Centennial Book.

JUNIATA: GAR Post until 1933.  No local paper after 1917. 1921 WRC Journal reports monument by WRC, but no details. Style of the monument is 1930s and may have been from left over money from sale of the GAR hall.  Hastings Democrat has article on park monument on 3/29/1934 and on 6/7 says it was dedicated on 5/30.

KEARNEY: This was first monument where money for it was raised through a 1907 law that authorized a county-wide tax. The law required the inclusion of the Spanish-American War veterans in any such monument.  Moved to present location and redicated on 11/11/1994.

LEBANON: Danbury News reported on 6/6/1901 "monument to unknown dead dedicated...

LEXINGTON:  The Pioneer reported the following: 2/21/1913 "...Cannons arrive...", 10/2/1914 "..foundations in position, should be mounted in two weeks...statue design undecided", 5/22/1913 "Council ok'ed plaque in Courthouse"

LINCOLN:  Plot in Wyuka Cemetery was dedicated 5/30/1893 per Neb. Def.

LOUP CITY: Letter from local in 1968 says it was dedicated shortly after or during WWI, replacing a wooden one  Detailed search of local paper finds no article, but monument is pictured in 1936 Memorial Day article. Standard refers to a "monument to Civil War vets" in 1926, but not to dedication. It was erected by SUV, LGAR and citizens, not GAR, which would imply after 1923 when Post closed.

LUSHTON:  GAR Post from 1890 to 1915.  No local paper. McCool Junction and York (Republican) papers had regular Lushton section or comments, but no monument mentioned between 1890-1926 on Memorial Day. Post dedicated a Hall in January 1898. Money may have come when they sold Hall later.

NAPONEE: GAR Post only from 1885-1888. Had LGAR Circle at Bloomington from 1899 to ?. Republican Valley/Echo of Bloomington has  regular Naponee section, but no monument mentioned from 1887 to 1910 on Memorial Day. Poem is identical to Trenton Monument dedicated in 1899.

OAK: Diagram in cemetery calls this the GAR monument, but could find nothing to confirm this. It is identical to the one in Nelson's cemetery!?

OGALLALA: 1968 letter from a Mrs. Jessop says cement laid 5/21/1947, but doesn't say where she got this information.

ORLEANS: Local historian says GAR Hall was sold to undertaker who converted it into Chapel. Still there.

PAWNEE CITY: The Pawnee Chief on 12/28/1906 says new Methodist Church opened last sunday (23rd), dedication in January. No other comments in January papers, but Jan. 18th issue missing.

PLATTSMOUTH: Courthouse had a special room for GAR museum in basement. Dedication during campfire to commemorate Gen. Lee's surrender. See 9/28/1900 Weekly News & 8/12/1909 Journal. Local historian is not aware of it being a GAR window, but son of former minister says his father always called it the GAR window.

RUSHVILLE #2: More modern style from 1940s till present, but paper is so vague, hard to tell what kind of monument in place after WWI.

SCHUYLER #2: GAR Post until 1936.  Local His. Soc. says after Dec. 1911.  In 1912 the Sun says "flowers left at monument to Unknown Dead", but that does not neccesarily mean this monument. On 5/29/1914 paper says "monument erected for those that didn't come back."

SILVER CREEK: Building burned down about 1995, but they have photos of window.

STERLING: Omaha Bee reported on 5/21/1895 Pg. 5 Col. 2, "A year ago soldiers erected monument...has been damaged by buckshot.."

SUPERIOR: Nelson Gazette reported on 5/25/1905 "Superior unveiled monument on Wednesday..."

SUTTON: Register on 5/26/1894 says "Soldiers Monument Assoc. formed" and on 6/29/1895 reports "ground in park dedicated", but up to 1906 services were described as being in the church and at  the cemetery, no mention of the park. In 1908 the Advertiser says "Soldiers monument in the Park", but a detailed search of 1906-07 found no dedication ceremony. Story picks up in 1909. On 7/22/09 "need $200 more for improvements planned",  8/12/09 "concrete watertable finished...foundation now ready for first course of stone which we hope to put up this fall.. 8/26/09 "granite for base ordered...will need more money to pay for it when it comes..., 9/16/09 "last money list...,  7/7/1910 "guns in city park announce 4th of July.., 5/25/1911 "lumber and stone from monument stolen, 6/15/1911 History of monument drive and statement of finishing work..also comments on laying stone of Wisconsin granite...".  Other interesting comments appear on 7/15/1909, 9/1/1909, 6/1/1911. Although one person has told me he thought there was a statue at one time that was destroyed in a storm, no one else remembers a statue, just the base.  Perhaps it wasn't dedicated because it was never finished!!??  The two cannon were shipped in June 1900 at a cost of $27.96. See articles in Adv. on 6/1/1900 & 7/27/1900 and Register on 7/23/1900.

SYRACUSE: Cannon was moved to present location in 1998.

WAVERLY:  GAR Post until 1931, WRC until 1926. GAR Hall sold in 1926, which may have provided the funds for monument. Watchman ends in 1933 and found no mention of a monument or even a drive for a monument.  Style suggests 1930s or 40s.

WAYNE:  GAR Post until 1930. Local paper does not mention even going to the C.H. Square for services between 1890-1933. Finally in 1935 they go to C.H., but not in 36!  A "small cannon" was presented to the Post by citizens at the Presbyterian Church on this date in 1890. Report does not indicate if it was on a carriage or just a tube, or where they got it. Placement on the Courthouse lawn apparantly was in 1913, as that year is on marble base, but curiously Post didn't go to the Courthouse as part of their Memorial Day services until 1935, which is after Post closed??!! Location was changed sometime in 1995-1998.

WOOD RIVER:  The W.R. Interests reported on 2/9/1917 "...cannon received 2/5/1917", on 6/7/1918 "...cannon added to monument"  Rec'd report from Jim Potter in Lincoln, that W.R. Cemetery Association sold cannon in 1998, and will replace with replica. Money to be used to improve cemetery.

There are other monuments across the state that are not on this list. Some are to the Spanish-American War of 1898-1902, and others are to WWI. There is also a group that are muti-war monuments. A few of these were included in this list, but most are not, because they were put up by either the VFW or American Legion and were meant to honor all veterans, not just the veterans of the Civil War.  When they do mention the Civil War veterans, it is not the major part of the memorial. Since my purpose was to show the impact of the Civil War veterans in this area, I only included the multi-war monuments where the Civil War section is a major part of the memorial.

OTHER MONUMENT LOCATIONS
AUBURN           5/30/1924    To WW1 in City Park
ALLIANCE         5/30/1935    WWI cannon at Courthouse
ARLINGTON        5/30/1933    Large boulder-to Veterans of All Wars
AXTELL           5/30/1933    Veterans of All Wars  by the American Legion
BAYARD           5/30/1933    All Wars
BEATRICE         11/11/1924   Bronze tablet on boulder in park
BENNETT          5/30/1931    Veterans of All Wars
BLOOMFIELD       5/30/1928    In Memory of Soldiers and Sailors by the A.L.
BLUE SPRINGS     5/30/1921    All Wars
BRAINARD         11/11/1936   Multiwar-large stone at Amer. Legion Hall
BRIDGEPORT       5/30/1934    To the Unknown Soldiers  by the American Legion
BUTTE                         To WWI Veterans of Boyd county  by the A.L.
CHAPPELL                      In Memorium to All Veterans
CLARKSON         7/4/1928     WWI in City Park       (1926??)
CORTLAND                      Memorial window in Methodist Church
CRAIG            5/30/1927    Multiwar by the American Legion
CRAWFORD                      Unknown Dead
CRETE          5/30/1930-1    To All Who Served      (cannon added in 1931)
DANNENBROG       5/30/1931    Cannon on concrete base at City Hall (Farwell)
DODGE            11/11/1925   German Mortar at public school
ELGIN            11/11/1929    To the Unknown Dead   3/15??  11/21??
FAIRFIELD
FARNAM                        All Wars
FIRTH                         All Veterans of the Community
FULLERTON                     In Memory of our Honored Dead
GORDON           5/30/1958    To Unknown Dead of All Wars
GRESHAM          5/30/1920    To the Unknown Dead
GUIDE ROCK                    WWI Soldier Statue at High School
HARDY                         In Memory of the Defenders of our Country
HARTINGTON                    Unknown Dead
HARTINGTON       1976         To All Veterans
HEBRON           5/30/1925    Large boulder with bronze plate
HERMAN           1971         To All Who Served
IMPERIAL         1924         To the Unknown Dead
IMPERIAL         1967         To All Who Served
KIMBALL          1955         To All Who Served by the V.F.W.
LEIGH                         To the Unknown Soldiers of WWI & WWII
LITCHFIELD                    Multiwar
LOUP CITY        11/11/1925   6" German Field Artillery peice  (5-30-1926)
MADISON          5/30/1934    Brick tower
MADRID                        Veterans Memorial
MASON CITY       5/30/1926    In Memory of Our Unknown Defenders
MERNA                         Veterans of All Wars  by the American Legion
MILFORD          See 6/25/1931  In City Park
MINDEN (LIBERTY)              Multiwar
MINDEN           11/11/1924   WWI
OGALLALA                      To All Veterans
So. OMAHA        11/10/1935   At Graceland Cemetery
OSCO             1924         Unknown Soldiers of All Wars
OXFORD           11/11/1934   WWI Soldier statue in cemetery
PALISADE                      WWI & WWII
ST. EDWARD       5/39/1933    Large boulder to WWI
SARGENT                       Soldiers, Sailors, Marines of all Wars
SCHUYLER                      WWI
SCRIBNER         5/30/1936    French 75mm gun in city park
SHELBY                        Unknown Dead
SHELTON                       All Soldiers, Sailors & Marines
SIDNEY           5/30/1924    WW1
SPRINGVIEW       5/30/1922    Multiwar
STELLA           4/15/1927    Bronze Tablet
SUPERIOR         1948         Unknown Dead of All Wars  by the American Legion
SWANTON                       Window in Methodist Church to WWI Veterans
TAYLOR           1953?        Veterans of Loup county...
TILDEN           11/11/1924   WWI
UPLAND           5/30/1950    To All Who Carried the Torch of Freedom...
UTICA            5/30/1938    To the Spanish-American War Vets
VALENTINE
WALTHILL         1921/2       WWI Soldier statue
WAUNETA                       In Memory of All Who Served
WILCOX           5/30/1921    To the Unknown Dead
YORK                          Spanish-American War

On 5/28/1926 Wilbur Republican has major article on Victor Vifguain
Osceola remodeled old GAR Hall 11/11/1924, took possesion spring 1924
Crete given relics including GAR charter 11/21/1929 Nebr. Legion Mag.

Need Amer. Legion Post #'s:
39-45-57-62-116-131-143-169-175-205-235-253-268-294-295-332+
#331 So. Omaha-Melting Pot, #350 Lyman-??, #353 Louisville-Henry Newman on 
12/7/1928, #356 Barneston-??, #358 Jansen,
#374 Millard on 3/24/1957, #367 0r 376 Virginia-Fisher in April 1957,
Wauneta Feb. 1932,