A Different Kind of Civil War

James A. Percoco

in Summers with Lincoln

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228959
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234981 | DOI:
A Different Kind of Civil War

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This chapter's proving ground would be George Grey Barnard's Lincoln in Cincinnati's Lytle Park. As the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth loomed, Cincinnati, like other major cities, sought to erect a suitable monument to his memory. In 1907, Charles Taft found himself as one of thirty-five prominent citizens named to the Committee on a Permanent Memorial of the Lincoln Centennial Memorial Association. In 1909, the Committee found itself with a $100,000 windfall, the contribution of a wealthy widow, Mrs. Frederick H. Alms, whose husband, a Civil War veteran, held Lincoln in high regard. For Eleanora Alms, this was a worthy project that would honor not only her husband but also the “man he and his soldier comrades worshipped”. Her only stipulation for the donation was that the city maintain, repair, and clean in perpetuity the Lincoln statue.

Keywords: George Grey Barnard; Abraham Lincoln; Cincinnati; Charles Taft; Eleanora Alms; statue; donation

Chapter.  14456 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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