Civil War memorial

Lanier Foundation provides
needed money to complete project

The memorial will go up at the Visitors Center plaza

By Don Ward

(February 2006) – The Lanier Mansion Foundation plans to provide the $10,000 needed to complete construction of the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable’s Civil War Memorial, to be erected as part of a new entrance to the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center in downtown Madison.

Bob Hughes and Margaret Seifert

Photo by Don Ward

The Civil War Roundtable Memorial
will be incorporated into the new entrance
plaza at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center.

A few years ago, the nonprofit Civil War Roundtable received $40,000 from the Build Indiana Fund to erect a memorial but lacked enough money to complete the project. But Phyllis Stephens, cultural administrator at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, said work on the memorial will begin as the entrance is finished, which is anticipated to be sometime this spring.
“We have the funds; the Lanier Mansion Foundation is dedicated to completing the entire project in 2006,” Stephens said.
She said once the concrete plaza is finished, workers will begin landscaping the area and installing lights. The memorial will be erected at the northeast corner, at Vine and First streets, and take up nearly one-quarter of the plaza.
“We’re pleased to be a part of it and have the Civil War Roundtable memorial incorporated into the design,” said Sally Wurtz, president of the Lanier Mansion Foundation. “We think it is an appropriate place for it, considering the historical significance to the time period, and it is a very visible place for the community to enjoy it.”
Work on the entrance plaza was halted in late January and will not start again until early April when the weather is better, Stephens said. As a result, the main entrance to the Visitors Center facing Vine Street was re-opened Jan. 28. Previously, visitors had been routed into the building from a temporary side entrance facing First Street.
The Civil War Roundtable had been searching for an appropriate site for the memorial and wanted it to be located near the Lanier Mansion because of J.F.D. Lanier’s financial contributions to the war effort, according to the group’s spokesperson, Jim Courter. Once completed, the memorial will pay tribute to the five soldiers from Jefferson County who fought and died in the Civil War.
“We anticipate everything to be on track, and we’re excited to finally get a fitting memorial that we feel is important to honor those men from our area who died in battle,” Courter said. He added that an additional tribute to other soldiers who fought in the war but did not die in battle may be incorporated into the memorial.
The memorial will feature glass panels and concrete pillars with plaques of information on each one.
The five fallen soldiers to be honored are:
• Lt. Col. Alois O. Bachman, who died in the battle at Antietam;
• Col. Philemon Baldwin, who died in the battle at Chickamauga;
• Col. John Gerber, who died in the battle at Shiloh;
• Lt. Col. Jacob Glass, who died in the battle at Missionary Ridge;
• Col. John Hendricks, who died in the battle at Pea Ridge.
A dedication ceremony for the new memorial is being planned, officials said.

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