Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument

Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument (HMKIR)

Location: Hamilton, OH 45011 Butler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.031', W 84° 33.891'

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"Victory, the Jewel of the Soul"

Side A: Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument
The Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument was planned and promoted by Butler County Civil War veterans and financed by a county levy in 1899. The monument, built of Indiana Limestone, is near the center of the site of Fort Hamilton, built in 1791 and named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury in President George Washington's cabinet. Featured, are two large, colorful windows that recognize the contributions of Butler County women during the Civil War. Featured speaker at the July 4, 1906, dedication was Governor Andrew L. Harris, a Butler County native and Civil War veteran. His name is one of the more than 4,300 carved into the interior marble walls.

Side B: "Victory, the Jewel of the Soul"
The statue atop the monument is officially entitled "Victory, the Jewel of the Soul," but is better known as "Billy Yank," the name given the common Union soldier during the Civil War (1861-1865). The 17-foot, 3,500-pound bronze figure is the work of Rudolph Thiem, a local artist whose design was selected in national competition. The soldier's informal pose represents his reaction to victory and peace at the end of the Civil War. His right foot is on an unexploded shell, while his right hand clasps his musket. His cap is uplifted in his left hand. His mouth is open as he shouts "Hurrah!" at the realization that fighting has ended. The statue was placed on the Monument in December 1904.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number25-9
Year Placed2006
Placed ByButler County Commissioners and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 1:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 709682 N 4364053
Decimal Degrees39.40051667, -84.56485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.031', W 84° 33.891'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 1.86" N, 84° 33' 53.46" W
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Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-81 S Monument Ave, Hamilton OH 45011, US
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