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Vicksburg National Military Park

Illinois monument

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This tremendously beautiful monument is dedicated by the State of Illinois. The acoustics inside are very dramatic, making the singing of the National Anthem an absolute must. There is a nearly six second reverberation of sound inside.

It was dedicated on October 26, 1906 and was transferred to the United States by Governor C.S. Deneen and accepted by J. S. Schofield of the United States War Department. It was erected by the firm of Culver Construction Company with William B. Mundie contracting the designers and sculptors. The design was by W. L. B. Jenney and sculptor was Charles J. Mulligan.

Granite from Stone Mountain, Georgia forms the base and stairway. Above the base is Georgia white marble. There are forty-seven steps in the long stairway, one for each day of the Siege of Vicksburg. The Illinois Memorial is modeled after the Roman Pantheon. Sixty unique bronze tablets line the interior walls and name all 36,325 Illinois soldiers who participated in the Vicksburg Campaign. The monument stands sixty two feet in height. It originally cost $194,423.92 and was paid by the state of Illinois.

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