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James A. Percoco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228959

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228959.001.0001

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A Different Kind of Civil War

A Different Kind of Civil War

George Grey Barnard's Lincoln (1917), Cincinnati, Ohio

(p.49) 3 A Different Kind of Civil War
Summers with Lincoln

James A. Percoco

Fordham University Press

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

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