Minnesota groups helps with military park monument

Published 10:30 pm Thursday, February 5, 2009

Twin Cities Civil War Round Table in Minnesota has sent $9,200 to spruce up the 102-year-old bronze monument to Minnesotans who fought in the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863.

The monument is a half-mile from the main entrance to the Vicksburg National Military Park.

The Minnesota monument is a statue of a woman, “Peace,” sculpted by William Couper. She holds a shield and a sword to symbolize the North and the South armies placing their weapons in her keeping at the end of the Civil War and a wreath to signify victory.

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The 90-foot-tall vertical Mount Airy-granite monument was dedicated in 1907.

The restoration work, expected to take about two weeks, will begin later this year.