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Songs and Stories
     September 27, 2019      #4B-270 SsK
 
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Since May 30, 1887, the Soldiers’ Monument has been a familiar sight on the north lawn of the Kankakee County Courthouse. The monument honors the hundreds of Kankakee County men who served in the Union Army during the 1861-1865 Civil War.

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Jack Klasey: The Courthouse Soldier 

Jack Klasey: el soldado del palacio de justicia

By Jack Klasey
jwklasey@comcast.net


Career soldiers typically retire after 20 years of service, but the soldier standing guard in front of Kankakee County’s Courthouse has been on active duty for 132 years, with no plans for retirement.

The larger-than-life (7-foot-tall), copper bronze statue of “a soldier at parade rest,” standing atop a tall limestone and granite base, is a monument to Kankakee County men who died in the Civil War. A plaque on the north face of the monument reads:

“In Memory of the Soldiers of Kankakee County who Fought for the Union, 1861-1865. Love of ...

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Dr. Andrew S. Cutler, a Kankakee dentist and civic leader, proposed the creation of a monument honoring Kankakee County’s Civil War soldiers and led the campaign to raise money for the monument.

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Jack Klasey
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