Monday, March 7, 2011

Crystal Lake's Union Soldier Project in the Home Stretch

From the Nov. 11, 2010, Northwest Herald.

Always great to get some Civil War stuff here in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, this time in McHenry County.

Five years have been spent restoring the Union soldier monument so it can return to Crystal Lake's Union Cemetery.

The Crystal Lake Historical Society has now raised enough money to complete the project and to dedicate it September 11, 2011, the date it was originally dedicated. A $9,000 donation was given by the Crystal Lake American Legion Post 171 and now the art conservator can be paid to complete the project.

Andrzej Dajnowski, of Forest Park, Illinois has been working on the soldier, made entirely of zinc in his studio. He has already completed the base which has the names of four Civil War battles and the names of 379 area veterans etched into it.

The eighteen foot monument was placed in Union Cemetery in 1889 and taken down five years ago for restoration. So far, $60,000 has been raised.

The cemetery is located at 8012 Ridgefield Road.

Local Civil War History. --Old B-R'er

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