A Soldiers Monument
On the state house grounds in the city of Lincoln are several pedestals, erected for the purpose of supporting statuary that might be ordered in future years.
It is passing strange that the city which ears the name of the martyred president and which is the seat of government in Nebraska has never aroused itself to the point of placing upon one of these pedestals a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
The city of Lincoln owes it to itself, and to the state which has honored it by making it its capital, to place upon one of these pedestals a statue of the president whose name the capital city bears. There are several of these pedestals, and not one of them is graced by a bit of statuary. Other states have erected monuments to the soldiers and sailors of the civil war, but Nebraska, born of that war, has not yet done so.
The World-Herald believes that Nebraska should have done this long ago, and it believes that Nebraska should now make amends for this delay by erecting upon one of the pedestals mentioned a statue to the brave Nebraskans who served in the civil war and to the brave Nebraskans who rushed to the defense of the country during the Spanish-American war.
Nebraska blood flowed on many of southern battle field a generation ago, and Nebraska blood was spilled upon the field of Santiago. Nebraska boys have enlisted in the regular army, and these boys were at Santiago. The volunteers wee not privileged to fight in Cube, but one regiment of them has fought at Manila, and Nebraska blood had dyed the soil of the Philippines. To the boys who died and to the boys who offered their lives a statue should be erected upon the state house grounds at Lincoln. No true Nebraskan
will object, and the only question is? How shall it be done? And the question is easily answered. Let the money be raised by popular subscription and placed in the hands of a commission appointed by the governor. The raising of the money will be easy, for Nebraskans are noted for their generosity and their patriotism, and Nebraska is proud of her brave sons who wore the blue of Uncle Sam and marched to do and to die for the old flag.
The World-Herald, Omaha, Tuesday, September 20, 1898