Civil War Monument Fund
The statue known as Victory was in the beginning called Goddess of Liberty". She stood 13 foot tall and was made of
Terracotta. She weighed in at over 2400 lbs. And her pedestal was over 80 feet above the street.
When Victory was created she was the largest statue of her kind in the world. She was fired in 3 pieces and her placement
atop the Soldiers Monument was completed on Wed Sept 13, 1870.
On a stormy night in Oct. of 1960 Victory was struck by lightening and beheaded. Little is know of her disposition but
today a lone lightening rod replaces her.
Victory Has Been Archived
The family of Anna and Donald R. Kraft has donated all of the funds needed to recreate the "Victory" Statue.
The Kraft family
has selected Vincent Tolpo and well known local artist to recreate "Victory".
Contracts with the Artist and Art Casting of Illinois
to reproduce "Victory" with a planned unveiling on Sept. 4th 2015 have been executed.