Cuyahoga County

Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

Welcome to Cuyahoga County's Civil War Monument

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument commemorates the American Civil War; it consists of a 125' column surrounded at its base by a Memorial Room and esplanade. The column, topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom, defended by the Shield of Liberty, signifies the essence of the Nation for which Cuyahoga County veterans were willing to and did give their lives. Four bronze groupings on the esplanade depict, in battle scenes, the Navy, Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry.

Inside the Memorial Room are four bronze relief sculptures: Women's Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid Society, Beginning of the War in Ohio, Emancipation of the Slaves and End of the War at City Point, Va., as well as busts of Gen. James Barnett and Architect/ Sculptor Levi T. Scofield, together with 6 officers, who were either killed in action, or died of disease or their wounds.

Current Job Openings

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is seeking a part-time Caretaker. Learn more HERE. For questions or to apply email Executive Director Greg Palumbo at GPalumbo@CuyahogaCounty.us.

Patriotic Santa

This holiday season the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is presenting "Patriotic Santa" as a free public event. Join this historically accurate Civil War Santa pulled from the pages of Harper's Weekly.

Take a photo with Santa for free on your personal device from 11:00am to 6:00pm during Winterfest, November 26. Santa will also be available from 11:00am to 1:00pm December 3, 10, and 17.

In 1862 and 63 Thomas Nast, an illustrator for Harper's Weekly merged the elfin imagery from his native Germany and the European mythology of Santa Clause to create what we know of today as the American version of Santa.

Join Us and Experience Patriotic Santa

November 26, 2022 - 11:00am to 6:00pm

December 3, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

December 10, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

December 17, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Check Out Our Podcast

Featuring The Presidents Found In the Monument & General J.D. Cox

In this installment of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Podcast Executive Director Greg Palumbo has a conversation with Ted Prasse, President of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Commission. They discuss the U. S. Presidents that are honored in the Monument statuary and one man who was connected to several of those Presidents, former Secretary of the Interior under President Grant and Governor of Ohio, J.D. Cox. General Cox is shown in the western Monument panel along with James A. Garfield and Rutherford B. Hayes.

Open Internship Opportunities

The Cuyahoga County Monument Commission is happy to announce two seasonal winter paid-internship opportunities.

Content Development Internship

Summer Internships for 2023

Click Here for more information on author Lauren Pacini's book Honoring Their Memory: Levi Scofield, Cleveland's Monumental Architect and Sculptor


New Day Cleveland Downtown Road Trip

Thank you to Fox8's David Moss and New Day Cleveland for stopping by the Monument on their Downtown Road Trip. Watch the segment on YouTube where the Moss-man talks with Executive Director Greg Palumbo about our Cleveland treasure.