Lynn Haven, Florida: Southernmost Tribute to a Union Soldier

The only statue of a Union soldier built to honor Union soldiers south of the Mason-Dixon line (he faces north). Lynn Haven was founded as a retirement community for old Union soldiers, who gave money from their pensions to erect the statue in 1920.
W. 8th St., Lynn Haven, FL
From Hwy 77/Ohio Ave. turn west onto W. 8th St. and drive three blocks. On the southeast corner of W. 8th St. and Georgia Ave.
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Correction: there is also a Union monument in Key West, which remained in the Union all through the Civil War.

[David Nolan, 07/01/2018]

Perhaps it's a fine point, but the Key West monument is just text-on-granite, while the Lynn Haven tribute is an actual statue of a Union Soldier -- far more in-your-face to unrepentant Rebels.

Union Soldier Monument.

Tribute To A Union Soldier

Thought to be one of the most southern memorials to a Union soldier, this memorial has been repurposed to honor all soldiers. This monument is located at the corner of West 8th and Georgia Avenue in Lynn Haven, FL.

[Ken Shaw, 07/22/2011]

The South repurposed a statue of a Union soldier to honor all soldiers? It's nobly inclusive -- but it also seems kind of sneaky.

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