The Civil War Memorial
Located in the Sewickley Cemetery is one of the area’s oldest monuments and the first erected to the Civil War in Allegheny County. It was dedicated July of 1866, just one year after the end of the war. The monument was first suggested by Cemetery Superintendent D. N. White in June of 1865 as a way to honor the local boys who had died in the Civil War.
Superintendent White wanted an “enduring memorial of the remarkable rebellion, and those who perished in the defense of union and liberty.”
The community rallied around the idea and donations were received reaching almost $5,000. A classically trained sculptor, Isaac Brome, was hired to create a life size statue of Fame, the Greek goddess. The five foot Fame rests on one knee to show respect and homage to the fallen heroes. She holds a trumpet and a laurel crown. The original sculpture was carved out of marble, but the harsh Pittsburgh industrial conditions proved too harsh for the material and the statue began to decay. In 1905 an addition of four cannons were added to the base of the statue to guard Fame. Unfortunately in 1942 they were removed as part of the scrap drive of World War II. The condition of the Fame statue continued to deteriorate, and in 2003 the Citizens for Soldiers, a group of dedicated residents from Sewickley, raised money to replace the historic statue. Stanislaw Lutostanski was hired to recreate the new statue out of granite. In 2005 the new statue was finally finished and dedicated on July 12. The original Fame statue received a new place of honor in a protected area inside the Sewickley Cemetery Mausoleum.