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The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is located on Delaware Avenue at the corner of 14th and Broom Streets in Wilmington. It was constructed using a column from the Old Pennsylvania Bank building located at 2nd and Lodge Streets in Philadelphia, PA which was demolished in 1868.
The monument was unveiled with much fanfare on May 30, 1871, and at that time was the only soldier’s monument in Delaware. The debt for the monument was never paid off and the Sheriff threatened to sell the monument to satisfy the debt. Eli Crozier, a newspaper owner of “We the People,” who was active in the obtaining and construction of the monument came to the rescue. Through his efforts, on May 29, 1880 the debt was paid off and the monument was turned over to the Soldiers’ Monument Association which was formed in 1869 and maintains it to this day.
The bronze eagle on the top of the monument was cast at the Pusey & Jones Company by Harry Lowe, a skilled moulder. The bronze was obtained from a cannon donated by the government.
Mrs. Warner was a local activist who was very influential in starting educational and social initiatives. She was known as a woman who championed education in Delaware. She helped organize the New Century Club and was chair person of the education committee, she worked to fund the Women’s College which is now the University of Delaware, Warner Hall was named after her. She became the first woman on the Board of Trustees of UD in 1927 and served until her death. She was president of the Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for 21 years. She helped found the Children & Families First Charity, the State Federation of Women’s Clubs and Delaware Branch of the League of Women Voters and was president in 1924. The Warner Junior High School in Wilmington is named in her honor.