Originally built in 1888, this monument features a lone soldier overlooking Forest Cemetery's fallen Civil War soldiers. It was erected to honor John H. Groce, a local Union officer who was killed December 1864.
“During the ensuing 127 years, the monument remained untouched, a testament to the quality of the work,” Jack Mader, master of ceremonies said during the rededication ceremony. “However, the ravages of time and the elements finally brought about the need for a major overhaul.”
The scope of work on Soldier's Monument included repairing the original steel structure at the base, approximately 30 bullet holes, and the separated copper seams. The sandstone base was cleaned, pointed, and repaired as needed.
Featured in the Circleville Herald: Historic Civil War Monument rededicated in Forest Cemetery.