Dedication Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Photo by Lenny Lepola

Major General William S. Rosecrans
Memorial Statue 
Sunbury Village Square

Birdseye View by Carl Staub  . . . . click to enlarge

Casting of the Statue

100% of the funds for Alan Cottrill to sculpt the statue have been raised and all money needed to move the sculpture to Sunbury and attach it to the boulder.
Bricks are beginning to come back from the engraver and will be added to the walkway before the Dedication on September 28th, 2013.


Joe and Pat Toole Joined 3-Star Donors
Forman Realtors Joins 3-Star Donors


3-Star Donors


Installing more bricks in the walkway

Join the Trail to the General
 Commemorative Brick Campaign
Honor a Family Member, a Friend or a a Delaware County Civil War Veteran
See list of Civil War Veterans

As of July 25, 2012, over 100 people have donated $10,000 to the Trail to the General

All Engraved Bricks will be in the
Trail to the General
by the Dedication on September 28, 2013


20 ton  glacial erratic will be the base for the General William Stark Rosecrans Statue.  Commemorative bricks will be placed in the walk. 
Learn more about the boulder

Ohio Historical Marker Arrives in Sunbury

On June 17, 2013, Sunbury Street Crew members under the leadership of Chester Wolfe took the 182 pound sign off the truck and unpacked it for proofing.  The men will install it on the square before the Dedication in September. 
Pictured left to right are George Owens, jr., Todd Franklin,  driver Todd Urhammer,
coordinator for the marker Polly Horn and Chester Wolfe.
Learn more about the marker


  Board of Delaware County Commissioners
Awarded $20,000 to the Statue Fund
January 2013
Big Walnut School Students Collected

Lincolns for Rosecrans
$2607.10 raised for statue
January 8-February 2013
Update in The Sunbury News 2-21-2013

Something to crow about. . . . .

Barn Yard & Bake Sale 
September 14 & 15, 2012
Raised $1,333.84
for the General Rosecrans Statue

Thanks to all who donated or purchased items!

More about the Sale
in The Sunbury News

See Photos of Moving the Boulder to the Square
July 25, 2012

Sealing the Boulder
November 9, 2012

Sunbury / Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce
Donated to Rosecrans' Statue Fund

Groundbreaking for the Statue
 November 13, 2011

Moving Boulder Base for Statue to Temporary Site
August 14, 2010

Rosecrans is the only major general from the Civil War without a statue.  He was instrumental in seeing that statues were erected for others but somehow he was overlooked by his peers.

Movement is afoot to rectify this error.  Tom Paul, who portrays General Rosecrans in many reenactments and living history pageants,  spearheaded the campaign.

General William Starke Rosecrans, a Kingston Township native, invented the round wicks for candles,  served as a U.S. Senator, was Lincoln's first choice for vice-president, served as an Ambassador to Mexico, helped incorporate the Southern Pacific Railroad, served as Treasurer of the United States and also led men successfully in battle.  While at West Point, he made some enemies which carried over on the battlefields of the Civil War.   Thus General Rosecrans was always on the Edge of Glory, as one biographer wrote.

 Learn more about the General  

General Rosecrans Elementary School is the first conquest in bringing the General into the glory which would surely have been his had the times been different.  Big Walnut Board of Education voted on October 12, 2009, to name the new elementary school after the General. 

* Statue Committee Thanking County Commissioners at the Eastern Delaware Republicans Club Meeting, January 10th
Photo by Lenny Lepola

Artist's Drawing of the Statue
Read About the
Statue in the News

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