Major General William S. Rosecrans
Memorial Statue 
Sunbury Village Square

Have You Made a Donation to Honor
Major General William Starke Rosecrans?

The original statue was to be placed of a cut granite base but when a glacial boulder of the right dimensions was found
it was brought to the Sunbury Village Square for the base.


Why build a Statue?


How You Can Help

Make a Tax Deductible Donation

As of December 29, 2012, individuals, businesses and groups have donated time, money and materials to take the total amount needed from $176,400 to  $14,569

Be a 3-Star Donor


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

Something to crow about. . . . .

Barn Yard & Bake Sale  September 14 & 15
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


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

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. 

Make a tax exempt donation to the Statue Fund

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

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