Cleveland’s Public Square is four city blocks of green space and this is where you can find a respite from the intensity of downtown Cleveland. It was laid out by the city’s fist settlers who came from Connecticut and followed the New England recipe for urban planning, which is to have a public commons space in the center of each city.
The Southeast quadrant holds the most interesting part of Public Square — Soldiers and Sailors Monument. The monument is visually interesting with each facet featuring dynamic bronze statues realistically depicting a different branch of service that fought in the Civil War – Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry and Navy.
Going inside the monument you are confronted with walls covered with names listing 9,000 local Civil War veterans and life-size reliefs depicting historic points in that war.