At ease, soldier: Civil War Memorial statue at Muscatine County Courthouse laid to rest

It’s been 135 years since hands have touched it.

Now, the Civil War memorial soldier, which stood a silent watch over the Muscatine County Courthouse, has come down to be saved from more damage by the Earth’s elements.

On Monday afternoon, local historian Lee Miller, 70, watched as a Muscatine Power and Water crew wrapped a harness around the 6-foot, 2-inch statue’s waist, gently placing wood between the arms to protect it from breaking.

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