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Daniel Morgan Monument, Spartanburg County (Main & Church Sts., Spartanburg)
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Monument Monument Statue Detail

The Daniel Morgan Monument, erected in 1881 to commemorate the centennial of the victory at the Revolutionary Battle of Cowpens and its hero, General Daniel Morgan, is located in Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg on a pedestrian island at the intersection of Main and Church Streets. John Quincy Adams Ward, a nationally known sculptor, modeled the heroic bronze statue that tops the monument. Ward has been called the Dean of Modern American Sculptors. Ward felt that American art should embody American ideas. He rejected neo-classicism for realism, which is the constant and dominant characteristic of all his work. The statue stands on a columnar granite shaft on an octagonal base designed by eminent Charleston architect, Edward B. White. The pedestal is one of the last designs by White. Ward was nine months in creating the statue. He modeled the costume from a portrait of Morgan, drawn by James Herring from an original sketch by Col. Trumbull and engraved by Prudhomme. In 1960, the monument was moved about 100 yards across Morgan Square to its east end. The base was replaced in its original orientation to east and west, but the statue was turned around 180 degrees so the front of the statue now stands over the west face of the pedestal, which is inscribed to William Washington. Listed in the National Register September 22, 1980.

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