Soldiers’ Monument, Newfane, Vermont

The Village of Newfane, Vermont, honors its war heroes and veterans with several monuments on the town common.

The 1916 Soldiers’ Monument honors veterans of the Civil War and World War I. The monument, near the intersection of Route 30 and Jail Street, features a bronze infantryman standing atop a granite base.

A dedication on the monument’s front (east) face reads, “In memory of the men of Newfane who served their country in the Civil War, 1861 – 1865.”

Immediately below the dedication plaque, another bronze plaque displays a Civil War scene as well as an excerpt from the “Bivouac of the Dead,” a poem by Theodore O’Hara that was used on numerous Civil War monuments and sites.

The north and south sides of the monument’s base feature plaques listing local residents who served in the Civil War.

The monument’s west face bears a plaque listing the names of 34 residents who served in World War I.

The infantry figure was supplied by the WH Mullins Company of Ohio, and the base was supplied by the CH Grant Granite Company.

Not far from the Soldiers’ Monument, a bronze plaque mounted on a granite memorial honors Newfane’s World War II veterans. The plaque lists the names of 90 residents who served in the conflict, and highlights one who was killed.

Also nearby is a monument honoring Newfane’s veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Korean War section lists 30 residents who served. The Vietnam section honors 38 residents, including one who was killed in action.

Thanks for Mom and Dad for taking the photos.

Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Art Inventories Catalog


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