The monument was erected in 1873 to honor Ledyard residents killed in the conflict. A dedication on the monument’s front (north) face reads, “In honor of the men of Ledyard who fought for the preservation of the Union in the war of 1861-5. Erected July 4, A.D. 1873, by Ledyard Bill.”
The north face also features a raised United States shield and two crossed swords.
The south, east and west faces bear the names of 29 Ledyard residents killed in the Civil War.
A short walk away from the Civil War monument, a collection of monuments honors Ledyard’s veterans of other wars. A bronze plaque affixed to a boulder honors 32 residents who served in World War I and four who were killed.
Inscriptions on other boulders honor veterans of the American Revolution, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
About a quarter-mile north of these monuments, an undated memorial in front of Town Hall honors all of Ledyard’s war veterans.