The monument features a bronze infantry figure atop a granite base. A dedication on the front (northeast) face of the monument reads “erected by the town of Middletown to the memory of her fallen sons 1874.” The front also has a bronze plaque depicting a farming family and a scrolling ribbon bearing an additional dedication “their heroic valor ensured our lasting peace.”
A small round plaque set just below the soldier’s feet bears the additional inscription “Honor to the brave” inside an ornamental wreath.
The northwest, southwest and southeast sides of the monument bear large plaques listing the name, regimental affiliation, and date and place of death of local residents who were killed in action, died of wounds, in prison or after the war.
The rear (southwest) side also features a bronze inset with a wreath and the inscription “we cherish their memory.” The southeast face features a small bust of Abraham Lincoln, and the northwest face has a bronze inset depicting George Washington.”
The first name listed on the southeast face is Maj. Gen. Joseph Mansfield, a Middletown native who was killed in the battle of Antietam. His grave, and a GAR monument near it, will be featured in Friday’s post.
The base of the Soldier’s Monument is surrounded by four Confederate cannons.
Across Main Street, two large plaques honor Middletown residents who served in World War I. The plaques were attached to the outside walls of an armory building that was later converted into an inn.