Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Brooklyn

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, BrooklynBrooklyn has honored the memory of local Civil War veterans with a Canterbury Road monument featuring an infantry officer standing atop a granite pillar.

The monument, dedicated in 1888, was designed by sculptor Karl Gerhardt, who was also responsible for the nearby monument honoring American Revolution hero Israel Putnam.

The front (east) face of the Civil War monument bears a dedication “To the memory of all the brave men of Brooklyn who fought on land or sea for the preservation of the Union.” The east face also lists the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

The rear (west) face of the monument bears a bronze plaque listing the names of approximately 165 residents who served in the conflict, and also lists the battles of Winchester and Drury’s Bluff (Virginia).

The north face lists battles in New Berne (N.C.) and Cold Harbor (Va.), and the south face lists the battles of Petersburg and Cedar Creek (Va).

Bronze decorative elements on the monument include the Connecticut state seal as well as emblems honoring artillery and naval units.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, BrooklynThe monument was donated to Brooklyn by Thomas S. Marlor, a English native and successful financier who retired to the town in 1869. Marlor also donated the site of the Putnam monument, which was funded by the state.

An 1863 Parrott Rifle cannon has been mounted on a brick base next to the monument. The cannon’s barrel is free of litter, and contains only a wasp or hornet nest that we declined to explore further.

Just north of the Civil War and Putnam monuments, Brooklyn has erected a monument to the residents who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The World War II monument features five granite panels listing the residents who served, as honoring seven who died in the conflict. Separate panels, dedicated in 2000, honor the service of local residents in Korea and Vietnam.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, BrooklynA bit further north on Canterbury Road, a plaque on a boulder honors the residents who served in World War I. The plaque contains about 72 names, and honors three residents who died in the war.

Source:

Connecticut Historical Society: Civil War Monuments of Connecticut

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Brooklyn

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Brooklyn

World War II Monument, Brooklyn

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Brooklyn

Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn

Israel Putnam Monument, BrooklynRevolutionary War hero Israel Putnam is honored with an equestrian monument at his burial site on Canterbury Road (Route 169) in Brooklyn, CT.

The monument was dedicated in 1888 to honor Putnam, a Massachusetts native who served with distinction during the French and Indian War and who later abandoned his plow in the field to join the Continental Army when the American Revolution began.

Putnam is depicted directing troops on horseback. His horse faces east, and Putnam is looking toward the north. Large granite slabs on the north and south faces bear biographical and inspirational messages that were inscribed on Putnam’s original headstone.

Israel Putnam Monument, BrooklynThe wolves on the east and west faces refer to an incident in which Putnam ventured into a cave to kill a wolf that was helping herself to local farmer’ sheep.

Upon his death in 1790, Putnam was buried in an aboveground tomb in Brooklyn’s South Cemetery. Over the years, souvenir hunters had removed fragments of the headstone and the overall condition of the tomb was deemed unsuitable for General Putnam.

Sculptor Karl Gerhardt, also responsible for the nearby Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument as well as Civil War monuments in New York and New Jersey, was chosen to create a monument that would provide a new home for Putnam’s remains. Putnam was placed in a sarcophagus in the base, and the original headstone inscription was recreated on the monument. (The original headstone was put on display in the state capitol.)

The vintage postcard appearing below was postmarked in 1907. The yellow building next to the monument has since been replaced by a Post Office.

North of the monument, a plaque on a boulder marks the site of Putnam’s Brooklyn farm and tavern.

Israel Putnam Monument, BrooklynPutnam commanded Continental forces during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, and may have issued the famous command not to fire until troops saw the white of the British soldiers’ eyes. Putnam was forced to retreat from New York during the 1776 Battle of Long Island.

Putnam’s military career was ended by a stroke in 1779, while the general and the Connecticut militia was in winter camp in Redding. The encampment site is now Putnam State Park.

Putnam was also honored with statues in the state park and Hartford’s Bushnell Park. The town of Putnam, just north of Brooklyn, was named after him, as were eight counties.

Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn

Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn

Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn

Putnam Homestead Site, Brooklyn

Israel Putnam Monument, Brooklyn