Simsbury honors its Civil War veterans with an 1895 monument in its Weatogue section.
The Soldiers’ Monument features an infantryman standing with a rifle atop a rough granite pedestal. A dedication on the front (northeast) face reads, “Erected to the memory of Union Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865.” A GAR emblem also appears on the northeast face.
The monument’s northwest and southwest sides bear large panels inscribed with the names of local Civil War veterans. The southeast side is inscribed with the names of 15 local officers.
The infantry figure has more angular appearance than most Civil War monuments. The monument was supplied by the Munson Granite Company, and the sculptor’s name isn’t readily available.
At the base of the monument, a dedication plaque was added in 1995 as part of the monument’s 100th anniversary. The plaque dedicates the monument to all veterans of the Civil War, and lists 37 Simsbury residents who were lost in the conflict.
The monument stands in a small wooded area on Hopmeadow Street (Route 10), just south of the intersection with Sand Hill Road.
Simsbury honors those lost in the nation’s wars with two monuments in the center of town.
The Memorial Gateway at the entrance of Simsbury Cemetery on Hopmeadow Street (Route 10), dedicated in 1923, honors residents killed in the Civil War and World War I. The gateway features two curved fences as well as pillars topped with bronze eagles.
Plaques are mounted within the brick gateway to honor local war heroes. The south plaque, which honors Civil War veterans, bears a dedication reading, “Erected to the memory and honor of those citizens of Simsbury who, by sacrifice and service during the Civil War, helped to maintain the integrity of the Union 1861-1865.”
The north plaque bears a similar dedication to residents who served in World War I.
A large marker just inside the cemetery ground marks the location of the first meeting house in Simsbury, which was erected in 1683 and stood until 1739.
Across the street from the cemetery, a war memorial outside Eno Memorial Hall honors veterans of all wars. A dedication on the monument’s south side reads, “In memory of those from Simsbury who gave their lives in the service of their country. These dead shall not have died in vain.”
The monument lists five residents who were killed in World War I, 17 who died in World War II, two who died in Korea, and three who were lost in Vietnam.
Simsbury’s Civil War veterans are also honored with a monument that will be highlighted in a future post.