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Dave Pelland on May 29th, 2009

An 1871 obelisk and two cannons on Woodbury’s South Green honor the sacrifice of local residents killed in the Civil War. The understated design of the monument predates the popularity of adding figures to the tops of Civil War monuments, and the Woodbury monument is similar to obelisks erected in North Branford and Northfield (both […]

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Dave Pelland on May 27th, 2009

Watertown honors the sacrifice of its Civil War veterans with a 1908 monument rising above DeForest Street (Route 6). The monument features a round granite column topped by a bronze eagle. The front (southeast) face of the shaft is decorated with three wreaths and two flags rising above the dates of the Civil War. The […]

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Dave Pelland on May 25th, 2009

Today, on Memorial Day, we pause to remember the sacrifice of the Connecticut veterans who gave, in the words of President Lincoln, “the last full measure of devotion.”  (click images to enlarge)                                               […]

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Dave Pelland on May 22nd, 2009

Several monuments honoring the wartime service of local residents grace Coe Memorial Park in downtown Torrington. At the north end of the park, near the intersection of Main Street and Litchfield Turnpike, stands the Wolcottville Soldiers’ Monument, which reflects the name of the city during the monument’s dedication in 1879. The monument, with an uncommon […]

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Dave Pelland on May 20th, 2009

A war memorial featuring a female allegorical figure representing patriotism and peace stands on a green near the corners of West Broad and Main Street in Stratford. The monument, at the east end of the West Broad Street Green, was dedicated in 1931 as a memorial to peace intended to honor the local men and […]

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Dave Pelland on May 18th, 2009

The town of Orange honors local veterans with memorials in two locations. At the High Plains Community Center, the town dedicated a Remembrance Walk display in 2005. Local families purchased bricks honoring the service of veterans in a variety of wars dating back to the American Revolution. A plaque on the largest of the three […]

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Dave Pelland on May 15th, 2009

A brownstone obelisk erected in the village of Northfield in 1866 was one of the state’s earliest Civil War monuments. The monument stands on the village green in the Northfield section of Litchfield. The south face (the front) bears the dedication “That the generations to come might know them,” “Lincoln” in raised letters, and the […]

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Dave Pelland on May 13th, 2009

A black granite slab mounted outside the town’s police department honors Woodbridge’s veterans. The monument, dedicated in 1994 by Woodbridge’s  Lt. G. Bronson Bedworth Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, bears the inscription “In everlasting tribute to the men and women of Woodbridge who have served their nation with honor to preserve freedom.” The […]

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Dave Pelland on May 11th, 2009

A 13-inch mortar used in the Civil War was mounted on the grounds of the state capitol in 1902. The mortar, nicknamed the “Petersburg Express” and “the Dictator,” was used in the siege of Petersburg (Va.), a series of trench-fighting skirmishes near Petersburg and Richmond in 1864 and 1865. The monument was erected in 1902 […]

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The first time we highlighted the 1888 Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on Milford’s green, it was early February and southern Connecticut was covered with what appeared at the time to be perpetual snow cover. Now that winter has gradually faded into spring, we noticed the impressive collection of flowers surrounding the base of the monument […]

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