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Dave Pelland on June 29th, 2009

A monument near the south end of Durham’s town green honors local residents who served in United States wars from the American Revolution to the present day. The monument provides a comprehensive look at the nation’s wars by including conflicts, such as the War of 1812 and the 1846-48 War with Mexico, that are rarely […]

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Dave Pelland on June 26th, 2009

The 1885 Soldiers’ Monument at the northwest corner of Sharon’s town green is the only Civil War monument in Connecticut topped with a granite sculpture depicting a cannon. The distinctive monument was also among the first of the state’s monuments to feature a curved bench at its base (the 24th Regiment monument in Middletown has […]

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Dave Pelland on June 24th, 2009

A resting infantry soldier stands atop a circular-shafted monument dedicated in 1902 in Wallingford’s Dutton Park. The granite monument features a variety of shapes and ornamental details in its different sections. For instance, the monument’s square base is topped by an eight-sided band that in turn gives way to a cone-shaped cylinder. The infantry  soldier […]

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Dave Pelland on June 22nd, 2009

A collection of three  monuments honoring service in the two World Wars and Korea stand in front of Wallingford’s town hall. The World War I monument features two large bronze plaques, each with three columns listing local residents who fought in the conflict. The middle panel bears a dedication “in honor and in memory of […]

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Dave Pelland on June 19th, 2009

U.S. Civil War Major General Joseph K. F. Mansfield and other local Civil War veterans are honored with monuments in Middletown’s Indian Hill Cemetery. Gen. Mansfield was born in New Haven in 1803, and was a career Army officer who served in the Corps of Engineers after graduating from West Point. During his military service, […]

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Dave Pelland on June 17th, 2009

A collection of monuments on Veterans’ Memorial Green along Washington Street in Middletown honors those who served in the Civil War, the two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. A 1904 monument near the western end of the green honors the 24th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, a Civil War unit that fought primarily in Louisiana. The monument […]

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Dave Pelland on June 15th, 2009

We start this week’s look at the impressive war monuments in Middletown at the city’s South Green, where local residents lost in the Civil War are honored with the 1874 Soldiers’ Monument. The monument features a bronze infantry figure atop a granite base. A dedication on the front (northeast) face of the monument reads “erected […]

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Dave Pelland on June 11th, 2009

Pittsfield, Mass., honors its Civil War heroes with a statue of a standard-bearer atop a 25-foot-tall monument at the intersection of North Street and Park Place. The monument, at the west end of a park, was dedicated on Sept. 24, 1872. The front (west) face of the monument bears the inscription “For the dead a […]

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Dave Pelland on June 10th, 2009

For today’s post, we take our first look at a monument outside the state of Connecticut by highlighting the War of the Rebellion monument in Stockbridge, Mass. The monument, located at the intersection of West Main and Pine streets, is a brownstone obelisk, topped by a bronze eagle sculpture, that was dedicated in 1866. The […]

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Dave Pelland on June 9th, 2009

On Sunday afternoon, Norwalk returned an 1878 French cannon to the top of the World War monument on the city’s green. The cannon, which had been captured by German forces in World War I and recaptured by the French, was presented as a gift to the city of Norwalk in 1921. The cannon stood atop […]

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