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Dave Pelland on September 30th, 2009

The grave of Sgt. Herman Baker, who served in the American Revolution, rests within the Pratt & Whitney complex on Willow Street in East Hartford. Baker, a Tolland native who is also listed as “Heman” in some accounts, served with the Lexington Alarm, a local company that rushed to help the Minutemen after the revolution […]

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Dave Pelland on September 28th, 2009

A 1913 granite Civil War monument anchors an impressive collection of war memorials on the Glastonbury Green. The Standard-Bearer monument honors Capt. Frederick M. Barber, who served in the 16th Regiment of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and other Civil War veterans from Glastonbury. Barber died from wounds suffered during the Battle of Antietam. A dedication […]

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Dave Pelland on September 25th, 2009

A privately funded monument in Madison’s West Cemetery honors veterans of the Civil War as well as the nation’s earlier conflicts. The 1896 monument, featuring a bronze infantry soldier atop a granite base, was sponsored by Vincent Meigs Wilcox, a Madison native who served as a colonel in the 132nd Pennsylvania volunteer infantry regiment. A […]

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Dave Pelland on September 23rd, 2009

A tall granite obelisk topped by an infantry soldier honors the service of Meriden’s Civil War heroes. The monument, outside City Hall at the triangular intersection of East Main Street (Rte. 66) and Liberty Street, was dedicated in 1873. A dedication at the base of the front (west) face reads, “To the memory of our […]

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Dave Pelland on September 21st, 2009

A brownstone obelisk in the Kensington section of Berlin may be the first Civil War monument erected in the United States. The monument was dedicated July 28, 1863 –- less than a month after the Battle of Gettysburg and 20 months before Lee’s army surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The front (northeast) face of […]

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Dave Pelland on September 18th, 2009

Port Chester, N.Y.’s 1900 Civil War Monument underwent a significant restoration in late 2008. The monument, in a triangular park at the intersection of the Boston Post Road (Route 1) and Pearl Street, features a bronze statue of a Civil War officer and an eagle atop an ornate granite obelisk. The eagle is a 2008 […]

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Dave Pelland on September 16th, 2009

The town of Harrison, N.Y.,  honors World War I veterans with a monument topped by a famous Doughboy statue. The monument, dedicated in 1939, features a version of a Doughboy statue by sculptor E.M. Viquesney that is known formally as the “Spirit of the American Doughboy.” At least 138 other versions of this statue are […]

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Dave Pelland on September 14th, 2009

The village of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.,  honors local Civil War veterans with a granite-and-bronze monument in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The monument, near southwestern corner of the cemetery, was dedicated in 1890 by the local GAR post. Inscriptions on the front (west) face include a Latin dedication, along with “Our Union Soldiers” and the following poem: […]

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Dave Pelland on September 11th, 2009

New Britain honors its Civil War veterans with an elaborate monument in the heart of downtown. The domed monument, at the north end of the city’s Central Park, features a gilded allegorical figure representing Victory as well as gilded torches and a variety of Classical architectural decorative elements including columns, seashells and lots of swirls. […]

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Dave Pelland on September 9th, 2009

An 1871 brownstone obelisk in East Berlin honors the service of local Civil War veterans. The understated monument stands in a traffic island at the T-shaped intersection of Main Street and Berlin Street. An inscription at the base of the front (south) face reads “Soldiers.” The south face also lists the names and unit affiliations […]

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