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Dave Pelland on February 22nd, 2010

Kent honors its Civil War veterans with an 1885 obelisk in the intersection of North Main Street (Route 7) and Bridge Street (Route 341).

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Dave Pelland on February 19th, 2010

A 1905 monument marks the former location of Hartford’s legendary Charter Oak tree. The Charter Oak, a noted landmark and symbol for Hartford and Connecticut, was supposedly the hiding place of the royal charter granting legitimacy to the colony of Connecticut. The monument, not far from where the Charter Oak stood,  is at the corner […]

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Dave Pelland on February 16th, 2010

During a break in the wet snow blanketing southern Connecticut today, we again visited the 1888 Soldiers’ and Sailor’s Monument honoring Milford’s Civil War veterans. Unlike the tulips and holiday lights we saw on earlier visits to the monument, wet snow clung to much of the monument, including the eagle on the front (east) face […]

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Dave Pelland on February 12th, 2010

Winchester honors its Civil War veterans with a magnificent 64-foot medieval tower on a hill overlooking the town. The Winchester Soldiers’ Monument, dedicated in 1890, is the largest feature in a Crown Street park. The monument features a corner tower topped by an eight-foot bronze standard-bearer. A granite archway along Crown Street, in the Winsted […]

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Dave Pelland on February 10th, 2010

Ansonia honors the hiding of provisions from invading British troops with a monument in its Pork Hollow neighborhood. The monument, near the corner of Wakelee Avenue and Pork Hollow Street, was dedicated in 1901 to  commemorate an 1777 incident during which military supplies and food were hidden from British troops. The provisions, stored in a […]

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Dave Pelland on February 8th, 2010

Hartford honors a “typical volunteer soldier” of the Civil War with a monument near the site  where many regiments trained before heading south. The Griffin A. Stedman monument in the city’s Barry Square neighborhood stands on Campfield Avenue, which was named for the fields in which several of Connecticut’s volunteer infantry regiments trained. Stedman, a […]

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Dave Pelland on February 5th, 2010

A World War I recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross is honored with a monument in New Haven’s West River Memorial Park. Timothy Ahearn, an infantry corporal,  was honored for actions on October 27, 1918, near Verdun, France. After the officers and sergeants of his company had become casualties, Cpl. Ahern assumed command and organized […]

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Dave Pelland on February 3rd, 2010

Hartford’s Spanish-American War veterans are honored with an allegorical monument in the city’s Bushnell Park. The Spirit of Victory monument, near the intersection of Elm and Trinity streets, features a winged figure standing atop the bow of a ship with an eagle figurehead that we assume represents the United States. Victory stands with a torch […]

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Dave Pelland on February 1st, 2010

A Bushnell Park archway with two towers and a life-sized frieze honors Hartford’s Civil War veterans. The 1886 Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch features two medieval towers alongside an archway that spans Trinity Street. A dedication on the east tower (the right tower as you stand with your back to the Capitol building) reads, “In […]

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