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Dave Pelland on May 30th, 2011

…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…                                                                   […]

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Dave Pelland on May 25th, 2011

American Revolution General Israel Putnam is honored with a statue in Hartford’s Bushnell Park. The Putnam statue, practically in the shadow of the state capitol building, was dedicated in 1874. The general is depicted, in uniform, cradling a sword in his left hand. Putnam is holding a three-cornered hat in his right hand. The monument’s […]

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Dave Pelland on May 23rd, 2011

West Hartford honors its Civil War veterans with a simple memorial in the town’s North Cemetery. The Civil War monument, near the cemetery’s central driveway, resembles a large-scale version of the traditional Union veteran headstone shape. (In contrast to the rounded top seen on Union headstones, Confederate stones usually have a pointed top.) The West […]

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Dave Pelland on May 20th, 2011

Samuel Colt is honored with a memorial statue in a park on the grounds of his former estate. The Samuel Colt monument, near the Wethersfield Avenue entrance to Colt Park, was commissioned by Colt’s wife Elizabeth and dedicated in 1906 to honor the industrialist. The monument depicts Colt at two stages in his life. The […]

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Dave Pelland on May 18th, 2011

Hartford’s Keney Memorial Clock Tower and the small park surrounding it were donated by the Keney brothers in the late 19th century to honor their mother. The tower, 130 feet tall, stands near the intersection of Albany Avenue with Main and Ely streets. The tower was dedicated in 1898 to honor Rebecca Turner Keney, the […]

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Dave Pelland on May 16th, 2011

The service of the 14th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, at Gettysburg is honored with several monuments on the battlefield. The most prominent of the monuments honoring the regiment stands on Hancock Avenue, not far from the Angle, and marks the position from which the 14th helped repel Pickett’s Charge on the climactic third day of […]

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Dave Pelland on May 13th, 2011

The service of the 2nd Connecticut Light Artillery at Gettysburg is honored with a monument on Hancock Avenue. The monument, dedicated on July 3, 1888, marks the regiment’s position near the left end of the Union line during the Confederate charge toward Cemetery Ridge that ended the battle on July 3, 1863. The monument’s east […]

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Dave Pelland on May 11th, 2011

Connecticut native and Sixth Corps commander Maj. General John Sedgwick is honored with an equestrian monument at Gettysburg. The monument to Sedgwick, born in Cornwall Hollow, is on Gettysburg’s Sedgwick Avenue, just north of the intersection with Wheatfield Road. The monument, dedicated in 1913, depicts Sedgwick (and his horse) looking west toward the battlefield. A […]

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Dave Pelland on May 9th, 2011

The 27th Connecticut Regiment is honored with a collection of monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield. Perhaps the regiment’s most prominent monument marks the spot where the unit’s commander, Lt. Col Henry Merwin, was killed during heavy fighting in Rose’s Wheatfield. The monument, a granite obelisk topped with an eagle, was dedicated in October of 1885. […]

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Dave Pelland on May 6th, 2011

The monument honoring the 20th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s  service during the Battle of Gettysburg stands near the southern end of Culp’s Hill. The monument, dedicated in 1885, was placed on the regiment’s battle line during the mornings of the battle’s second and third day. The monument was oriented east to face the woods toward […]

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