Civil War Memorial - Westfield, MA
Posted by: graylling
N 42° 07.229 W 072° 44.962
18T E 686044 N 4665604
Quick Description: Civil War memorial in Westfield, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/23/2008 10:13:45 AM
Waymark Code: WM4RB7
This memorial sits on a traffic island beside the park in the center of Westfield. It is also right beside the local historical museum. I was visiting the area and saw this statue. It is neat to be able to see the historical sights in an old area such as this. There is a lot of history in the park alone and I would recommend a visit any time.
The money to erect this memorial was raised by the Grand Army of the Republic about 4 years after the close of the war. It was sculpted by Melzar Hunt Mosman, and sent to the Ames Manufacturing Company to be poured. The whole statue stands 18 ft high with the statue itself being made of bronze and standing 8 ft tall. The base is 10 ft tall and made of granite with plaques on the sides that read: WESTFIELD HONORS THE MEMORY OF HER SONS WHO HAVE FALLEN IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY, UNION AND INDEPENDENCE/1861-1865/ERECTED 1871. The front of the statue is a relief of an eagle perched on a shield. The back of the statue has a relief of a fallen soldier.
The sculptor of this statue did many other war memorials including a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Cincinnati, a Spanish American Veterans memorial in Springfield, MA, a Civil war memorial in Saugus, MA and a statue of General Walter Harriman in Warner, NH.
Date Installed or Dedicated: 05/30/1871
Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Melzar Hunt Mosman
Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union
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