Civil War Monument, Wenham, Massachusetts
Posted by: bctrail
N 42° 36.275 W 070° 53.242
19T E 345178 N 4718632
Quick Description: A monument to the soldiers and sailors from Wenham who died in the "War of the Rebellion", erected by the town in 1878.The soldier at the top was sculpted by Martin Milmore.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 12:23:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM6W3F
This monument is located in the center of town: directly on the west side of Main Street (Route 1A), nearly in front of the church, directly across the street from the town hall, and near the corner of Arbor street.
The inscription on the front reads:
SOLDIERS & SAILORS
IN THE WAR OF THE
And below this:ERECTED 1878
There are two panels on the sides of the monument engraved with the names of 27 men who died. Today, Wenham is considered to be a small town (population-wise). In the 1860's, it must have been a lot smaller. It is hard to imagine the impact of the loss of so many young men at that time.
The figure at the top, a soldier at parade rest, is sculpted in granite. The artist was Martin Milmore [1844-1883], of Boston. It appears he made one such sculpture, done in bronze, and erected in Roxbury (now part of Boston) in 1867. That sculpture has been replicated in many memorials throughout the northern states. This monument was erected five years before Milmore's death.
Date Installed or Dedicated: 07/01/1878
Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Town of Wenham
Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union
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Related Website: Not listed
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