The Soldiers' Monument - Williamstown, MA
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N 42° 42.721 W 073° 12.105
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Quick Description: The Soldiers' Monument is located on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/6/2013 9:46:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMH1E5
The Soldiers' Monument at Williams College features a 96' x 55' x 55' bronze statue of a Civil war soldier standing at parade rest on a 104' by 84' by 84' octagonal granite base. The monument cost between $9,000 and $10,000 and was commissioned by the Society of Alumni of Williams College to commemorate Williams College students who died in the Civil War.
The figure was sculpted by James Goodwin Batterson and designed by Joseph R. Richards. Cram and Ferguson was the architectural firm for the placement. The statue was cast at the Ames Manufacturing Company Foundry of Chicopee, MA. the contractor was the Sawyer Construction Company and the base was fabricated at the New England Granite Works.
A moustached Union Army soldier is wearing a long coat, cape and cap while standing at parade rest. He is holding the muzzle of a rifle with both hands, left over right. His head is tilted slightly to his left.
The monument was dedicated on July 28, 1868. Around 1926, the sculpture was removed from its original base, which was destroyed. The present base was designed by Cram and Ferguson, and the monument was reinstalled by the Sawyer Construction Company in 1928.
The front of the base is simply inscribed: