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Soldiers Monument - Billerica, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 33.538 W 071° 16.146
19T E 313727 N 4714336
Quick Description: The Soldiers Monument is located on the east end of Town Green between Boston Rd. and Concord Rd. in Billerica MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/24/2018 4:51:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMYB4Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
Views: 2

Long Description:

A 25' high granite monument contains a 6' high figure of a Union soldier standing at parade rest. The soldier is wearing a knee length overcoat with a cape and is holding a musket vertically, with both hands on the barrel with his left hand above his right.

The shaft has two rings with the names of Civil War battles inscribed in raised letters. The upper ring is inscribed:

PETERSBURG - BATON ROUGE - BULL RUN - NEWBERN

and the lower ring is inscribed:

GETTTYSBURG - CEDAR MTN. - CHANCELLORSVILLE - LOOKOUT MTN.

On the front of the monument is a sculpture of an eagle with its wings spread perched a shield.

The front of the monument contains the dedication:

BILLERICA TO HER HEROES,
IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF THAT
STEADFASTNESS OF PURPOSE,
DEVOTION TO PRINCIPLE,
LOYALTY TO COUNTRY,
AND
TRUST IN GOD,
WHICH ENABLED BRAVE MEN TO DIE
FOR LIBERTY AND UNION
1873

1861 - 1865

The north side of the monument contains the following names of soldiers from Billerica who died during the Civil War:

EDWIN W. HUSE
JOHN G. STEWARD
EDWARD A. ADAMS
STEPHEN H. PARKER
WILLIAM S COLLINS
WILLIAM HAYS
CHARLES A. SAUNDERS
POLLARD R. SHUMWAY
FRANKLIN HANNAFORD
DENIS BUCKLEY

The west side of the monument contains the following names of soldiers from Billerica who died during the Civil War:

HIRAM E. DAVIS
HENRY NEWBURY
EDWARD H. PERSONS
CALVIN G. TUTTLE

The south side of the monument contains the following names of soldiers from Billerica who died during the Civil War:

ALBERT E. FARMER
GEORGE E. GILMAN
JAMES SHIELDS
REUBEN J. GILMAN
JAMES T. EDMANDS
ASA JOHN PATTEN
JOSEPH F. RICHARDSON
THOMAS H. MAXWELL
CHARLES N. FLETCHER
WARD LOCKE

Date Installed or Dedicated: 10/8/1873

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Town of Billerica, MA

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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