War To Preserve The Union Plaque - West Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 05.941 W 072° 35.699
18T E 698874 N 4663569
Quick Description: Civil War plaque specifically mentions the men of the 10th, 27th, 31st, 34th, 37th, 46th, and 52nd, Regiments from Hampden County.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2011 7:59:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMBY0K
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Memorial Bridge itself was dedicated as a memorial to "those who had died as pioneers, and soldiers in the Revolutionary, Civil and Foreign Wars". There are four columns on the Memorial Bridge each carries a plaque. This plaque is on the south and west side of the bridge.

On the south pedestrian walkway of the Memorial Bridge there is a plaque honoring the all those who participated in the Civil War.

The plaque is inscribed:

WAR TO PRESERVE THE UNION

Commemorative of the part
Hampden County had in winning the Civil War,
1861 to 1865 which strengthened the foundations
and kept inviolate the integrity of the nation.
"True faith and allegiance her soldiers love.
As old men in town meetings, women in helpful
work, serving the government."

In the 10th, 27th, 31st, 34th, 37th,
46th, 52nd, Regiments men of this County were
officers and privates and in other organizations
of army and navy served honorably.

Freighted with pain were the
years from Sumpter to Appomattox, and leaden
footed. War turns its saddest face on civil
conflict. Terrible the travail of the Nation's
"new birth of freedom" Great Lincoln saw tears
came with peace when "The Emancipator was
murdered and the ages claimed him.

Slow was the resurrection
of good feeling between the sections which
Grant invited to the terms of surrender and
longed for in his last hours on Mount McGregor.
But reconciliation grew with the years until
the full flowering of the ancient fellowship
was reached when men of the North and South fought
side by side in Cuba, and in later years were
comrades in service Across the Seas.

Quaint grows the Union Uniform
seen on memorials that dot the village greens
but immortal is the Spirit of those who wore it.
Date Installed or Dedicated: 8/3/1922

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Hampden County Commissioners

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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