Civil War Monument-Fountain - Ashfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 31.310 W 072° 47.976
18T E 680739 N 4710063
Quick Description: Ashfield's first Civil War monument is located in the Center Hill Cemetery in Ashfield, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/5/2013 1:51:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMH854
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:

Ashfield's original Civil War monument was a fountain created by B. F. Dwight and erected in the on Main and Norton Hill Road in the center of Ashfield, MA on September 28, 1867. When a newer Civil War monument was erected in Plain Cemetery in 1917, this monument was moved to its current location in front of Center Hill Cemetery farther south on Norton Hill Road.

The monument is a granite pillar topped by an urn and with small curved basin on all four sides sits on a square block of stone. Water once poured from Dolphin water spouts into each basin. The monument longer functions as a fountain and the basins now functions as planters.

Pink granite plaque are located on each side. Three of the plaques carry inscriptions and one is blank.

The front plaque is inscribed:

TO THE
EVERLASTING
MEMORY
OF THE
SONS OF ASHFIELD
WHO DIED FOR
THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE WAR OF
NATIONALITY
1861-1865

The east side plaque has the names of eleven soldiers from Ashfield who died during the Civil War:

E. S. WILLIAMS
E. P. TAYLOR
R. W. TAYLOR
M. F. WARREN
R. B. SMITH
E. F. HALE
CASPAR LILLY
LEWIS ELDREDGE
JOEL WING
SYLVESTER HOWES
LAFAYETTE F. EDDY

The rear plaque contains the date:

1867

Date Installed or Dedicated: 9/28/1867

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

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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