Modesto in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Grand Army of the Republic
1879 – 1938
In 1907 Col. James Thompson and James Needham obtained two cannons from the U.S. Government Armory at Benicia. The twenty-four pounder coastal guns were cast in 1844 at the West Point Foundry of New York and shipped to California during the Civil War.
The cannons were placed here and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1907. In 1924 American Legion Post #74 replaced the original wooden cenotaph with the present day obelisk.
The cannons, obelisk, and grounds have been restored by the Stanislaus Civil War Association and with great pride are rededicated to honor and remember all veterans.
Memorial Day, May 30, 2007
Estanislao Historical Foundation
E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2007 by Estanislao Historical Foundation, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker and Memorial Plot are located at the Modesto Pioneer Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 Scenic Drive, Modesto CA 95350, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Modesto Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew McGinnes (within shouting distance of this marker); Silent City (within shouting distance of this marker); The McHenry Mansion (approx. ¾ mile away); The Paper Boy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat (approx. one mile away); The Guns Are Silent (approx. one mile away); Modesto War Memorial (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Modesto.
Also see . . . The Grand Army of the Republic. A patriotic society of Union Army veterans founded in 1866 to strengthen the fraternal spirit, to perpetuate the memory, and to assist needy Civil War veterans and their families. In Modesto, Grand Post #9, GAR, received its charter on July 9, 1879, and proud members later marched in parades, arranged military funerals, and honored veterans with a permanent memorial located in the local cemetery.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil •
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