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Waterbury in New Haven County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Waterbury Soldiers’ Monument

 
 
Waterbury Soldiers' Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
1. Waterbury Soldiers' Monument
Inscription. South Side
In honor of the patriotism and to perpetuate the memory of the 900 brave men who went forth from this town to fight in the war fot the union.
This monument has been erected by their townsmen that all who come after them may be mindful of their deeds, and fail not in the day of trial to emulate their example.
1861-1865

North Side
Brave men, who rallying at your country's call,
Went forth to fight - if Heaven willed, to fall!
Returned, ye walk with us through sunnier years,
And hear your nation say, God bless you all!
Brave men, who yet a heavier burden bore.
And came not home to hearts by grief made sore!
They call you dead and lo ye grandly live.
Shrined in the nation's love forevermore!
1865-1885
 
Erected 1884.
 
Location. 41° 33.42′ N, 73° 2.609′ W. Marker is in Waterbury, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Church Street, on the left when traveling east on West Main Street. Click for map. Located at the west end of the Waterbury Green. Marker is in this post office area: Waterbury CT 06702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
Inscription on the South side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
2. Inscription on the South side
(a few steps from this marker); St. James Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterbury Veteranís Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); POW / MIA Soldiers from Waterbury (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enoch Hibbard House (about 500 feet away); UNICO National (about 700 feet away); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (about 700 feet away); John Prince Elton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waterbury.
 
Regarding Waterbury Soldiers' Monument. The poem was written by Dr. Joseph Anderson of Waterbury history fame, and is included in the Library of American Literature.

Sculpted by former Waterbury resident George C. Bissell as a tribute to the whole Civil War experience, the 48-foot (15 m)-high bronze Soldiers' Monument on the west end of The Green was cast in Paris and cost $25,000. It was dedicated October 23, 1884.

Waterbury, CT is known as "Brass City". Virtually every Union Soldier, and most Confederates, had a buckle, buttons or some other brass piece
Poem on the North Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
3. Poem on the North Side
made in Waterbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the soldiers' monument in Waterbury, Conn. By Joseph Anderson for the Waterbury Soldiers' Monument Committee (Waterbury, Conn.) in 1886. (Submitted on September 8, 2009.) 

2. George Edwin Bissell. Wikipedia entry for sculptor George Edwin Bissell (Submitted on August 10, 2010, by Adam Brown of Edinburgh, Scotland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. cast in Paris ?
Very interesting monument !
Anybody can tell me the origin of this bronze monument ?

You say : cast in Paris ? What name is written on the base of the statues ?

Thanks

www.fontesdart.org : a data base of french cast iron statues in the world...

Editor's Note: See page 41 at the first link above, quote, "The work of modelling the figures had meanwhile been going on, and they were cast (in bronze) in Paris, between September, 1883, and August, 1884, — the "Emancipation" group at the foundry of F. Barbedienne, and the other figures, the lamp-posts and the reliefs, at the establishment of J. Gruet, Jr."
    — Submitted September 8, 2009, by Dominique Perchet of Paris, France.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The statue on top of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
4. The statue on top of the Monument
South Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
5. South Side
North Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 2, 2009
6. North Side
West Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
7. West Side
West Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
8. West Side
The sculptured panel depicts Union troops on the left advancing toward Confederate soldiers on the right.
East Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
9. East Side
East Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, June 4, 2009
10. East Side
The sculptured panel depicts the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac. Inscription: Hampton Roads March 9, 1862
<i>Soldiers' Monument, Waterbury, Conn.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
11. Soldiers' Monument, Waterbury, Conn.
 
 
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