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Battle Monument

 
 
Battle Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
1. Battle Monument Marker
Inscription.
In memory
of the
Officers and Men
of the
Regular Army of the United States
who fell in battle during the
War of the Rebellion.
This monument is erected by their
surviving comrades.

 
Erected 1897 by Surviving verterans of the Civil War.
 
Location. 41° 23.683′ N, 73° 57.41′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Washington Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome To Trophy Point (a few steps from this marker); Major General John Sedgwick (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars that Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Sherburne (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Point Benches (about 300 feet away); Fred E. McAniff & John R. Parker (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
More about this marker.
Battle Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
2. Battle Monument Marker
Monument contains the names of the men of the Regular Army who died in action during the Civil War. The circular pedestal contains the names of officers, while enlisted menís names appear on the surrounding spheres.
 
Also see . . .
1. Selection of articles from the New York Times about the Battle Monument. West Point Association of Graduates website. (Submitted on September 28, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. History of the Battle Monument. Google Books scan of an 1898 history of the monument. The history lists the names inscribed on the monument. (Submitted on September 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Battle Monument at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
3. Battle Monument at West Point
The monument includes a 46 foot tall shaft of polished pink Milford granite in a cylindrical pedestal.
Listing of Officers on the Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. Listing of Officers on the Battle Monument
The panels at the base of the shaft contains the names of the officers who died in the Civil War.
Enlisted Men of the Civil War image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
5. Enlisted Men of the Civil War
Enlisted men who died in the war are listed on the spheres that surround the Battle Monument.
Cannon at the Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
6. Cannon at the Battle Monument
Civil War cannon encircle the base of the monument, each bearing the name of a major battle on the barrels. These two honor the battles of the Wilderness and Fort Donelson.
Gen. Sedgwick Looks On image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
7. Gen. Sedgwick Looks On
A statue of Major General John Sedgwick, whose name appears on the monument, can be seen across the street. Gen. Sedgwick was the highest ranking Union soldier killed during the Civil War.
Battle Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
8. Battle Monument Marker
Monument at Trophy Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
9. Monument at Trophy Point
Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2009
10. Battle Monument
The Battle Monument contains the names of 2,230 officers and enlisted men of the regular army who were killed or died of wounds received in battle during the Civil War. It was dedicated on May 31, 1897.
"Lady Fame" image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
11. "Lady Fame"
The figure at the top of the monument, called "Lady Fame" or "Victory," was sculpted by Frederick MacMonnies.
U.S. Military Battle Monument image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Publishing Company, circa 1901
12. U.S. Military Battle Monument
Image courtesy of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
 
 
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