Hartford in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Marquis De La Fayette
A true friend of Liberty, who served as a Major General in the Continental Army with “all possible zeal, without any special pay or allowances” until the American colonists secured their freedom, and whose frequent visits to this State, as Aide to Washington, as Liaison Officer with supporting French troops, and in the pursuit of freedom, are gratefully remembered.
This Plaque is dedicated by the Connecticut La Fayette Bicentennial Committee in the Bicentennial Year of the birth of this great Frenchman, September 21, 1957.
Erected 1957 by Connecticut La Fayette Bicentennial Committee.
Location. 41° 45.746′ N, 72° 40.911′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Washington and Lafayette Streets, in the median on Capitol Avenue Click for map. Monument is across the street from the state capitol building. Marker is in this post office area: Hartford CT 06106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confucius (about 400 feet away); Col. Thomas Knowlton (about 600 feet away); Trinity College (about 600 feet away); Joseph Roswell Hawley (about 700 feet away); Andersonville Boy (about 700 feet away); Orville Hitchcock Platt (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hartford.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry for Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. “After Lafayette offered to serve without pay, Congress commissioned him a major general on 31 July 1777. Lafayette’s advocates included the recently arrived American envoy to France, Benjamin Franklin, who by letter urged Congress to accommodate (Submitted on July 30, 2016.)
1. About the Statue
“The sculpture is a replica of the Lafayette sculpture outside the Louvre, in Paris. After completion of the Paris sculpture, the artist, Paul Wayland Hartlett, gave the plaster model to the State of Connecticut, where it was placed in the State Capitol.
There is a small turtle under the horse’s left rear hoof. “The meaning of the turtle is not known, but it reportedly may allude to the lack of speed in which the artist was paid, or the slow progress the artist made toward completion of the work.” The original plaster of the statue was completed in 1907 but it was not cast until 1932.
“The sculpture was originally placed at the intersection of Washington Street and Capitol Avenue, but in 1979 it was moved to facilitate traffic patterns. ” —From the Art Inventories Catalog of the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
— Submitted November 30, 2007.
Additional keywords. Lafayette Harford Revolution Washington
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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