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Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mercer County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

 
 
Front of Monument facing Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
1. Front of Monument facing Park Entrance
On the base are two bronze Civil War figures, a Soldier and a Sailor. The Soldier is standing erect, with his gun resting vertically before him, his hands clasped around the barrel. The Sailor rests his proper right leg upon a coil of heavy rope, holding a telescope in his crossed arms.
Inscription. (Front):
Mercer County to her sons
who served in the United States
Army and Navy
1861-1866.
Dedicated June 19, 1903

(Soldier’s Side):
Liberty and Union
One Flag
One Land
One Nation Evermore

(Back): Erected as a tribute to Loyalty, Patriotism and Valor

(Sailor’s Side):
Dulce et Decorum
Est
Pro Patria Mori
On fame’s eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

 
Erected 1903.
 
Location. 40° 14.216′ N, 74° 47.29′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on Drive through Cadwalader Park, on the left. Click for map. This marker is inside Cadwalader Park near the main entrance from Parkside Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08618, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Back and Soldier's Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
2. Back and Soldier's Side of Monument
flies. Briar Patch (within shouting distance of this marker); The Swamp Angel (within shouting distance of this marker); Cadwalader Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Ellarslie (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John A. Roebling (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hermitage (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dorothea Dix (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Emlen House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. Etched in the granite around the perimeter of the base are battles where New Jersey units fought.
(East side): GETTYSBURG--APPOMATTOX
(West side): CHATTANOOGA--NASHVILLE
(North side): ANTIETAM--ATLANTA
(South side): NEW ORLEANS--MOBILE

Also, above the base on the column, carved into the column are the leaders, Farragut, Lincoln, and Grant.

Erected by the Mercer County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Association and funded by public subscriptions, for a total cost at the time of approximately $15,000. Charles P. Owen was the sculptor of the three bronze
Back and Sailor's Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
3. Back and Sailor's Side of Monument
figures; Alfred R. Baxter, President of Alex. McDonald Company, was the architect and builder.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The soldier statue at the base of this monument is also featured on these monuments.
 
Also see . . .  The Bivouac of the Dead. The short verse on the Sailor's side of the monument is from the poem The Bivouac of the Dead, by Theodore O'Hara. The poem has long been associated with national cemeteries throughout the country.

Also on the sailor's side of the statue is the Latin phrase Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori which is a line from the Roman lyrical poet Horace's Odes. The line roughly translates to: "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country." (Submitted on December 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Frank Palmer Price
Frank Palmer Price, from Trenton, NJ, modeled for the soldier on the statue. Frank P. Price served two tours during the Spanish-American War in the Fife, Drum and
View of the entire Monument image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, December 2007
4. View of the entire Monument
The column features a capital of unfurling acanthus leaves, eagles and shields bearing the stars and stripes, supporting a single bronze figure of a Civil War Color Guard. He embraces the American flag in his left hand and reaches for the hilt of his sword with his right. Total heighth is approximately 50 feet.
Bugle Corps. They made many molds of him and sold them around the country to towns for memorial parks. He is in Lambertville, NJ on a statue in Mary Sheridan Park; Flemington, NJ; Marathon, NY; California, etc.

I am his great-granddaughter and I have his fife and bugle and other memorabilia. His silver fife was played by a relative in the Civil War, both names are inscribed on the fife with the dates.

The recent photo does not show the four cannons that circled the monument. I believe the whereabouts of three are known.

Editor's Note: Thank you for sharing a piece of your family's history related to this marker. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 19, 2010.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Mercer County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument image. Click for full size.
By A.L. Opdyke of Trenton, New Jersey, 1912
5. Mercer County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
5x7 inch glass negative is in the collection of Richard Burton, flickr user rich701, and reproduced here by kind permission.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   5. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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