Abingdon Square Doughboy
Abingdon Square Park
The derivation of the term doughboy remains in question. It was first used by the British in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to describe soldiers and sailors. In the United States the nickname was coined during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), and was widely popularized during World War I (1914-1918) to refer to infantrymen. After the war, in which Americans saw combat in 1917-18, numerous communities commissioned doughboy statues to honor the local war heroes. The Abingdon Square Doughboy is one of eight such statues erected in New York City's parks.
The monument was a gift of the Jefferson Democratic Club, whose headquarters
In 2004, during the redesign and
renovation of the park, the monument
was relocated to face the southern
entryway, improving its visibility and
illumination. It remains a focal point
of Abingdon Square and a symbol of
sacrifice and community pride.
Erected by NYC Parks.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, World I.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Beatrice Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 82 Jane Street (about 600 feet away); Cpl. John A. Seravalli Memorial Playground (about 600 feet away); James Baldwin (about 800 feet away); Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground (about 800 feet away); The Davisson-Germer Experiment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westbeth Artists’ Housing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The marker is located within the park, amongst some of the benches on the Hudson Street side of the park.
Also see . . .
1. Abingdon Square Doughboy. Official NYCP&R description. (Submitted on March 1, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. The Defender of the Flag - Abingdon Square. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on March 1, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 4. submitted on June 11, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 5. submitted on June 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.