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

Defenders' Monument

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Photographed By Dave Pelland, January 26, 2009
1. Defenders' Monument
Inscription.  Here July 5, 1779 citizens of New Haven with cannon prevented an invading British Army from crossing West River and thereby saved the town from destruction
Erected 1910 by Defenders' Monument Association.
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1939.
Location. 41° 17.862′ N, 72° 56.814′ W. Marker is in New Haven, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Davenport Avenue, in the median on Columbus Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Haven CT 06519, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldiers' Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Knight Hospital Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Allingtown World War I Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Adjutant William Campbell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Corporal Timothy Francis Ahearn (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cornelius S. Bushnell Memorial
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Photographed By Dave Pelland, January 26, 2009
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(approx. one mile away); Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); VFW Post 1684 Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Haven.
More about this monument. Sculptor James E. Kelly also created the statues of John Buford in Gettysburg, George Washington at New York’s Federal Hall, the Monmouth Battle Monument in New Jersey and others.
Regarding Defenders' Monument. The Defenders Monument commemorates the successful defense of the West River made by the citizens at the time of the British invasion of New Haven in 1779.
Also see . . .  Defenders’ Monument, New Haven. (Submitted on March 28, 2009.)
Additional commentary.
1. Defenders' Monument Association
A Defenders' Monument Association has been formed, under the auspices of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, for the purpose of erecting a suitable memorial where the cannon were placed to command West Bridge and the most important resistance was made. The Memorial group selected is typical of those who took part in the defense as regards age and social condition. One represents the citizen soldier, a merchant of local aristocracy in half Continental uniform; one, a well-to-do farmer, the other, a young student at Yale, and all in heroic size. The group is spirited and artistic.
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Photographed By Dave Pelland, January 26, 2009
3. Defenders' Monument
When completed it will be the most notable and impressive Revolutionary memorial erected in our State.

The actors on the scene we have contemplated have gone, but the spirit that animated them to battle for their liberties and their homes is the same that has inspired men to heroic deeds since the dawn of civilization. The members of this Society especially represent the heroes of that period of our country's history.

As England cherishes the fame of her Wellington and Waterloo, France her Napoleon and his conquests, as Germany reveres Frederick the Great, at rest at Sans Souci, and America her Washington, Bunker Hill and Yorktown, so along similar lines may we not most justly honor these men of lesser fame, who in their time, by their valor and their deeds as occasion offered, contributed their share to the grand result, American Liberty and American Prosperity.

Source: Sons of the American Revolution. General David Humphreys Branch, published in 1911 in New Haven, Conn. by the General David Humphreys branch, no. 1, Connecticut society, Sons of the American Revolution
    — Submitted March 28, 2009.
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circa 1920
4. The Defenders Monument, New Haven, Conn.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2009, by Dave Pelland of Milford, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,863 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 3, 2009, by Dave Pelland of Milford, Connecticut.   2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2009, by Dave Pelland of Milford, Connecticut.   4. submitted on October 23, 2015. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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