Modesto in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Grand Army of the Republic
1879 – 1938
In 1907 Col. James Thompson and James Needham obtained two cannons from the U.S. Government Armory at Benicia. The twenty-four pounder coastal guns were cast in 1844 at the West Point Foundry of New York and shipped to California during the Civil War.
The cannons were placed here and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1907. In 1924 American Legion Post #74 replaced the original wooden cenotaph with the present day obelisk.
The cannons, obelisk, and grounds have been restored by the Stanislaus Civil War Association and with great pride are rededicated to honor and remember all veterans.
Memorial Day, May 30, 2007
Estanislao Historical Foundation
E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2007 by Estanislao
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1850.
Location. 37° 38.879′ N, 120° 58.925′ W. Marker is in Modesto, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from Scenic Drive. Marker and Memorial Plot are located at the Modesto Pioneer Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 Scenic Drive, Modesto CA 95350, 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. Modesto Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew McGinnes (within shouting distance of this marker); Silent City (within shouting distance of this marker); The McHenry Mansion (approx. ¾ mile away); The Paper Boy (approx. ¾ mile away); Modesto – Stanislaus County Seat (approx. one mile away); Modesto War Memorial (approx. one mile away); The Guns Are Silent (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Modesto.
Regarding Grand Army of the Republic. The Grand Army of the Republic was a patriotic society of Union Army veterans founded in 1866 to strengthen the fraternal spirit, to perpetuate the memory, and to assist needy Civil
Also see . . . Grand Army of the Republic. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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