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Sutton in Clay County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Soldier's Monument

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
1. The Soldier's Monument Marker
Inscription. On March 27, 1879, George G. Meade Post 19, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Nebraska, was founded in Sutton by twenty former Union soldiers. The G.A.R. was a national fraternal organization created to provide for the welfare of Union veterans of the Civil War, their widows and orphans, and to keep alive memories of wartime sacrifices. The G.A.R. held annual encampments and reunions, organized Memorial Day ceremonies, and was active in politics.

By 1890, 448 Union veterans lived in Clay County. In 1894 the Union Soldiers' Monument and Memorial Association of Sutton was formed to erect a monument to veterans. The association petitioned the government for surplus cannon and received two 24-pounder flank howitzers cast by Cyrus Alger and Company of Boston in 1863.

The howitzers arrived from Fort Montgomery, N.Y., in 1900. In 1909, a granite base was laid that included the names of area Civil War veterans, but the monument was never finished. In 2001 a bronze statue of a Civil War soldier, commissioned and paid for by community members, completed the monument.
 
Erected by Civil War Memorial Completion Committee and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 422.)
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
2. The Soldier's Monument Marker
Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 36.599′ N, 97° 51.563′ W. Marker is in Sutton, Nebraska, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of North Saunders Avenue and East Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north on North Saunders Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sutton NE 68979, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Sutton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Soldier's Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
3. The Soldier's Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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