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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Elmira, New York

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Elmira is the county seat for Chemung County
Elmira is in Chemung County
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      Schuyler County (30)  
      Steuben County (97)  
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1New York (Chemung County), Elmira — 107th New York Volunteers1861-1865
(Front):107 N.Y. Vols. Antietam Chancellorsville Gettysburg Resaca New Hope Church 1861-1865 (Left Side):Pine Knob Culp's Farm Kenesaw Mountain Peach Tree Creek Siege of Atlanta (Right Side):Sherman's March Siege of . . . Map (db m32322) HM
2New York (Chemung County), Elmira — 1776-1796
In memory of the more than 170 soldiers of the American Revolution known to be buried in Chemung County, and of their pioneer wives and families.Map (db m90174) HM
3New York (Chemung County), Elmira — 378 West Church StreetCirca 1898
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m154295) HM
4New York (Chemung County), Elmira — A Brief History of the Elmira Popcorn Truck
Frank Romero, the man who made "the best popcorn in town," died at the age of 89, at the Veterans Medical Center, Bath, New York. A native of Molochio, Italy, he came to this country in 1912 at the age of 17. He served in the military during . . . Map (db m90227) HM
5New York (Chemung County), Elmira — A Civil Rights VictoryThe CCC At Newtown
Newtown Battlefield Preservation has a special place in the history of African Americans' struggle for equality in the United States. When 180 young African-American men of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 1251 arrived to work on . . . Map (db m90317) HM
6New York (Chemung County), Elmira — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . Map (db m90119) HM
7New York (Chemung County), Elmira — A.M.E. Zion Church
Founded in 1840 stood 300 feet west of here played a role in the underground railroad & was a center of Elmira's African-American Community Map (db m66950) HM
8New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Address by President LincolnAt the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery — November 19, 1863 —
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.           Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that . . . Map (db m114217) HM
9New York (Chemung County), Elmira — AFL-CIO Veterans Monument
In tribute to the honorable men and women who gallantly serve our country as we strive to preserve freedom throughout the world and establish a just and lasting peace.Map (db m90224) WM
10New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Augustus W. Cowles
. . . Map (db m90185) HM
11New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Chemung Canal
The Chemung Canal 1833-1878 here joined the Chemung River, extending northward linking the river to the Erie Canal via Seneca Lake.Map (db m32306) HM
12New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Chemung County Korea and Vietnam Monument
Dedicated to those men and women who served their country in Korea and Vietnam to those who gave their lives our everlasting love peace. Korea 1950-1955 Vietnam 1961-1975Map (db m90229) WM
13New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Chemung County World War I Monument
1914-1918 "What Mean These Stones?" In honor of the heroes of Chemung County who served in the World War and in memory of these who gave their lives.Map (db m90246) WM
14New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Chemung County World War II Monument
Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of the men and women who served our country in World War IIMap (db m90217) WM
15New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Citizens Cascade
Created to honor the people of Elmira for their spirit and determination to restore and beautify the Queen City after the devastating flood of July 23, 1972. "This is out home town and nothing under God will take it from us." Dedicated by . . . Map (db m90170) HM
16New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Civil War Monument
Dedicated to the soldiers who trained at Camp Rathbun May 1861 - 1864 and the Confederate prisoners of war incarcerated at Camp Chemung July 1864 - July 1865 Flagstaff located inside main entrance to the camp N.W. corner of property at 722 Winsor . . . Map (db m32244) HM
17New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Col. John Hendy(1757-1840)
Revolutionary War Veteran Built first house in Elmira 300 ft. south toward river c. 1788Map (db m107566) HM
18New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Colonel John Hendy
Erected by his fellow citizens to the memory of a Revolutionary officer, a brave soldier, a faithful citizen, and an honest man who died Mar. 15, 1840 Ag'd 82 y'rs, 6 mos, 12 dy's He was one of the oldest settlers and the first white man . . . Map (db m154284) HM WM
19New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Confederate BurialsWoodlawn National Cemetery
Between July 1864 and August 1865, 2973 Confederate soldiers were buried here with kindness and respect, by John W. Jones, a runaway slave. They have remained in these hallowed grounds of Woodlawn National Cemetery by family choice because of the . . . Map (db m32239) HM
20New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Confederate Burials in the National Cemetery
Elmira Prison Camp Overcrowding at the military prison at Point Lookout, Maryland, led the U.S. Army to establish Elmira Military Prison in May 1864. Elmira, New York, initially a rendezvous point for enlisting Union soldiers, had barracks, . . . Map (db m90076) HM
21New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Confederate Soldiers MemorialElmira New York
In Memory of The Confederate Soldiers in the War Between the States who died in Elmira Prison and lie buried here erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy November 6, 1937Map (db m32179) HM
22New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Crystal Eastman
1881-1928, fought for safer conditions in American mills, for worker's compensation laws and led women's peace party in N.Y.Map (db m90209) HM WM
23New York (Chemung County), Elmira — DewittsburghNewton Point
Dewittsburgh Newton Point Boundary about 1790 Village named after Moses DeWittMap (db m41573) HM
24New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Divided Peoples
The Revolutionary War divided communities and shattered ancient alliances. Along New York's frontier, simmering rivalries among settlers of European descent boiled over with threats and violent clashes. Many who remained loyal to King George III . . . Map (db m33553) HM
25New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Earliest Methodist Preaching
The first Methodist sermon in this area was given near this site at Lough’s Tavern, Newton Village, by Rev. William Colbert, Dec. 16 1792. Text Mathew 5:6 "Blessed are They That Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness." This Circuit rider dressed in . . . Map (db m41576) HM
26New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Eldridge Park
Dr. Edwin Eldridge opened his park in 1879. Called the beauty spot of the southern tier for its gardens. Elmira bought the park in 1889.Map (db m77928) HM
27New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Elmira
In 1808, "Newtown" was officially renamed "Elmira" after the daughter of Nathan Teall, tavern owner & prominent local citizen.Map (db m32321) HM
28New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Elmira College
Founded 1855 First Woman’s college in United States to grant degrees of full academic standing equal to those given men State Education Department 1954Map (db m123538) HM
29New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Elmira Gateway
The Gateway feature, inspired by local architectural landmarks, history, and the natural environment, employs locally-sourced bluestone boulders to represent the iconic flat-top hills that surround the city of Elmira. The boulders are carefully . . . Map (db m197200) HM
30New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Elmira Prison Camp 1864 - 1865
This was the site of Elmira Prison Camp, established in 1864 to hold Confederate prisoners of the Civil War. When the war started in 1861, it was Barracks No. 3 of the Upstate Draft Rendezvous where Union soldiers were housed and trained. It was . . . Map (db m32303) HM
31New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Elmira Prison Camp 1864-65Civil War
12,123 Confederate soldiers were held on 30 acres from here, east ¼ mile and south to the Chemung RiverMap (db m31365) HM
32New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Ernie Davis1939-1963 — 1961 Heisman Trophy Winner —
1961 Heisman Trophy Winner A football player…a student a friend…a hero He lived with integrity and died with courage. This statue given by his admirer as an inspiration to the youth of tomorrow. In memory of a life full of . . . Map (db m90261) HM
33New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Fire on the Frontier - 1778
In 1778, the British government encouraged loyal colonists and Native American allies to attack frontier settlements. In July, Major John Butler led an attack on the Wyoming Valley, leaving more than 300 patriot soldiers dead, and by Butler's . . . Map (db m33548) HM
34New York (Chemung County), Elmira — First Settler
Christian Myneer built First Log Cabin 1787 and First Frame House and planted first orchard in Town of Big FlatsMap (db m107564) HM
35New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Flagstaffs - Newtown Battlefield
Dedicated to those of the Iroquois Indians, the British Army and the Continental Army who died at the Battle of Newtown August 29, 1779 Dedicated August 28, 1994Map (db m33542) HM
36New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Gillett Memorial Hall
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m143193) HM
37New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Harris HillNational Landmark of Soaring
The Chemung Valley's pioneering soaring sites (*) of the early 1930's faced most of the area's prevailing winds. Take-off locations were selected daily to face the predicted winds. Gliders were launched by bungee cord into the wind so pilots could . . . Map (db m156409) HM
38New York (Chemung County), Elmira — John W. Jones
c. 1817 - 1900 escaped slave stationmaster Underground Railroad. Guided 860 to freedom. Buried 2973 CSA soldiers at Woodlawn National Cemetery with dignity.Map (db m195322) HM
39New York (Chemung County), Elmira — John W. Jones Museum
John W. Jones (1817-1900) was the courageous stationmaster of the Underground Railroad in Elmira. Escaping from slavery in Virginia, he made the dangerous 300-mile journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad and arrived in Elmira in 1844. Working . . . Map (db m90202) HM
40New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Knoll Cemetery
Revolutionary War veterans & their families, including casualties of the Battle of Newtown, August 29, 1779.Map (db m43926) HM
41New York (Chemung County), Elmira — KopernikWstrzymał Słońce - Wzruszył Ziemię — Stopped the Sun - Moved the Earth —
Mikolaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus) Born in Torun, Poland February 19, 1473 Died in Frombork May 24, 1543 As founder of modern astronomy, Kopernik transformed Man's concept of the Universe and initiated the Scientific Revolution. . . . Map (db m90206) HM
42New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Major General John Sullivan
1779 - 1929 in memoriam Major General John Sullivan commander-in-chief and the officers and men of the New Hampshire Brigade who participated in the memorable "Sullivan Campaign" against the Six Nations of Indians Erected by The State of New . . . Map (db m33543) HM
43New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Mark Twain
Samuel Clemens Dies in Redding, Connecticut On Thursday, April 21, 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens died at his home, Stormfield, in Redding, Connecticut. Beside him on his bed lay a beloved book -- Carlyle's The French Revolution: A . . . Map (db m90181) HM
44New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Mark Twain in Elmira
How did Samuel Clemens arrive in Elmira, NY? Thirty-two-year-old Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) first saw the image of Elmira's Olivia Langdon while traveling on the Quaker City Steamer — a cruise ship charted to visit Europe and the . . . Map (db m118738) HM
45New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Mark Twain Study
Built on East Hill 1874
Given to Elmira College in 1952. He wrote "Tom Sawyer", other novels in the study when summering in ElmiraMap (db m43942) HM
46New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Mark Twain Watering Trough
One of four originally located beside the road to Quarry Farm. Moved to the college campus during the bicentennial year, 1976Map (db m123535) HM
47New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Medal of Honor Monument
[Front]: John Denny Sergeant, United States Army Company B, 9th U.S. Cavalry Awarded the Medal of Honor at Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico 18 September 1879 Born 1846 Big Flats, New York Citation Removed a wounded comrade . . . Map (db m90251) HM
48New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Military Route
Military route of the Sullivan-Clinton Army on its campaign against the British and Indians of Western New York in 1779.Map (db m90376) HM
49New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Newtown
So named by General Sullivan
occupied by British and Indians
Destroyed by General Sullivan, August 30, 1779Map (db m43931) HM
50New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Newtown Battlefield ReservationA Remarkable History
In 1879, a crowd of thousands celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Newtown and dedicated a monument built by the Newtown Monument Association atop the hill that figured prominently in accounts of the battle. Soon after, the monument . . . Map (db m33484) HM
51New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Newtown Battlefield State ParkRevolutionary War Heritage Trail
The climactic battle of the Sullivan-Clinton campaign occurred here as approximately 5,000 soldiers defeated a British force of Native Americans, Loyalists, and regulars.Map (db m33545) HM
52New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Old Ferry
Operated from about 1800 to 1824 preceded first bridgeMap (db m77931) HM
53New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Old Second Street Cemetery
1838-1919 here are buried pioneers, and soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and the Union ArmyMap (db m43937) HM
54New York (Chemung County), Elmira — 442 — Pratt House
Abolitionist Jervis Langdon sold house to Daniel R. Pratt in 1862. Once thought destroyed, house was moved here from E. Union St. ca. 1876.Map (db m127996) HM
55New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Pulaski ParkBrigadier General Casimir Pulaski — 1748-1779 —
  • 1748 March 6 Count Pulaski was born in Poland
  • 1768-72 With his father, Count Joseph Pulaski led a Polish rebellion against imperial Russia
  • 1777 Came to America from Paris with Franklin's letter of introduction to General . . . Map (db m90200) HM
  • 56New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Rhodes Farm
    This Landmark stands on land that was part of the Rhodes Farm from which the first Soaring Society of America sponsored National Contest was held in July of 1932 and commemorates the support of soaring by the community over the past 50 years. . . . Map (db m66972) HM
    57New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Ross Gilmore Marvin
    Erected by the citizens of Elmira as a memorial to Ross Gilmore Marvin Student - Teacher - Explorer Born in Elmira, New York January 28, 1880 A member of the Peary Expedition of 1905-06 Scientist to the 1908-09 Peary Polar . . . Map (db m32323) HM
    58New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Shohola Railroad Accident Memorial
    (Federal Side): Erected by the United Statesto the memory of the following soldiers, privates in the Eleventh Veteran Reserve Corps. Comprising the Union guard who were killed with their Confederate prisoners of war in the railroad . . . Map (db m32180) HM
    59New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Spanish War Veterans1898-1902
    Philippine Islands Cuba Porto Rico U.S.A.Map (db m90211) WM
    60New York (Chemung County), Elmira — St. Patricks Apartments1990 — National Register of Historic Places —
    [Title is text]Map (db m197201) HM
    61New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Sullivan's Army Encampment
    Encampment Sullivan's Army on return from expedition against the Indians Sept. 24-29, 1779Map (db m41577) HM
    62New York (Chemung County), Elmira — The Battle of NewtownAugust 29, 1779 — The Major Battle of the Sullivan Campaign —
    To protect the village of Newtown, about 600 Native American warriors, 200 loyalists, and a handful of British soldiers erected and camouflaged a half-mile-long breastwork of logs in the village overlooking a creek, hoping to surprise Sullivan's . . . Map (db m33550) HM
    63New York (Chemung County), Elmira — The Battle of Newtown
    (Front Plaque):Near this site Sunday August 29, 1779 was fought The Battle of Newtown between Continental troops commanded by Major General John Sullivan and combined force of Tories and Indians under Colonel John Butler and Joseph . . . Map (db m33554) HM
    64New York (Chemung County), Elmira — The Plank Road
    Toll Road Commissioned in 1848, ran the entire route of Penn. Ave to State Line. Instrumental in Commercial DevelopmentMap (db m107560) HM
    65New York (Chemung County), Elmira — The Sullivan CampaignJuly 31 to October 15, 1779 — One of the Revolutionary War's Largest Campaigns —
    Congress and General George Washington planned a major offensive campaign against the Seneca, Cayuga, and loyalists in 1779. Washington chose Major General John Sullivan to lead the expedition up the Susquehanna River, while Brigadier General . . . Map (db m33547) HM
    66New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Tompkins Hall
    has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior ———————— [Dedication] Sarah·Wey·Tompkins·Hall In memory of . . . Map (db m154372) HM
    67New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Underground Railroad Participants
    [Locator map of Woodlawn Cemetery] 20. Elizabeth Adams, (Leer Green) - Sec. P. (free ground) 4. John Arnot, Sr. - Sec. H (vault) • • • 3. Olivia Lewis Langdon - Sec. G Lot 37 12. Harwood Badger - Sec. D. Lot 73 • • • 21. Anderson Murphy - Sec. . . . Map (db m154366) HM
    68New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Upon This Spot Stood The Original Flagstaff
    Upon this spot stood the original flagstaff at the entrance of Camp Rathbun 1861-Spring 1864 and the Elmira Prison Camp known as Camp Chemung July 1864 - July 1865 May 3, 1992Map (db m195371) HM
    69New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Veterans of All Wars
    Memorial Dedicated to veterans of all wars of the United States.Map (db m90179) WM
    70New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Woodlawn Cemetery History
    THE BEGINNING: The development of Elmira's Woodlawn Cemetery was the result of a need for more burial space and an outgrowth of the "rural cemetery movement" which became increasingly popular after 1830. Elmira's earliest known burial ground . . . Map (db m154291) HM
    71New York (Chemung County), Elmira — Woodlawn National Cemetery
    Elmira Military Depot On April 15, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for volunteers to put down the Confederate rebellion. Three days later, New York Gov. Edwin G. Morgan appealed for 13,280 troops to fill the state's quota of . . . Map (db m90151) HM
    72New York (Chemung County), Elmira — World War II Glider Training at Harris Hill
    On this site in May 1941 the first Air Corps Pilot Officers reported for Glider Training. The six officers were lead by Major Fred R. Dent, Jr. who later was to direct the development and procurement of military gliders. The Elmira Area Soaring . . . Map (db m66973) HM
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