Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sculptures of Springfield: Civil War Monument

Interesting Places I've Visited
Civil War Monument
Springfield, MA
Topic: Sculptures of Springfield

GPS: N42° 07.309; W072° 33.999
Quick Description: 

The Civil War Monument is located Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, MA.

Long Description:

On a hill top in Oak Grove Cemetery there is an area of grave sites for Civil War veterans. In the middle of these graves there is a Civil War Monument.

A 10' high granite statue, by an unknown artist, depicts a standing moustached Civil War soldier wearing a Union uniform with a waist length jacket and belt. He is holding a flag nearly vertically in his left hand. The flag extends several feet above his head. In his right hand he holds a sword with the blade touching the top of his his right foot.

The granite base is about 15' high and 4' by 4' square. The shaft rests on top of three steps. The top of the shaft is ringed with stars. The lower part of the base has a relief of crossed rifles and a canteen. The highest step has the inscription:

1861 - 1865
The shaft has the inscription:


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