Monument Monday, April 15, 2019

John Hartwell

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What do these Civil War monuments and memorials have in common?
Civil War Memorial, Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Confederate Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama
Stonewall Jackson Monument, Charlottesville,Virginia
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Pennsylvania Monument, Monocacy Battlefield, Maryland
15th Connecticut Monument, New Bern National Cemetery, North Carolina
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These, and some 300 other Civil War monuments in 27 states (including 86 in Gettysburg National Military Park)?

The answer is that all were made, at least in part, from blue Westerly granite, and created in the carving sheds of the town of Westerly, Rhode Island (bronze work excepted). Between 1870 and 1910, Westerly granite monuments commemorating the Civil War were erected across 27 states, from Alabama to Maine to North Dakota. [As well as thousands non-ACW monuments all across the country and around the world.]

The Babcock-Smith House Museum in Westerly, commemorates that town's granite industry, and offers a directory, with descriptions and photographs of all of those Civil War monuments.
 

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