Soldiers' Monument


The Soldiers’ Monument, which stands on the east side of the public square at Mercer, was dedicated November 11, 1897. “Mercer County’s Tribute to Her Soldiers,” is the inscription on its face. The monument is cut from light Barre granite. The base is 11 by is feet, and the height from the foundation to top of flagstaff is forty feet. The figures on either side of the shaft represent the artillery and cavalry branches of service, and surmounting the shaft are figures showing peace crowning victory. This monument was built under the law empowering the county commissioners to erect such a memorial upon petition from a specified number of tax-payers. Seven thousand dollars was appropriated for the purpose. The celebration at the dedication of the monument was one of the notable gatherings of people at the county seat. Judge S. H. Miller was president of the day and presented the monument from the commissioners to the citizens. Hon. James A. Stranahan replied on behalf of the citizens. Other prominent citizens participated. Each township and borough in the county was represented by a vice-president. 

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, Vol. I, page 190.

Mercer County's Tribute to her Civil War Soldiers


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