Soldiers' Monument

Soldiers' Monument

About Soldiers' Monument


The outstanding Soldiers' Monument at the northeastern corner of Worcester Common is a memorial to the city’s Civil War heroes. It is the work of noted American sculptor Randolph Rogers, who also designed the Soldiers’ Monument at Gettysburg. Dedicated July 15, 1874, it was made possible by an appropriation from the City of Worcester aided by private donations. Around the high base of the monument stand four bronze figures depicting the various branches of military service: Navy, Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery. Worcester inventor and loom manufacturer, George Crompton, who headed the Citizens’ Committee to raise private funds for the monument, served as the model for the figure of the sailor – representing the Navy. Mounted on the base are plaques. One is inscribed, “Erected by the people of Worcester in memory of her sons who died for the unity of the Republic A.D. 1861-1865”. Another gives names of Worcester men who died in the conflict. Among others, there is a plaque bearing a profile portrait of Abraham Lincoln in low relief. Rising above the base is a tall Corinthian column crowned with a bronze statue of Nike, goddess of victory. Surrounding the monument are cannons with their muzzles buried in the ground as symbols of peace. 

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