Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Civil War under my nose: Unionville

Dedicated in 1916, this Civil War memorial was funded largely by a Civil War veteran. 
Close-up of the memorial in front of the First
 Church of Christ Congregational, near Route 177.
I pass this Civil War memorial every day on my way to work. Many people probably don't think much about it,  but when it was placed on what was then the Unionville village green in July 1916, it was a big deal. According to the Connecticut Civil War Monuments web site, 3,000 people, floats, 75 Civil War veterans and 20 cars were part of the celebration. The memorial, which honors Civil War veterans of the area, was largely funded by Nathaniel C. Hayden, a local businessman, who as a captain in 16th Connecticut Infantry was severely wounded at Antietam. He died a few weeks after the memorial was dedicated. It stands today in front of the First Church of Christ Congregational. I'm not sure if it's in Unionville or Farmington. As you can see by the photo at right, it's a nice work of art.

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