By all accounts, Captain Newton Manross of the 16th Connecticut Infantry was a brilliant man.
|Newton Manross as a civilian.|
(Image courtesy Tom LaPorte)
Shortly after Manross was named professor of chemistry and philosophy at Amherst (Mass.) College, he joined the Union army on July 22, 1862, telling his wife Charlotte "you can better afford to have a country without a husband than a husband without a country." Less than two months later, the 37-year-old citizen-soldier once described as a "man of exceptional learning and scholarship" was dead, killed by a cannon ball at the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862.
From a prominent Bristol, Conn., family, Manross was buried in Forestville Cemetery in his hometown. After the Civil War, survivors of Manross' Company K of the 16th Connecticut placed an 8-foot brownstone monument in their captain's honor near his gravestone. Sadly, that monument is deteriorating, worn by the elements of 100-plus New England winters. In addition to several prominent cracks, the backside of the monument is separating from the main portion. One good smack could easily send that piece crashing to the ground.
Newton Manross deserves better. Perhaps this post will spur an effort to repair a monument for an exceptional man who died for his country nearly 150 years ago. (For more on the Manross monument, check out my video below.)
|A professor before the Civil War, Manross was killed by artillery fire at Antietam.|
|Can these prominent cracks in the Newton Manross monument be repaired?|
|Survivors of Newton Manross' Company K of the 16th Connecticut placed this monument|
in Forestville Cemetery in Bristol in honor of their "gallant and beloved captain."