Friday, June 14, 2013

Antietam connection: Unionville Civil War memorial

A huge American flag drapes a Civil War memorial in Unionville, Conn., 
before its unveiling on July 15, 1916. Photo courtesy of  Unionville Museum.
On July 15, 1916, an enterprising photographer climbed into the steeple of a church in Unionville, Conn., and shot the dedication of a Civil War memorial that was called the "most beautiful G.A.R. monument in New England," according to the event program. A large American flag draped the 30-foot monument, which was largely funded by local businessman Nathaniel Hayden, a veteran of the Battle of Antietam. A captain in the 16th Connecticut, Hayden suffered a bullet wound in his left arm in farmer John Otto's 40-acre cornfield at Antietam. (See my interactive panoramas of the cornfield here.) Bits of bone oozed from the wound as late as May 1863. Hayden, who made a small fortune in the coal, feed and trucking business, died six weeks after the monument was dedicated. On June 13, 2013, an amateur photographer standing too close to a busy street shot the interactive panorama of what the scene looks like today. Click on image below for full-screen panorama.

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