Civil War Soldiers' Monument

MONUMENT INSCRIPTIONS:  On Base:  In Memoriam Perpetuam, 1864 On Tablet: 
Pro Patria Mortui Sunt (“They have died for their country”)

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See below short biographies of soldiers listed on the Monument

Welcome to the City page for the Soldier’s Monument to Newton’s Civil War soldiers.  Located in Newton Cemetery on Walnut Street in Newton Centre, the Soldier’s Monument bears the names of 61 Newton soldiers who were killed or died from service in the Civil War. Erected in 1864, the Newton Soldier’s Monument is believed to be the second oldest monument to Civil War dead in Massachusetts, and is one of the earliest in the Northeast to be built while the conflict was still in progress.  By 1862, in the early days of the war, Newton lost at least 14 men.  The monument is a stone obelisk and an entablature made from granite and marble, and was designed and carved by Chester Mitchell of the Mitchell Granite Company in Quincy.
The Monument project became a cause celebre in Newton, prompting over 1200 donors to contribute funds, and over 1100 public school children to contribute a dime each to the cause.  The obelisk, entablature, and structural curbing on the knoll cost approximately $5,500 to build.  The Soldiers’ Monument was dedicated on July 23, 1864, in a ceremony marked by songs, poems, speeches, and sermons.  There are no burials on the site of the Newton Soldiers’ monument, but about a third of the men on the monument are buried in Newton Cemetery.  At the time of the 1864 dedication, 43 names were inscribed in alphabetical order on two of the three marble panels of the entablature.  Eighteen Newton soldiers who died after the dedication ceremony were soon added to both marble tablets.  The central marble panel in the entablature remains blank. 

Special thanks to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and Newton taxpayers for funding its recent restoration! Visit the Monument during Newton Cemetery’s hours of operation. 

Once inside the Cemetery from Walnut Street, bear left at the fork and proceed straight about 100 yards.  The obelisk will be on the small hill right in front of you.  The entablature bearing the 61 names is down the same hill to the right

With the new year comes the 150th birthday of the Newton Civil War Soldiers' Monument, and renewed attention paid to the 61 Newton men who died serving their country and whose names appear on the monument.  Eight of them lost their lives in January during the war, and their brief biographies will be featured here.  By year's end biographies of all 61 men will be posted here, the Newton Patch, and Facebook.  Most of the this information was obtained from, but a full bibliography is available upon request.  The soldiers' biographies appear below. 

Orlestus J. Adams, William B. Neff, and Stephen L. Nichols    
John Allen  
George Baker
Lemuel F Bassett 
George H. Baxter

William Rogers Benson 
Theodore L Brackett
Joseph Berry Breck
Lowell M Breck
Leroy S Bridgman
Eben R. Buck   
Reuben Little Butler 
Ferdinand Champion
Gilbert A. Cheney  
Thomas W. Clifford       
Seth Cousens, Jr.  
Frederick A. Cutter 
Thomas Duran      
William Fell  
John Forsyth 

William N Freeman
William L Gilman 
Patrick Haggerty 
Henry Clay Harrington    

William A. Harris    
Leopold H. Hawkes and Thomas L. Jackson  
William Henry Johnson
Albert Asaph Kendall 
George Kimball
Jefferson Lakin (Larkin) 
Henry T Lawson
Charles Leavitt

Elliot Littlefield 
Edward Lyman  
Michael Martin
John McQuade
Daniel Miller
John Myers (Meirs)
George Hale Nichols         
Thomas C. Norcross
William E Parker  
Albert F. Potter    
Joseph Robbin Pratt   
William J. Rand, Jr.   
William H Rice
George Rich
Matthew T.H. Roffe
John Blasdell Rogers 
Daniel Sanger 
    Edward H Toombs 
Lucius Fuller Trowbridge
Michael Vaughn
Harvey L Vinton
Charles Ward 
Grafton H. Ward

Alfred Washburn
  Lieut. Eben White
Samuel F. Woodward

Donations are being collected by Historic Newton, Inc.  for the rededication ceremony and for a long-term maintenance fund for the Monument.  Please specify your fund choice.

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