Item 100407 - Civil War soldier's monument, Rumford Center, 1921
- Item 100407 - Civil War soldier's monument, Rumford Center, 1921
- Contributed by Greater Rumford Area Historical Society
- Item 100407
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The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Joseph E. Colby Post 41 built the Civil War soldier's monument in Rumford, to honor the area's war veterans.Show Details
Thomas Burgess and Grace Coffin donated the land, and the GAR post contributed funds from an insurance payout after their building was destroyed in a fire. Four surviving veterans, Rufus Farnum, Benjamin Franklin Virgin, Cyrus Howard, and Joseph A. Penley, raised additional money by going door-to-door, asking for donations.
On Memorial Day in 1921, the monument was dedicated to "Defenders of the Nation, Rumford, Andover, Hanover, Mexico, 1861-1865."