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Property Name Kensington Soldier's Monument
Reference Number 13000456
State Connecticut
County Hartford
Town Berlin
Street Address 312 Percival Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/3/2013
Areas of Significance ART, SOCIAL HISTORY
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The Kensington Soldiers' Monument is the first Civil War monument built and remaining in its original location in Connecticut, as well as the United States, dedicated on July 28, 1863.' The brownstone obelisk physically memorializes the local soldiers lost in battle but is also significant for its design (Criterion C, local). It is an example of the broader practice of remembrance in American culture during this time of warfare (Criterion A, local). Designed by a local yet prominent artist, Nelson Augustus Moore, this monument is not only important to Kensington's history, but to Connecticut's role in the American Civil War.


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