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John Martin: Expert Observer

Soldiers' Monument, Bangor, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum
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Soldiers' Monument, Bangor, 1864
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Description

The Bangor Soldiers' Monument at Mount Hope Cemetery was consecrated on June 17, 1864.

John Martin (1823-1904), an accountant and shopkeeper in Bangor, drew this illustration of the monument and wrote in the Scrap and Sketch Book he began in 1864 that subscriptions paid for the monument, which had been planned for Central Park.

Martin wrote, "its dimentions are inferior to many which supposed it would be much larger & higher." He noted that the cemetery wanted the monument there to "increase the value & quicken the sale of these lots which were a slow sale."

The illustration, which appears on page 21 of the scrapbook, is accompanied by his detailed description of the monument and the consecration program.

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