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Introduction
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Title
Civil War
2)
Town, State
Sharon, MA
3)
ID #
1888
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
Not Entered
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Compilation Date (Latest)
November 13, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
November 19, 2010
Description
The memorial recalls and commemorates those men of Sharon, Massachusetts, who died in the Civil War. The monument shows a Civil War soldier marching, his rifle held on his proper right shoulder. The names of those men lost are listed on a plaque attached to a semi-circular wall, on its right-side, that curves behind the memorial. • Theo. Alice Ruggles Kitson sculpted the work, in bronze; it is supported by a square granite base. The semi-circular wall wraps around, behind all. Bureau Brothers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, carried out the foundry work. Kitson (1871-1932) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. By the age of 19 she had been noticed in Paris at the Exhibition of 1889 and the Salon of 1890. Other opportunities and honors followed. She married sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson in 1886; they separated in 1909. • The sponsor of the monument was the town of Sharon with support in the form of bequests contained in the wills of George Washington Gay and Eunice Lyons Gay. The Soldiers’ Monument Committee was chaired by Edmond J. Fuller. • The memorial is situated within the Rock Ridge Cemetery, at Paul Revere Road and East Street, Sharon. It was dedicated on May 20, 1908, by the sculptor herself with the assistance of Miss Edythe L. Monk, great, great, grand-daughter of Deborah Sampson, Massachusetts Heroine and deceased Sharon citizen (see database ID #1041 and #1887). The dedication ceremony was held in the company of those representing the military, veterans organizations, local elected officials and musical groups from the community and its schools. The keynote address was delivered by Edmund H. Talbot, president of the Sharon Historical Society.
Content
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Self-sacrifice
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War Dead or those Serving and Dying
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Not Applicable
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Caucasian
6)
Civil War
Design
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Man-made
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Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
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Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
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Average (life-size)
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Main + One
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Inscribed/lettered directly and on tablet
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Text available, all
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Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3000-342.1, 3000-342.2
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Design Preservation
Under Consideration
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Kitson, Theo. Alice Ruggles
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Bureau Brothers 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Baltimore 
13.3)
Fabricator State
MD 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Cemetery/burial ground
2)
Under Consideration
3)
Appearance/Setting
Not Performed
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Not Entered
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May 20, 1908
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Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Business/Commerce/Organization
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
The Civil War
Demography
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1)
File Number
95
2)
Town/City
Sharon
3)
County
Norfolk
4)
District
Intentionally Blank
5)
State
MA
6)
Zip
02067
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
42.1119370000
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Longitude (GPS)
-71.1665580000
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Intersecting Street 1
East St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Paul Revere Rd
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Rock Ridge Cemetery
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Family/friends/colleagues
16.2)
Government, Local
17)
1866-1913
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
Not Entered
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
November 13, 2010
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Correspondence
21.2)
Government Materials
21.3)
Website
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
TITLE ALTERNATES: The Volunteer of 1861; Soldiers' Monument; Sharon Soldieres' Monument.
IMAGE SOURCE: 3000-341.1: Deborah A. Smith, 4/24/2008, Find A Grave
SITE MAINTENANCE: Business/Commerce/Organization -- Rock Ridge Cemetery, Sharon Massachusetts
SOURCES: "Dedication Programme," 5/20/1908; SIRIS, v.s. The Volunteer of 1861




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