This is the familiar 20’ tall granite obelisk that has stood on the Green for 150 years. In 1866 it was dedicated in memory of Civil War soldiers from Cheshire who lost their lives in that war. Twenty nine names were carved into the stone, with the names of FOOTE and LINCOLN on the base. In 1916, bronze plaques were added, one on each side, to honor every man who had enlisted from Cheshire and served in the war – 126 names in all. On July 9th the town of Cheshire re-dedicated the monument and once again honored those soldiers. In preparation for the event, the Monument was cleaned and repaired; the bronze plaques were temporarily removed for cleaning and restoring, then put back in place.
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