Skywatch Friday: How 'bout Getting Along?
I caught the Civil War monument in Hartford's Bushnell Park from the point of view of one of the Indians on the Corning fountain in the same park. I thought, "He's thinking, 'These people can't even get along with each other.'" Hartford sent 400 men to the Civil War battlefields; 40 died defending the Union. I have an opinion about that situation. I sum it up this way: It is good and right that the Union prevailed. It is good and right that we keep our word. (Ever read any of the slave narratives? Have a look here and see what you think of "northern aggression.")
About the arch: The arch was dedicated on September 17, 1886 – the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam – to honor the 4,000 Hartford citizens who served in the Civil War, and the 400 who died for the Union. It is the first permanent triumphal arch, as well as the first permanent war memorial, constructed in the U.S. The memorial features terra cotta friezes – on the north side, New York sculptor Samuel Kitson showed the story of the Civil War; on the south side, the City of Hartford, represented by a female figure, welcomes the soldier's home in a scene sculpted by Casper Buberl. Albert W. Entress sculpted the life-size figures at the base of each tower.