Rushville Cemetery's

Civil War Monument

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Civil War Monument

By Don Blodgett Jan. 2003   


Following are copies of newspaper articles and entries from Mr. George Walther diary, covering the events of construction of the Civil War Monument and dedication. As told in the article, the monument was first located down hill nearer to Main Street, (about where the side walk is now located). With the reconstruction of North Main Street, the monument would have been in the way and would most likely been moved, and could have been damaged. 

October 12, 1886 (from the Diary of George Walther) — Worked on Rushville cemetery at Foundation for the Soldiers Monument for several days.

Rushville - October 18, 1886, (Ontario County Times) Rushville-The citizens of Rushville and vicinity are to put up a monument in the cemetery at this place in memory of the deceased soldiers and sailors.


Rushville - Feb. 7, 1887, (Ontario County Times) Our soldiers’ monument was put up last week by W. & J. Littlejohn, of Seneca Falls. The committees having the matter in charge say that they put it up larger than the contract calls for. It is made of three bases, a die, and a figure of a soldier. The first base is of lime stone, the second and third bases and the die are Barre granite, and the figure is of Italian marble, the whole being fourteen and one-half feet high, and is put up without a scratch or nick. It is a showy monument and is where all passing along north maim street have a fine view of it.

Rushville - June 13, 1887 (Ontario County Times) Mr. Littlejohn, of Seneca Falls, is here taking down our soldiers’ monument, and is going to remove it to a better and more suitable lot. It is to be dedicated on Thursday, June 23,1887. An address of welcome will be delivered by Major Hanford Struble, while the dedication address is to be delivered by Capt. John Raines, of Canandaigua. Many prominent men of Yates and Ontario counties will be present, and will be heard from, and in the evening the veterans will hold a campfire, which, it is expected, will be a very pleasant affair. As the committees are making preparations for a grand Time, everybody is invited to come.

Rushville - June 27, 1887 (Ontario County Times) Our soldiers’ monument is moved to a much better spot than where it was first put up, by the generosity of Mrs. B. C. McDonald, who gave as a free gift a very fine lot in a sightly spot in the cemetery upon which to place it, and the trustees of the cemetery giving another lot beside it. All have seen it where it now stands; pronounce it as fine a piece of workmanship as they ever saw. It will bear inspection. The community do, and have reason, to feel proud of it, and the firm that put it up, W. & J. LittleJohn, of Seneca Falls, have reason to feel proud of it, too. On Thursday last, the people of this section, with representatives from Albert M. Murray Post, G. A. R., Canandaigua, Sherrill Post, of Gorham, Hays Post, of Middlesex, Post Sloan, of Penn Yan, and Cook Post, of Dundee, joined with Scott Post 319, in dedicating the monument to the memory or our deceased comrades. For several days the veterans and the people had been making preparations for the occasion. The weather that had been Lowry and damp for several days was warm and fine, and at the appointed time the Rushville cornet band gave the signal for coming together for the service, at the Opera House. — Although capacious seemingly for all occasions in a town like this, it was found to be much too small to hold the number present, it being estimated that from three to four hundred were unable to get in, and were compelled to remain outside. The services were complete in all respects. The glee club rendered some very fine and appropriate pieces, the band never did so well—they out—did themselves; they surpassed anything they ever did before. The address of welcome that we expected Judge Struble to deliver (he being ill and unable to attend) was delivered by the Hon. D. Morris of Penn Yan, a former townsman, and proved to be full of interest and profit. The recitation by Mrs. H. A. Pratt was rendered in a very pleasing and impressive manner, the words and manner or delivery being more than good—it was grand. The dedicatory address by the Hon. John Raines wad of such a character that it is to be published. Then it will speak for itself, and we have no need to speak of his delivery, as every one knows, and what I might say would be useless. Remarks were made by the Hon.

G. R. Cornwell and Lieut. Randolph, of Penn Yan. Both exhibited much earnestness and patriotism. One feature of the occasion was the raising of about $200, necessary to clear the association of debt. All the speakers, with their voices and money, rendered us great assistance in raisin, the amount. Maj. F. 0. Chamberlain, of Canandaigua, sent his check for $25. Hon. Geo. R. Cornwell did good work by going into the audience and working with his usual energy like a good fellow, until the amount was raised, when the meeting adjourned for refreshments of pork and beans, &c., upon the school house grounds, which the ladies had prepared for all who came. In the evening the veterans held a campfire, which we have not time to speak of at present.



A big crowd Gathers to Witness the Soldiers’ Monument Dedication.

Friday, July 1, 1887 (Ontario County Journal) Last week Thursday was a great day for the veterans of Rushville and vicinity.

They gathered on that occasion in large numbers, together with their sisters, cousins and aunts, to dedicate the beautiful soldiers’ monument, which stands out prominently in the cemetery of that handsome village. The streets were gaily decorated with the national colors. When Senator Raines, of this village, arose to deliver the dedication address in the opera house, the room was crowded to its utmost capacity, and the immense throng overflowed down the stairs and into the street below. It was a patriotic and appreciative audience, and Senator Raines’ eloquent and fitting address was received with frequent and enthusiastic applause. After the speaking an effort to raise the sum remaining due on the monument and expenses of erection met with prompt success, and we are glad to note among the donors, Senator Raines and Maj. Frank 0. Chamberlain, of this village, both of whom responded liberally.

Soldiers’ fare was plentifully served on the lawn of the school premises, and when a sudden and unexpected shower drove the veterans and their friends from the beloved army bean they sought refuge in the opera house, where an interesting entertainment was afforded in the way of witty and eloquent speeches, humorous songs and recitations. Senator Raines and District Attorney Armstrong made very pleasing speeches, which were received with great enthusiasm. At the close, Senator Raines suggested that before the assemblage was dismissed they acknowledge Him from whom all blessings flow by uniting in the singing of the Doxology and then be dismissed with the benediction, which was done, and the assemblage dispersed with most pleasing recollections of the day.


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