Monument to Soldiers
From the West Winfield Star/Courier, Wednesday, July 5, 1995
On July 4, 1867 the citizens of the Town of Winfield dedicated a Civil War Monument in what is the West Winfield Cemetery on Main Street, West Winfield. There are no known records of this event, according to Winfield Town Historian, Steven Davis. The information has been gained from the decomposing markings of the base of the monument.
The monument stood with a pillar and eagle on the top until 1983 when a wind storm took down several trees around it and in the process took the upper part of the memorial. There has been a new interest in restoring the monument by the West Winfield Cemetery Association and a group of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, in Sidney.
According to the markings that the town historian was able to get from the memorial these are the details.
On the north side of the monument, that facing Rt. 20 it is written, "In Memoriam, Erected by the Voluntary offerings of the Patriotic citizens of the Town of Winfield in honor of our brave soldiers who during the Great Rebellion of 1861-5 laid themselves living sacrifices upon the altar of liberty and died that their country might live. Dedicated July 4th 1867."
Then follows the listings of those honored.
Side of monument facing west:
The side of the monument facing south has the following inscriptions:
The inscriptions on the east side of the monument:
I was going through some of the Civil War postings on the Herkimer website and was wondering if on the Winfield, Herkimer County, New York Monument to Civil War Soldiers you might add to the bottom to correct a couple of things that are incorrect.
Capt. Nelson W. Wendell was actually Nelson O. Wendell. Middle name being Orville. He had originally been in the 44th N.Y. at the beginning of the war. He then recruited Company F of the 121st of which he was the captain. Though listed that he died at Fredericksburg he actually died in the Chancellorsville Campaign at Salem Church on May 3, 1863 and was buried on the battlefield.
Thomas Rounds went by T. Morris Rounds and is the brother of Arminius Rounds, 34th NY Vols and my g-grandfather Joseph Bonson Rounds, 121st NY Vols. Jane F.
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