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Old Stone Church Burial Ground
103 Riverview Road
Niantic in East Lyme, CT
Dedicated: June 14, 1926
Type: Bronze plaque on boulder
Size: 36" x 31"
CIVIL WAR PLAQUE, Niantic in East Lyme, is significant historically because it is a late (1926) expression of respect for those who served in the Civil War. Few Civil War memorials were raised in the 1920s.
The memorial was dedicated in suitable ceremonies on Flag Day, June 14, 1926, with "a huge throng" (The New London Evening Day, June 14, 1926, 12:7), including many school children, in attendance. Grand Army of the Republic posts, the Woman's Relief Corps, and Sons of Veterans were represented.
CIVIL WAR PLAQUE, Niantic, is fixed to a boulder in the elevated far southwest corner of the 1.87-acre Old Stone Church Burial Ground. It is recessed into the rough brown/tan granite. The shape of the stone is irregular but perhaps carefully selected, as it rises to a rounded corner to the north. The plaque has lettering only, no bas-relief.
East face of boulder, raised caps in bronze plaque:IN PERPETUAL REMEMBRANCE OF
THE MEN OF EAST LYME WHO OFFERED
THEIR LIVES TO PRESERVE THE UNION
1861 - 1865
(three columns of 31 names)DEDICATED 1926
Olive Tubbs Chendal, East Lyme: Our Town and How It Grew (Mystic, Connecticut: Mystic Publications, 1989), p. 105.
The New London Evening Day, June 14, 1926, 12:7.