Portland Soldiers and Sailors - Portland, Maine 1883

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Beautifully engraved certificate from the Portland Soldiers and Sailors issued in 1883. This historic document was printed by John A. Lowell and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of eagle holding a flag with the Capitol in the background. This item has the printed signatures of the association's President, Treasurer and Secretary and is over 125 years old.
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The Portland Soldiers and Sailors Monument Association was formed in 1883 to raise funds to build a commemorative statue. The bronze statue they commissioned was designed by local sculpture Franklin Simmons. The pedestal was designed by Richard Hunt, a prominent New York architect. With the installation of this monument as Portland's Civil War Memorial, "Market Square" became "Monument Square." Today, the statue dominates a large triangular brick plaza which was enlarged and improved through the Maine Way urban renewal program. On the left side of the pedestal is a bronze casting of soldiers in Civil War uniform. On the right side of the pedestal is a bronze casting of sailors dressed in uniforms of the Civil War era.