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Spanish American War Monument, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Sculptor:
Mosman, Melzar Hunt 1845-1926  Search this
Founder:
T. F. McGann & Sons Company  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Town of Clinton Clinton Massachusetts
Located Clinton Common Chestnut & Church Street Clinton Massachusetts
Date:
1902. Relocated 1907
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Massachusetts survey, 1997.
SOS Assessment Award, 1999.
Image on file.
(On bronze base, south side of sculpture:) M. H. Mosman/Sculptor (On bronze base, east side of sculpture:) T.F. MCGANN & SONS CO. BOSTON MASS (On plaque, east side of base:) ERECTED BY THE/TOWN OF CLINTON/IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SERVED/IN THE/1898 SPANISH WAR 1902 (list of names of Company K, 9th Mass. Inf. U.S. Vols.)/NURSES SISTERS OF CHARITY (list of names) (Plaque on north side of base: text of Governor Wolcott's address commemorating the departure of the Massachusetts troops for active service, May 4, 1898) (Plaque on east side of base: text of letter of thanks from the President to General Shafter, who commanded the American army during the Spanish American War) (Carved in relief on west side of base:) SPANISH WAR VETERANS (Plaque on south side of base:) COMPANY K, 9TH MASS. INFANTRY, U.S.V.,/AT THE/SURRENDER OF SANTIAGO DE CUBA/JULY 17, 1898 signed Founder's mark appears.
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Summary:
A bronze figure of an infantryman with his rifle held over his proper left shoulder stands atop a square granite base adorned with bronze relief plaques. On the north side of the base, the relief depicts Company K of the 9th Mass. Inf. U.S. Vols. leaving for Cuba. Below the image is the text of Governor Wolcott's address commemorating the departure of the Massachusetts troops for active service in the Spanish American War, May 4, 1898. On the south side of the base, the relief depicts Company K at the surrender of Santiago de Cuba on July 17, 1898. Both relief images were taken from photographs, reprints can be found in Clinton Centennial Volume 1850-1950, pg. 9.
Topic:
History--United States--Spanish American War  Search this
History--United States--Philippine Insurrection  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Control number:
IAS MA000412
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_340627