The American Civil War Memorial in Waterloo honors area residents who served the Union during the war. The monument was designed by Pietro del Fabro from Princeton Junction New Jersey. The monument consists of small memorials to each local soldier who died in the conflict. and can be found along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.
The American Civil War
Memorial consists of single monuments for every man who lived in Waterloo who
lost their lives in the war. There is
also a North-South monument remembering all those who died. This monument is made of rocks that were
distributed from the 36 states that made up the country when the war was
over. There is a monument for women as
well to remember the service of those women who were involved in the war. The Unit Cenotaph documents the units that
Waterloo and Seneca County men were a part of and names the battles they were
The monument's central feature is a marble pillar and flame that burns in honor of the soldiers and their service in preserving the Union. The monument also includes a replica of an American flag from 1865. It was the citizens of
Waterloo who helped make the American Civil War Memorial. In 2007 locals joined with each other to
start, cutting out the monuments.
Engraved in the star rock are 620 stars coated with 23K gold. Every star stands for 1000 deaths in the
war. The site was also decorated with
lilacs and other plants.
On 25 August, 2009 The Daughters of Union Veterans of the
Civil War 1861-1865, New York Department laid claim to the American Civil War
Memorial. They control the place,
setting up special occasions here, showing visitors around, and running
activities. Before it was the name we
call it now, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. It associated with the process of adorning
the grave of Civil War troops with corsages of lilacs. Due to a decision made by the U.S. Congress
and declaration made by President Lyndon Johnson, Waterloo was named as the
origin of Memorial Day in 1966.
Established on 20 September 2008, this memorial pays respect to those
who died and were therefore subject to the first Memorial Day 5 May 1866. 1