The Battle Monument at West Point
Backstory and Context
The West Point Battle Monument features an octagonal plateau with stairs of 5 steps. Each of the eight corners contains 8 plinths of granite. Each plinth carries a large granite ball. Each granite ball contains a tablet that bears the names of the fallen soldiers. On each sides of the granite balls are two bronze cannons each. There are a total of 16 bronze cannons. Stony Creek Quarry was the provider of the shaft of the monument. The granite measure to be 41 feet and 6 inches long. It is 5 feet and 8 inches in diameter at the bottom and at the top it narrowed to 4 feet and 9.5 inches in diameter. This shaft came to weight an amazing 72 tons. On the very top of the monument, is the figure Fame, a winged and draped angel. The total height of the monument is 75 feet and unmistakable on the Hudson River.
The West Point Battle Monument serves as a symbol of sacrifice by those who have trained at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It serves as a reminder of tradition as well as sacrifice for cadets.