Soldiers' Monument is an American Civil War monument on Worcester Common that honors the soldiers who defended the Union. Designed by Randolph Rogers, the monument consists of a tapering granite Corinthian columnn crowned by a bronze goddess of Victory, a three-tiered granite pedestal adorned with bronze plaques, buttresses surmounted by four bronze statues representing branches of the military at that time (Artillery, Calvary, Infantry, and Navy). These figures and the central pedestal are supported by a rough granite base flanked by four buried cannon barrels.
Backstory and Context
In 1871, the Soldiers' Monument Committee commissioned Rogers to design the memorial. The City of Worcester donated $35,000, and $15,000 was raised by various programs. The monument was dedicated on July 15, 1874.
The monument is approximately 66 feet tall and the base is 24 feet square. Reconstruction was done on the monument in 1969 burying the granite base causing the monument to lose 4 feet of its height.