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Rensselaer County Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Troy, New York was erected in honor of the men from Rensselaer County N.Y. who fought and died in the Revolutionary Wwar, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War.


  • The monument shortly after completion
  •  This image shows one of four plaques at the base of the monument

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Rensselaer County N.Y. was made possible by the Rensselaer County Soldiers and Sailors Monument Association which was established in 1886 to create a monument "or the first order" to honor local men who fought and died during the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the American Civil War. 

On August 1, 1887, the Association secured the location now known as Washington Square as the site of the monument receiving the title from the city of Troy. On May 30, 1890, the cornerstone of the monument was laid by Colonel Charles MacArthur the president of the Association. 

The completed monument stands 93 feet high and is comprised of a granite base, a 50-foot columnn of granite and is topped with a 17-foot high bronze statue of the goddess Columbia who represents the soldiers "call to arms.". The base of the monument features four bronze plaques representing infantry, artillery, cavalry, and naval battle scenes.

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