Monadnock Moments No. 66: The First Soldier's Monument
As we travel throughout New Hampshire, it seems that each town common is the site of a soldiers’ monument commemorating the service of that town’s native sons and daughters in the wars of United States history. It is interesting to us here in the Monadnock Region that the first of these monuments in New Hampshire was raised and dedicated in Cheshire County.
Elaborate dedication ceremonies were held on July 4th of 1867. Speeches were delivered, a dinner was held, and the new monument, bearing the names of the young men of Sullivan who had died in the war, was unveiled. This first of New Hampshire’s many soldiers’ monuments still stands 120 years later overlooking the church and common at Sullivan Center.