HISTORY OF THE MONUMENT
In 1867 the Women of East Gloucester raised money to erect a monument to honor the men who died in the Rebellion of 1861.
We are currently seeking funding to restore the monument by having the mortar surrounding the base stones and curbing cleaned and replaced, the leading between the layers replaced, and the monument cleaned as well as transcribing the newspaper articles from 1868 documenting the dedicatory exercises. One is done - click here.
Phase 1 (work to to be done simultaneously): Restore the Civil War Monument
February 29, 2016 - Initial Application to the Community Preservation Committee COMPLETE
March 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Gloucester City Hall - Third Floor
Meeting with the Historical Committee for their determination if it is historical (because we are not on the National Register). COMPLETE
April 15, 2016 - Community Preservation Application Due COMPLETE
May 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room
Meeting with the Community Preservation Committee to present our project. COMPLETE
After that there will be a series of meetings that allows the City of Gloucester decide whether the project is worthy of Community Preservation Funds.
If the project is accepted the work will commence for the Summer of 2017, and a re-dedication ceremony will take place in the Spring of 2018 - 150 years from the original dedication ceremony!
Phase 2 (work to to be done simultaneously): Restore gravestones of Civil War Veterans who have a marker
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association is working with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to assess the condition of the graves that are marked and planning on a restoration time line..
Phase 3 (work to to be done simultaneously): Mark the grave of Civil War Veterans who are not marked
Working with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to mark any veterans grave who are not currently marked.