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Soldiers’ Monument of Schuylkill County – Inscriptions

Posted By on September 12, 2011

Today’s post continues the history of the Soldiers’ Monument of Schuylkill County as told by Joseph H. Zerber in his History of Pottsville and Schuylkill County.

On the four polished sides of the second die are inscribed:  “Fort Sumter,” “Emancipation,” “Gettysburg,” “Appomattox,” in raised letters.

Fort Sumter




On the four corners of the third base are life-size bronze statues of the four armies of the service at parade rest.  The infantry is represented on the southeast corner; the navy on the northeast; artillery on the southwest; and the cavalry on the northwest.





The inscriptions on the monument are:  East side: “Erected A.D. 1891.  This memorial is the tribute of Schuylkill County to her brave sons who served in defense of the Union, 1861-1865”;

East Side

North side: “from a population of 90,00, Schuylkill County, during the War of Secession, gave the army and navy of the Union 13,000 volunteers”;

North Side

West side: “Love, Honor, Renown and lasing remembrance for those who fought for freedom and in imperiled country. May posterity profit by their example.  Dulce et decorum est pro patri mori”;

West Side

South side: “The Washington Artillery and National Light Artillery, of Pottsville, 246 men, were a part  of the 530 Pennsylvanians who first arrived for the defense of the national capital, April 18, 1861.”

South Side


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