Newburyport Volunteer and Tablets (Essex, Massachusetts)
The first monument to a common soldier known to have been sculpted by a woman, "The Volunteer' was later used to cast multiple copies across Massachusetts and Mississippi. Kitson's monument attempted to restore individuality to the soldier by diverging from more conventional representations of the soldier as at parade rest. Instead, the monument is striking in its life-like representation of the Union soldier: his coat is unbuttoned, trousers tucked into his boots and hand in his pocket.
Statue - standing soldier
Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson
Statue: July 4, 1902 Tablets: June 17, 1913
On right side of bronze base: THEO A. RUGGLES-KITSON 1901 On rear of bronze base: The Henry-Bonnard Bronze co./Founders, N.Y. 1902 On front of boulder, in raised bronze numbers: '61-'65 signed Founder's mark appears. The tablets list 1511 names.
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Statue: Bronze Base: Stone
3.5m x 2.75m x 4.3m
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Raised through members of the monument association, formed on Jan. 18, 1896 consisting of representatives from the A. W. Bartlett Post, No. 49 of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Belleville Improvement Society, and the Woman's Relief Corps.
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