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Laying with the memories of soldiers
Behind, beneath and between
Perched near the top of a hill But not very easily seen.
Enjoy the monument and its view. After reading the plaque, head down the stairs. Stand in the middle of the sun and turn back to the monument.
Look slightly to the West and find the chink in the armour.
This massive circular temple-like monument located along Riverside Drive at 89th Street commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War. This monument, one of the few in a city park that the New York Landmark Commission designated a landmark, was designed by architects Charles (1860–1944) and Arthur Stoughton (1867–1955), who won a competition with this ancient Greek design. The marble monument, with its pyramidal roof and 12 Corinthian columns, is based on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens. It was commissioned by the State of New York, and dedicated on Memorial Day in 1902. At that time it cost $250,000 to build. Sculptor Paul E. Duboy carved the ornamental features on the monument. The pillars list the New York volunteer regiments that served during the battle as well as Union generals and the battles in which they led troops. For years the monument was the terminus of New York City’s annual Memorial Day parade. In 1961 the City spent more than $1 million to fix the monument's marble façade, which had deteriorated, and portions of the monument were replaced with more durable granite.
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