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After the Civil War a number of New England historical societies commissioned commemorative statues of Civil War soldiers. This particular Union soldier was probably cut from a block of Connecticut brownstone, quarried in Portland, by the Batterson Company of Hartford, Connecticut.

The Union Soldier was rejected because of the faulty positioning of his right foot. In 1895 the Kelly family acquired the statue and placed it at the corner of Charter Oak Avenue and Union Street. Through the years the statue was badly damaged, losing its musket to vandals and suffering severe deterioration from exposure and erosion.

In 1968, J. Michael Kelly moved the Union Soldier to its present site and restored the statue as much as possible. The Kelly family is awaiting discovery of technique for restoring brownstone in hopes that that statue can be consolidated and refurbished.

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