Erie County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial

The Erie County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial sits on the west side of Perry Square, at West 6th and Peach Streets, in downtown Erie, PA.

The sculpture, designed by Martin Milmore, is made from bronze, and sits upon a granite pedestal, and honors all the soldiers and sailors from Erie County who died while fighting to preserve the Union.

Completed in 1872, it was not officially dedicated until 1939, due to controversy over where to locate it.

There are monuments to those who fought in the rest of our nation’s wars in the area around this monument. A statue of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry sits on the far eastern end of the Square, at the intersection of East 6th and French Streets.

About Terry Rensel

Terry is currently the Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees in History/Political Science and Broadcast Communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Bradford, PA. and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK. Prior to joining CVBT he spent 12 years living and working in Alaska.
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2 Responses to Erie County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial

  1. Brian Swartz says:

    Thank you for sharing this post.

  2. mark harnitchek says:

    thanks Terry …i enjoy these local CW monuments and often find them in the oddest places … i ran across one in Niagara Falls last week, actually within site of the falls … it’s a 50-ft tall obelisk with a soldier on top and names of the fallen on metal plaques at the bottom … the inscription at the base simply reads: Died for Their Country.

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