After more than year of work by the Oneida County Historical Society, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, the Oneida County Civil War Memorial will be dedicated on the society’s south lawn on Sunday, July 15 at 1 p.m. The dedication is free and open to the public.
The memorial dedication will feature addresses from County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., historical society president Lou Parrotta, and executive director Brian Howard.
Also participating will be the Sons of Union Veterans, the General Daniel Butterfield Civil War Roundtable, and the 117th New York Volunteers Field Hospital re-enactors.
In addition, the society will display two of the county’s Civil War battle flags while screening episodes of Ken Burns’ documentary The Civil War.
Book giveaways, a gift basket raffle, and refreshments will round out the day.
The Oneida County Civil War Memorial features an 1861 ‘Parrott rifle’ cannon, which has been restored for display by the Brothertown Association of Deansboro. The cannon is built from three that had been in the society’s collection since 1883, but had languished in storage for over 30 years. The restored cannon will be housed in a pavilion built by students from the Mohawk Valley Community College construction and masonry program.
In June the society received a $2,654 grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to underwrite the cost of railings and signage for the Civil War Memorial. This grant came from the Catherine W. Palmer Estate Fund. Since 2011 the society has raised over $8,000 to restore the cannon and to build this memorial with funding from private citizens, the Sons of Union Veterans, Utica National Insurance Group, the family of Major Edward Jones, USAF (Ret.), Ms. Josephine Zogby, Jay-K Lumber, and the Harland Hennessey VFW Post (Boonville). Services and components were donated by Stronach Associates, Gauthier Metals, Hubbell Galvanizing, Almy and Associates, and Mohawk Valley Community College.
Contact the society at 735-3642 or visit www.oneidacountyhistory.org for additional information.