Yonkers Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Association
Yonkers Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Committee
On June 12, 1888, a committee of twenty-five citizens, to be known as the “Yonkers Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Committee,” was formed to insure the accomplishment of the object of their appointment — the erection of a suitable monument in memory of the Union soldiers and
sailors. The first meeting of the Yonkers Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Association was held at Manor Hall, Wednesday evening,
An agreement was made on September 26, 1890, with George H. Mitchell, of Chicago, Illinois, for a total of $10,500, paid as follows:
- The sum of $750 when the Infantry and Cavalry models are ready to be cast in bronze and are accepted by the committee
- The sum of $750 when the Naval and Artillery models are ready to be cast in bronze and the model of the Standard-Bearer are accepted by the committee
- The sum of $2,500 when the four bronze figures are accepted by the committee
- The sum of $3,500 when the material of the monument is quarried, all the workmanship and lettering performed, and the monument is ready for erection and accepted by the committee
- The sum of $1,000 when the monument and statuary are delivered and ready for erection in the City of Yonkers, at such place as the committee shall direct, and in a manner satisfactory to the committee.
- The balance of $2,000 when the said Monument and all its parts shall have been completed and erected in its place, according to specifications and plans.
DEDICATION OF THE MONUMENT TO HONOR THE MEN OF YONKERS WHO FOUGHT TO SAVE THE UNION.
On Thursday, September 17, 1891,
AT HALF-PAST THREE O’CLOCK, P. M.
Erected by the YONKERS SOLDIERS’ AND SAILORS’ MONUMENT ASSOCIATION.
Geo. H, Mitchell, Designer and Contractor of the Monument, Chicago.
J. E. Kelly, Designer of the Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry Statues, New York.
Lieutenant Washington Irving Chambers, of the U. S. S. Petrel, Designer at the Naval Statue.
Lorado Taft, Sculptor, Modeler of the bronze Statues, Chicago.