Brockport Rural Cemetery
and
Soldiers' Monument
Sweden, New York

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Tower in 1995 (Excerpts from the Town of Sweden Sesqui-centennial Booklet - 1964)

One of the most unusual and certainly the most neglected monuments to our war veterans is the fifty-two foot sandstone tower known as the "Soldier's Monument." It stands in the center of an abandoned Rural Cemetery, just east of the new Owens Road in the Town of Sweden.

In 1882, the Brockport Rural Cemetery association was organized and incorporated as a burial ground primarily for veterans of the Civil War, who were beginning to "fade away" in increasing numbers. It was envisioned that this site might become something of a local Arlington with its more than twenty-three acres on a high knoll overlooking the village. A campaign was spear-headed by Horatio M. Beach, diplomat and publisher of the Republic, who conceived of the idea of an appropriate monument.

A special association was formed with representatives of the Cady Post, G.A.R., and work progressed under the supervision of Edgar A. Maynard. The stone was brought from Hulberton and the contract for drawing it was let to W. L. Conklin. Mason work was done by William Stevens and the interior iron work by the D.A. Morgan & Company. The dedication on September 1, 1893, was one of the grandest affairs ever staged in Brockport with several bands, entertainment of guests, orations and exhibition drills. In response to his introduction to the assembled audience, Mr. Beach reported that the monument association "has been incorporated under the laws of the State, and by the gift of the cemetery association on whose grounds it (the monument) stands has now a title to the plot encircled by the iron railing, and is made custodian of the land immediately south of it to the two avenues, for the free interment of all loyal soldiers who have died or may die in Brockport or the towns of the vicinity." A plaque was fastened on the wall just inside the door with the names of the association members.

When it was first erected the monument was a major attraction. The New York Central featured it in their travel guide over the Niagara Falls Road, entitled "Health and Pleasure on America's Greatest Railroad" - 1895. Thousands climbed the circular stairway for views of the countryside. The picture on this page (not available - the picture is from 1995) has been reproduced from the railroad bulletin and shows the monument with flag unfurled and surrounded by the iron fence.

Mr. Beach's death occurred on Sept. 21, 1898, and all incentive to complete the project went with him. Lightening set fire to the observation platform, the elements rusted away the iron spiral stairway, the plaque disappeared, the mortar around the battlements began to crumble. The stonework is so well built, however, that it may be another century before the old tower vanishes, sparing vandals or human wreckers.

A grass fire swept through the cemetery and destroyed both the chapel and the caretaker's cottage, before firemen from the village could save them. The cemetery vault also was destroyed.

Many lots were sold and there were numerous interments before the association became dormant and the grounds neglected. Thereafter, families sold their deeds and arranged the removal of bodies to other cemeteries, including Lake View which had just been developed. The remains of only three civil war veterans are believed to be on the premises: Daniel Castleman, John Ogden and Michael England, although there may be others.

In 1954 there were complaints about the hazards of the crumbling tower, and a a hearing was conducted by the Town Board. They asked that some patriotic group come forward with a plan of restoration, but there was little response.

In 1960 the issue again became paramount when the Owens-Illinois plant was erected, and desired a five-acre parcel of the old cemetery land. To meet legal requirements, the old Rural Cemetery Association was reactivated and the desired land conveyed with the assurance that this section did not have and never did have any graves upon it.

The tower was designed by Brooklyn architect Clarence Birdsall, who designed several monuments at Gettysburg. Sandstone for the tower was delivered by barge down the nearby Erie Canal. The window bars, doors and window hardware and interior circular stairway were made of iron provided by the Morgan foundry of Brockport.

The Soldiers' Memorial Tower Committee was formed to restore and preserve the tower, and to develop the surrounding 17 acres for community use. The tower has been listed in the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, and acknowledged by the Town of Sweden as a historic site. In 1994, a celebration was held to mark the 100th anniversary, and to rededicate the tower to ALL veterans.

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Dedicated to those listed below who fought for the Union during the American Civil War:

Adkins, Robert; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Allen, David W; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Armstrong, Charles B.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Ashley, Lucius W.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY

Bangs, Edward; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Bante, William C.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Barnes, Issac Jr.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Barnhardt, John; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Barre, Fredrick; 1Lt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Barre, George H.; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Beedle, Almon; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Beedle, James; Sgt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Beedle, Randle; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Bendel, William
Bennett, James; Pvt., Co H, 105th NY
Berry, James
Berry, Robert
Billington, Edward H.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd Cav
Blain, James B.
Boop, George
Borrodale, William M.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Bourne, George; Pvt., 94th Regiment?
Bowen, George; Pvt., Co F, 8th NY Cav
Bowles, James; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Bowles, William; Pvt., Co C, 22nd Cav
Bowman, Samuel
Boyd, Andrew; 2Lt., Co C, 108th NY
Brewer, James; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Brockway, Hiel; 2Lt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Brockway, Lorenzo; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Brower, Samuel; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Brown, DDS; Major
Brown, George G.; Pvt., Co K, 8th NY Cav
Browne, George
Brownyar, Joseph; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Buchanan, John; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Buckley, Thomas; Sgt., GCdts, 140th NY
Burch, Albert; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Burns, John A.; Pvt., Co D, 140th NY
Burroughs, Augustus; Pvt., Co A, 13th NY
Butler, Jewett
Butler, David J. Co H, 21st Cav

Cain, Patrick; Pvt., Co F, 105th NY
Cladwell, James; Pvt., Co C, 22nd Cav
Cladwell, William; Pvt., Co G, 151st Regiment?
Carrington, Eugene; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Caswell, C.E.
Chapman, Franklin; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Chase, Oscar; Pvt., Co F, 105th NY
Church, Orin; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Church, Samuel; BlackSmith, Co K, 8th NY Cav
Clark, Edward; 2Lt., Co K, 13th NY
Clark, Francis, T.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Close, Thomas; Pvt., Co F, 105th NY
Clow, Edward
Coats, Cornelious; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Coats, Francis; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Coats, Martin; Pvt., Co H, 21st Cav
Colen, John; Pvt., Co H, 21st Cav
Collins, Patrick; Pvt., Co G, 105th NY
Comstock, Henry; Pvt., Co F, 108th NY Cav
Conklin, W. L.; Pvt., Co H, 108th NY Cav
Connor, Thomas; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Connor, Wesley, W.; Captain, Co K, 13th NY
Cook, W. C.
Cooley, Franklin; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Cooley, Herbert A.
Coon, George W.; Pvt., Co A, 13th NY
Cooney, James; Pvt., Co C, 4th NY Art
Cooper, John; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Copeland, Andrew; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Cornes, James P.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd Cav
Cotter, Edward; Dvr, Co C, 108th NY
Courtney, Lewis B.; Sgt., Co A, 140th NY
Coward, Richard; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Coy, Levi; Sgt., Co C, 108th NY

Dailey, A.D.
Dauchy, Orville; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Davis, Daniel
Davis, Waterman
Day, Edwin Y.; Pvt., Co G, 140th NY
Dayton, Edwin A.; Major, 105th NY
Dean, John; Sgt., 151st Regiment?
Dean, T.S.
Deyo, Harry
Dingman, George W.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Dodge, Frank E.; Pvt., Co F, 105th NY
Dodge, John; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Dolph, Francis G.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd Cav
Dolph, John W.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd Cav
Doran, Barney; Pvt., Co G, 105th NY
Doty, Orin; Pvt., Co F, 105th NY
Draper, Duane
Draper, Jerome; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Dudley, George W.; Pvt., Co D, 1st US Vol Cav
Dunham, A; Pvt., Co B, 2nd Mass Hvy Art
DuPlanty, Albert; Pvt., Co D, 13th NY

Ebler, Edward; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Edmonds, James; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Edwards, Charles D.
Edwards, Franklin; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Effner, B. C.; 1Lt., 8th NY Cav
Eggleston, George W.

Farnham, John T.; Pvt., 6th Co, Sharpshooters
Flynn, Patrick; Cpl., Co A, 140th NY
Fordham, Milton; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Fosbender, Frederick; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Fox, Michael; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Freeman, Philander; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Frost, S. P.
Fuller, Eugene P.; Cpt., 108th NY
Fuller, Herbert; Sgt., Co K, 13th NY

Gardner, Walton
Gartley, Charles
Genther, George; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Gifford, Jerome; Pvt., Co K, 108th NY
Gillespie, Isaac
Gommell, Henry; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Goodell, E. H.
Gordon, Robert J.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Green, Darwin; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Green, Henry; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Gridley, George E.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Griffin, Charles H.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Grunwell, Joseph; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Guelph, Peter
Guyon, Francis; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY

Hack, William; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Hallenbeck, J.
Halstead, Caleb
Hammond, Henry C.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Harris, Harvey; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Hartigan, Mathew; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Harvey, Thomas; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Hart, Ezra Y.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Haley, John; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Hewitt, Thomas; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Himes, Daniel
Hinman, Byron; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Holbrook, Silas H.
Hollenbeck, Chester
Holmes, Homer
Holmes, Ira; Captain, Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Hopkins, James D.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Hopkins, Robert; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Hoskins, John
Howard, Lucius A.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Howard,Orville L.; Capt., Co M, #rd NY Cav
Howes, George; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Hoyt, George; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Hunt, Marrryatt; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Hyler, Thomas A.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav

Jenner, Charles H.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Joslyn, William H.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY

Kelly, William; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Ketchum, Byron C.
King, T.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Knowtton, Eli S.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav

LaDue, James; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Langdon, Harvey; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Larkin, James W.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Lathrop, Henry; Pvt., Co E, 8th NY Cav
Lawler, Peter
Leeper, Joseph M.; Captain, Co A, 140th NY
Losee, Edward
Luce, Oscar C.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Lynd, John A.

Mann, William B.
Markey, Thomas; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Mason, C. H.
Maxon, George; Pvt., 105th NY
Maybee, David
Maynard, Edgar
McBride, Edward; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
McCarty, John; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
McCullough, Albert; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
McDonald, William C.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
McIntyre, William; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
McKee, Robert; Pvt., Co G, 105th NY
McKinney, John; Pvt., 3rd NY Cav
Meinhardt, Peter; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Merritt, Allen W.
Millard, William
Miller, Chris
Miller, Spencer; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Minot, Bartlet; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Minot, James; Pvt., CO A, 140th NY
Mockford, William S.
Mirch, Hiram; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Moffat, Thomas
Monroe, James; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Moore, Abram; Pvt., Co F, 105th NY
Morehouse, Alonzo; H.S., Co A, 140th NY
Morgan, Charles; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Mosher, Amos; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Mowers, Henery; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Mowers, John; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Mullen, Alexander
Mulvaney, James; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY

Nelson, Charles W.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Newel, Joseph; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Newel, Robert
Nichols, Henery H.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Nobles, George A.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY

O'Brien, Patrick; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
O'Brien, Thomas; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Ogden, Frank; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Osborn, Stephen; Pvt., Co H, 21st NY Cav

Page, Thomas; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Parker, William J.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Peachy, Charles; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Peachy, Noah; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Pear, Peter L.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Pease, George R.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Peck, Erastus
Perry, Charles A.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Perry, Joseph A.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Peterson, William H.
Pierce, Darwin; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Pond, Nathan; Captain. Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Purcell, Edward; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY

Raymond, Almond; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Reed, Jay F.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Richardson, David; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Richardson, John W.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Robinson, John; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Rockafellow, George W.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Rodgers, Joseph; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Rodgers, Thomas; Pvt., Co K, 140th NY
Rood, Benjamin
Root, Charles W.; Sgt., Co A, 140th NY
Root, Reuben; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Rosevelt, George; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Rowan, John
Rowe, George H. Sr.; Pvt., Co G, 15th U.S. Volunteers

Sanford, Joseph; Pvt., Co C, 13th NY
Sanford, Willard; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Saunders, Rowland; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Schouton, Henry W.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Secor, Orlando; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Sedgwick, Franklin; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Shannon, Richard
Shaw, Patrick; Pvt., Co H, 21st NY Cav
Sheffield, Thomas; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Shelton, Hunt; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Shorey, Wilber; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Simmons, A. C.
Sloan, David; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Sloan, James; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Sloan, Robert; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Sloan, William; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Smith, Edward; 1Lt., Co K, 98th NY
Snyder, Albert; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Snyder, John B.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Soules, Alonzo J.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Soules, George H.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Soules, Jebediah; Cpl., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Soules, Joel H.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Spartin, Alanson; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Spears, John W.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Spring, Charles E.; Pvt., Co C, 108th NY
Stafford, Stephen R.
Starks, Milo L.; Major, Co A, 140th NY
Steves, John W.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Stoddard, Wesley; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Straight, William
Stone, Elephas
Stuphen, John

Taylor, Charles L.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Taylor, Edwin; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Taylor, Herbert C.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Thomas, Henery; Captain, Co A, 140th NY
Thomas, Horace J.; Capt., Co A, 140th NY
Thompson, Joseph
Toofe, Samuel; Pvt., , 6th Cav
Tozer, James; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav

Vanderhoef, J. B.; Pvt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
VanTine, Chester W.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Vayo, Charles; Pvt., Co k, 13th NY

Ward, George
Ward, Dwight
Warren, Charles; 2Lt., Co H, 8th NY Cav
Webb, Charles M.; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Webb, Frank J.
Webb, William C.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Webster, Jerome; Pvt., Co C, 22nd NY Cav
Whipple, T. B.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Whitney, George W.
Williams, George H.; Pvt., Co K, 13th NY
Wilson, John; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY
Wood, Enos B.; Pvt., Co M, 3rd NY Cav
Wright, George A.; Pvt., Co A, 140th NY

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