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Jefferson County Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Public Square, Watertown, NY

Granite & bronze Civil War monument erected in 1891


Jefferson County Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1989



The Soldiers and Sailors monument was erected in 1891 through a generous bequest from Mr. and Mrs. George Cook who donated $10,000 and popular subscription and was dedicated to the heroic citizens of Watertown who fought in the Civil War. The monument is approximately 50 feet tall upon a raised earthen berm, and consists of an allegorical figure of Victory atop a granite column with decorative capital, plinth, and base. The monolithic die is adorned with commemorative bronze plaques on the east and west elevations, and by a cast bronze soldier and sailor on the north and south sides, respectively. Sculptor Henry Augustus Lukeman and architect Edward Pearce Casey designed it.

A plaque on the south base is inscribed, "In grateful memory of the soldiers and sailors of Jefferson County who fought or fell in defense of the Union and the freedom of man."

Update Log 

  • January 31, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • January 31, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody