Soldiers’ Monument, which stands on the east side of the
public square at Mercer, was dedicated November 11, 1897. “Mercer
County’s Tribute to Her Soldiers,” is the inscription on its face.
The monument is cut from light Barre granite. The base is 11 by is feet,
and the height from the foundation to top of flagstaff is forty feet.
The figures on either side of the shaft represent the artillery and
cavalry branches of service, and surmounting the shaft are figures
showing peace crowning victory. This monument was built under the law
empowering the county commissioners to erect such a memorial upon
petition from a specified number of tax-payers. Seven thousand dollars
was appropriated for the purpose. The celebration at the dedication of
the monument was one of the notable gatherings of people at the county
seat. Judge S. H. Miller was president of
the day and presented the monument from the commissioners to the
citizens. Hon. James A. Stranahan replied
on behalf of the citizens. Other prominent citizens participated. Each
township and borough in the county was represented by a vice-president.
Century History of Mercer County,
1909, Vol. I, page 190.
County's Tribute to her Civil War Soldiers
here to view this and many other photos of the Soldier's Monument,
plus a newspaper article from 1894 proposing the building of the