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Melrose Civil War Monuments
Restoration Project
Sponsored by
The City of Melrose
Melrose Veterans Advisory Board
The MVMMS Operation Gettysburg Club
Civil War Monuments
Restoration Projects Overview
• This project aims to restore Melrose Civil War
monument to their original state of honor
• Restorations and upgrades focus on preserving
history, increasing public awareness and restoring
the memorials’ original beauty
• Funding for this project comes from the Melrose
Veterans Memorial Middle School outreach trip
and fundraiser Operation Gettysburg, connecting
Melrose veterans and students with the Civil War
Project Goals
• Restore the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Building (Memorial Hall) copper fixtures to
present the monument in its original state
• Restore and improve Wyoming Cemetery Civil
War monuments and graves
GAR Memorial
Hesseltine Medal of Honor Grave and Memorial
LTC Baldwin Grave and Memorial
Civil War graves stones and “soldier’s lot”
Restoring Memorial Hall
• The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building,
known as Memorial Hall, is the largest civil war
monument in the city
• Due to age and deterioration, the copper details
on the front of the building no longer reflect the
original design and have been removed
• This project aims to restore and replace the
original copper fixings
Copper wreath
to be restored
and replaced
Original Design
Copper fixtures
to be restored
and replaced
Copper wreath
to be restored
and replaced
Current State
Copper fixtures
to be restored
and replaced
Memorial Hall Copper
Restoring Wyoming Cemetery
• Wyoming cemetery is rich with Civil War history; however, the
monuments dedicated to this veteran era need restoration to
properly honor the time period
• The highlight of this project is upgrading the GAR Memorial to help
educate the public on its existence and purpose. A local Eagle Scout
candidate, Jonathon Havey, will spearhead this portion.
• Secondary goals include restoring and bringing awareness to the
Hesseltine and Baldwin memorials.
• Improving the state of the Civil War “soldier’s lot” will also
demonstrate the City’s commitment to honoring its veterans from
all veteran eras
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial
Historic Picture
Current State
GAR Monument Restoration
border; filled
with pea stone
Native Hosta
from cemetery
Clean and point
granite to restore
original look and feel
Install granite markers
with bronze GAR and
Union grave markers
for perpetual flag
Grave Markers for
Perpetual Flag Display
Union Marker
GAR Marker
Hesseltine Grave Restoration
• Melrose Medal of Honor recipient Francis
Hesseltine is laid to rest in Wyoming cemetery
• Although the tree surrounding the monument
is beautiful, it does not allow for natural light
• This section of the project aims to clean the
monument and improve its physical layout
Hesseltine Grave and Memorial
Grave shape replicates the MOH
Age and shade degradation
Restoration Proposals
Clean and point granite base and
monument to restore honor
Add signage to highlight the
memorial and MOH recipient
Professionally landscape the
monument area by removing
moss, stone and dead grass and
replacing with edging and
natural bark mulch
Add perianal flowers better
suited for low-light conditions to
highlight the memorial and pay
tribute to the MOH recipient
LTC Baldwin Memorial Restoration
• Lieutenant Col. Clark B. Baldwin commanded the
1st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment at
the Battle of Gettysburg
• He is buried in Wyoming cemetery. His grave is a
likeness of a memorial to the 3rd Corps found on
the Gettysburg Battlefield
• This section of the project will clean and restore
this monument to bring greater public awareness
LTC Baldwin Memorial
Melrose, MA
Gettysburg Battlefield
“Soldier’s Lot” Civil War Graves
• Graves dedicated to Civil War veterans surround
the GAR monument at Wyoming Cemetery
• Due to age, many of the graves, no longer
attended by loved ones, are off-center and exist
in various condition levels
• This portion of the project aims to re-center
these graves and fix/clean where possible
Soldier’s Lot Civil War Graves
Project Participants
City of Melrose
Veterans Advisory Board
Operation Gettysburg
Memorial Hall
Wyoming Cemetery
Melrose DPW
Boy Scouts Troop #635
Local volunteers
• Quinlan Memorials
• WM. Blanchard Co.
• American Republic Const.
– DAV business
• Butler Architectural
Project Costs
Project Component
• GAR Monument Stones
• GAR Monument Markers
• Eagle Scout Landscaping
• Grave restoration/re-set
• Monument Cleaning
• Memorial Hall Copper
Dedicated Funds
• $1250
• $440
• $560
• $1050
• $2250
• $1250
• Total
• $6800
Project Funding and Information
• Funds for these Civil War projects come from a fundraising initiative called
Operation Gettysburg
• The Operation Gettysburg Club is a group of Melrose Veterans Memorial
Middle School students taking 20+ Melrose veterans to the Gettysburg
Battlefield National Park in May 2014
• A large component of Operation Gettysburg is restoring and bringing
awareness to city Civil War monuments and soldiers
• As of March 2014, the club has raised enough money to cover a large
portion of the restorations identified
• If the City of Melrose is able to obtain a MA150 grant from the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all identified projects will be completed
by Memorial Day 2014.
Questions and Comments
• Inquiries and follow-up questions regarding
this project can be directed to Ryan McLane,
Melrose Veteran Services Director
• 781-979-4186 or [email protected]

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