For Immediate Release
August 15, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announced this week that repairs have been successfully made to the Civil War monument located on a hilltop in Hyde Park’s Fairview Cemetery.
Depicting a uniformed Union soldier marching with his rifle over his shoulder, the bronze statue was erected in 1911, as the inscription notes, “by the Town of Hyde Park in honor of those of its citizens who served their country in the Army and Navy of the United States in the war the preservation of the Union and the cause of human liberty.”
The City of Boston Trust Office funded the $18,000 in repairs necessitated when vandals struck and knocked the statue off its base in August of 2012. Fine art conservators from noted Watertown historic restoration firm Daedalus, Inc., repaired the base and cleaned, repatinated, and waxed the statue which was forged in the foundry of M.H. Mosman in Chicopee.
The damage discovered by Boston and Parks and Recreation Department Cemetery Division staff was attributed to an unidentified group of youths who were drinking near the statue and knocked it over by pushing it off its base. Bottles and other debris were found near the monument when the vandalism was discovered. Daedalus shored the statue up by making a thorough repair of the attachment between the sculpture’s feet and the bronze base mounted on the granite pedestal.