New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1864|
This Monument for Elisha Harsen was in the Flandreau Cemetery, but removed to Beechwood Cemetery after 1923. A Mrs. Florence S Bennett, copy the inscription on 5/10/1923 and found the monument in good shape, a week later, it was knocked off it base, then moved to Beechwood, this information was found in the "Tomestone Inscriptions of New Rochelle's Old Cemeteries" by the New Rochelle Chapter of DAR in 1939-1940.
The inscription reads " In Memory of Elisha Harsen, aged 23 years, 4mos. 1st Asst. Engineer in USN on board the Monitor Tecumseh, who perished in Mobile Bay on 8/5/1864, when their vessel was sunk by a rebel torpedo. This monument is erected by is parents who consolation is tht their son died in the service of his country. He died doing what he could to suppress the wicked rebellion of the slaves states. While leding the forts of Mobile Bay, the Tecuumseh was struck by the fatal topedo, which launched into eternity as brave a crew ever manned a vessel. They offered themselves a sacrifice to their county, met the fate they had some reason to expect, and by bravely confrontine it, averted it from others. None but heros would consented to lead through the terrible dangers of that
Battle Day. As heros, they did their duty, while at eheir ports, they perished and were buried in the dark waters with more than a hero's salute. Their county will never cease to cherish the fame they so gallantly now." (This cover 3 sides of the monument, the fourth side reads in Latin, "DUICE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORT."
Note: The Tecumseph was built by the Secor & Co., In Jersey City, NJ
New York, USA
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Record added: Feb 23, 2011
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