This monument, created by sculptor Byron M. Pickett and titled "Patriotism", was dedicated on October 17, 1892 to memorialize the men who served in the 120th New York Volunteer Infantry, which drew it's numbers from Kingston, New York, and surrounding areas in Ulster County. Known as the "Washington Guards", it was commanded by Colonel (later Brevet Major General) George H. Sharpe, a prominent lawyer and officer in the 20th New York Militia. 906 men strong when it left for the war in August 1862, during its service in the field it would take part in seventeen battles. During the April-May 1863 Chancellorsville Campaign Colonel Sharpe was tabbed as the intelligence officer for the Army of the Potomac, and through his efforts the Union high command knew the strength of the Confederate forces almost down to the regiment. At the Battle of Gettysburg it fought near Emmitsburg Road on the Second Day of the Battle under Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius D. Westbrook, sustaining 66 casualties (a monument to the regiment's participation was dedicated in 1889, and stands on Sickles Avenue on the Klingel Farm in Gettysburg National Military Park). On June 5, 1865, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Abram L. Lockwood, the surviving members were mustered out near Washington, D. C. The war produced a regimental casualty list of 10 officers and 87 enlisted men killed in action, 1 officer and 54 enlisted men who died of wounds; and 3 officers and 181 enlisted men who died of disease and other causes (69 of which died as Confederate prisoners of war) for a total of 336 men who gave their lives to preserve the Union. The monument that honors them that stands on the grounds of the Old Dutch Churchyard was erected largely through the efforts of Colonel Sharpe himself.
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