James Goodwin Batterson

James Goodwin Batterson

Bloomfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Sep 1901 (aged 78)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 13832811 · View Source
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Architect. He was head of the New England Granite Works in Hartford, Connecticut when the Civil War began. Because of his position as chairman of the State War Committee he chose not to serve in the Army but sought to be a construction consultant for the Union. With strong political support in the General Assembly, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him contractor for the Library of Congress building in Washington D.C. Being the leading supplier of monument stone, he traveled to Italy to find talented sculptors to work on his designs. He is credited with bringing the art of sculptured bronze and stone for national cemeteries and Civil War monuments. Most of the largest Civil War monuments were designed and built by Batterson and are those at the battlefields of Antietam and Gettysburg. In a special reception at the Hartford Museum on October 16, 1880, he was honored by President Ulysses S. Grant for his contributions to historic preservation. He designed and built the State Capitol building in Hartford, the Thayer Monument at West Point, New York the Revolutionary Monument in Galveston, Texas, the Worth Monument, New York City, New York and the Hallock Monument at San Francisco, Californoa. He founded Cedar Hill Cemetery where he is interred.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Goodwin Batterson (23 Feb 1823–18 Sep 1901), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13832811, citing Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .