FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2012
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
N.H.’s Civil War history told in monuments, historical highway markers
As part of New Hampshire’s “May is Preservation Month” observation, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is publishing a series of articles exploring the Granite State’s involvement in the Civil War.
This week, the focus is on Civil War monuments and historical highway markers.
Finding Civil War monuments – statues, sculptures, plaques and public spaces – in New Hampshire is fairly easy to do: at least seventy communities throughout the state have erected them. A few note individual involvement, but most honor all who fought and died during the war. Memorials dedicated to six New Hampshire regiments have also been erected at Gettysburg, Penn.
Several New Hampshire historical highway markers commemorate a variety of Civil War-related events, people and places, including one in Fremont that chronicles the little-known Civil War Riot of 1861, which began when a “southern sympathizer moved to put a bullet through” a Union flag. After the ensuing riot, a witness commented, “If we were going to fight the rebels…we had as soon commence here as anywhere.”
To see images and learn more about Civil War monuments and historical highway markers that commemorate New Hampshire’s involvement in the war, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr and click on the “May is Preservation Month” link in the “Quick Links” box on the right. Databases related to New Hampshire regiments during the Civil War, including calendars listing regiment activity, are available at http://www.nh.gov/nhculture/nh_civilwar.htm.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.
New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.