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Vermont Civil War Monuments

Coventry (1912)

Monument

North Face:
Erected and presented to the town of Coventry, August 14, 1912, by Riley E. Wright, a former townsman, now residing in Baltimore, Md., captain of Co. H (Frontier Guards), 15th Vermont Volunteers, organized at Coventry. A tribute to the loyal sons of Coventry.
East Face:
Soldier rest! thy warfare o'er,
Dream of fighting fields no more;
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Morn of toil nor night of waking.
South Face:
'Tis a rough land of rock and stone, and tree,
Where breathes no castled lord nor cabin'd slave,
Where thoughts and hands, and tongues are free,
And friends will find a welcome - foes a grave.
West Face:
The safety and perpetuity of the republic are buttressed in the hearts of the
people, who, in the hour of danger become its invincible defenders.
Front base:
Stand in thy place and testify
To coming ages long,
That truth is stronger than a lie,
And righteousness than wrong.1912)
East base:
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
And though the warrior's sun has set
Its light shall linger round us yet,
Bright, radiant, blest.
South base:
Hearts of oak our ships,
Hearts of oak our men.
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand,
Out nation evermore!
West base:
Of all human things nothing is more honorable or more excellent than to deserve well of one's country.
A glorious death is his who for his country falls.
An account of the erection and exercises at the dedication of the monument erected and presented to the town of Coventry, Vt. by Riley E. Wright (Co. H, 15th VT INF): in honor of the soldiers of Coventry in the Civil War and other wars in which our country has been engaged : Wednesday, August 14, 1912, at one o'clock P.M. [Newport, Vt.. Express and Standard, printers,. 1912]. 51, [4]

Photograph courtesy of Gerry Sanville