9th New York Cavalry Monument
with bronze portions done by sculptor Caspar Buberl
(Located on the east side of Buford Avenue, 200 yards south of the Mummasburg Road. )
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Monument of the 9th New York CavalryDedicated July 1st, 1888General DimensionsBase: 8' 6" x 4' 7"Total Height: 10' 7"Contractors: Frederick & FieldsSculptor: Caspar BuberlTotal Cost: $2,345.00
The bronze work was done by sculptor Caspar Buberl. Note at the bottom of the monument it reads "DISCOVERING THE ENEMY", cavalry in the American Civil War were the "eyes and ears" of an army.
A determined "member" of the 9th New York scans the fields looking for the enemy.
The sword of the trooper was replaced in 1996 after it had been damaged. Sculptor Ron Tunison of Cairo New York sculpted the replacement. Two copies were made in case the sword would ever be damaged again. Note the "dents" in the scabbard.The sculptor Buberl has included many details that add to the authentic look of the trooper.
The bit and reins of the horse are very detailed considering the small size of the bronze relief which measures 5' 6" x 5' 2".
A reverse view of the 9th New York Cavalry monument.
A bronze bas-relief of the Colonel of the 9th New York Cavalry William Sacket who was killed June 11th, 1864 at Trevillan Station Virginia is on the reverse of the monument.
At the dedication of the monument at Gettysburg Colonel W.G. Bentley gave the dedication address. In this address he comments, "We place this monument here, carved and chiseled by a master hand, as a faint expression of love for the fallen, and evidence of the spontaneous outburst of loyal hearts, but there is no monument grand enough, no hand skilled enough, no tongue or pen eloquent enough, no words intense enough, to offer a fitting tribute to gallent souls whose glory is immortal, whose bravery, courage and death are written in the world and in the hearts of men, written with the blood-drops of fallen heros."
"Their Pilgrimage ended, their aims accomplished, mighty of heart, mighty of faith, as we review their memories who shall dare deny that success belonged to those things were right."
"Stand thou here, Monument of Granite amd Bronze, and perpetuate the memory of the heroic dead, whose spirits have passed from all scenes of strife and war, to the great Fatherhood of God, into the land of peace, ruled by the sceptre of infinite love."
"We shall never meet again on this or any other battle field. We are under marching orders and the column is moving rapidly. These silvered heads remind usthat our life time of service will soon end. We are yet three hundred strong but it will be but a few years at most, until we shall all be mustered out of service. All there was of war will soon be written and not in living history."
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