Forgotten Landmarks — Troy’s Soldier at Rest Statue in Riverside Cemetery
Historical monuments and markers that were once important to a community are sometime forgotten by future generations. Such might be said of the Civil War statue in section 11 of Riverside Cemetery.
There, a statue depicts a Union Civil War soldier standing at what is known as “parade rest.” Starting about 1970, eight-nine such statues were erected in Ohio to honor local residents who has fought for the Union.
While details about the erection of many of these statues are well-known, little is known about Troy’s monument. A plaque on its base says it was placed in the cemetery by the Col. Augustus H. Coleman Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union Civil War veterans’ organization. Col. Coleman, for whom the post was named, was Troy’s first graduate of West Point Military Academy. He was in the class of 1851. He died during the Civil War on Sept. 17, 1862, at the Battle of Antietam while serving with the 11th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He is buried in nearby Rose Hill Cemetery.
Surrounding the statue in a multi-ringed circle are the graves of numerous Union Civil War veterans. Some of those interred are African-Americans who served during the war in the Massachusetts 54th and 55th Infantry regiments. Their story was told in the movie “Glory.”
This statue was once an important Troy landmark. Now, few residents known of its existence.