PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – A Civil War Monument that has stood in Patchogue since 1870 has returned after being removed for repair work last spring. The sculpture, which features a solider standing with his rifle, features the names of over 180 Patchogue residents who served during in the Civil War. It is one of 86 replica zinc monuments that exist around the United States. The statue was originally commissioned and designed by Edwin Bailey, a Civil War veteran and Patchogue resident. It stood on the grounds of the former Patchogue High School, which was on Academy Street, until it was moved to its current location in the 1920’s.
A crack in the base caused the sculpture to lean backward and put it at risk of collapsing. Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco secured $30,000 in Suffolk County historical preservation funds to have the monument restored. Members of the Sons of the Union Soldier are raising money to reimburse the Village of Patchogue for additional funds that they outlaid toward the project. Local organizations such as the Patchogue Elks Lodge have supported their fundraising efforts. The monument was sent to the McKay Lodge Art Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio. The lab specializes in preserving artwork and sculptures.
“Patchogue’s Civil War Soldier has stood guard for almost 150 years and highlights an important part of Patchogue’s history. It is important that we preserve and maintain the monuments that honor the legacy of the veterans who served and sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Calarco. “We could not have paid for this restoration without the support of all seventeen of my colleagues in the Legislature. I want to thank them for their support for this project.”