Civil War statue honoring the 77th Saratoga Infantry to be relocated to Convention Park
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEW10) – On Saturday, Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced that the NY 77e The regimental monument will be relocated in Congress Park on Tuesday, November 16. Police say the monument was damaged by vandalism in July 2020, requiring extensive repairs.
Officers on patrol discovered the broken statue on July 16, Thursday around 3:30 a.m. No arrests were made in connection with the damage, police said.
While the statue was repaired and returned a few months ago, Scirocco says he has coordinated with the company to return to install it, while making improvements to the landscaping. Sirocco said he made sure new security systems were installed in the park, as a priority before installation.
According to Scirocco, the repair costs totaled $ 58,218, which had been covered by the city’s insurance program. Scirocco says community donations totaling $ 14,215.90 were also made, which were used for landscaping and safety improvements.
The donations were organized by the New York State 150th Anniversary Committee and Col. George L. Willard’s camp # 154, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, says Scirocco. The statue was built in 1875 and donated to the city, in honor of the 77th Infantry Regiment known as the Saratoga Regiment.
The Seventy-Seventh New York Volunteer Regiment consists of infantrymen from the Bemis Heights Battalion, Third Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865, Scirocco said.
The 77th Infantry Regiment participated in all of the Army of the Potomac’s campaigns, which also included the Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, DC, and the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan.