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Civil War Union statue found toppled in Saratoga Springs' Congress Park; Honored Bemis Heights Battalion

Civil War Union statue found toppled in Saratoga Springs' Congress Park; Honored Bemis Heights Battalion

Civil War Union statue found toppled in Saratoga Springs' Congress Park; Honored Bemis Heights Battalion
The statue Thursday morning
Photographer: Erica Miller/Staff Photographer

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A statue honoring a local Union regiment from the Civil War was found toppled and broken into pieces Thursday morning in Saratoga Springs' Congress Park.

The statue honors the 77th New York Volunteers lay at the base of its pedestal Thursday morning. 

The police were on scene. A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. 

Update: Saratoga Civil War statue demolished by vandals

The statue had stood overlooking Broadway. It was cast zinc and bronze painted and dedicated in 1875.

A plaque on the pedestal reads in part: "The Seventy-Seventh Regiment, New York Volunteers (Bemis Heights Battalion)" and gives the dates 1861 to 1865. "Took part in all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, also in the Battle of Fort Stevens at Washington, D.C. and in the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan."

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The statue as seen from Broadway on Google Street View:

 

 

 

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