story of the 306' tower designed and constructed in a Victorian
tradition similar to the Washington and Bunker Hill monuments, to
commemorate the 1777 Battle of Bennington, victorious prelude to
the Battles of Saratoga, turning point of the American Revolution.
Contemporary newspaper reportage from the cornerstone rites in 1887,
through the setting of the capstone in 1889, to the dedication in
1891 (Vermont's Statehood Centennial.)
of period luminaries including Presidents Hayes and Harrison; views
of other General Burgoyne campaign sites; 1927 celebratory poem;
fascinating facts list; and vertigo-inducing photo essay that answers
the question "How do they change the light bulb up there?"
vintage and twenty-two modern black and white photos; five sketches
of rejected designs; prints, engravings and antique postcards; map
of other historic markers on Monument Circle; and, as endpapers,
an 1887 birdseye view of Bennington featuring the monument (when
only the cornerstone was actually in place!)
Information: 7" x 11"; 64 pages; Over 50 photographs,
sketches, maps and prints.
ISBN 1-884592-00-7 Paperback: $9.95.
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