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May
07

Connecticut History statues by H. A. MacNeil ~~ “General Alfred Howe Terry” and “Major General John Sedgwick”

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  We have recently learned that a large group of MacNeil statues (7) rest on the Gothic sculpture niches of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.The carvings represent important persons and events in American and Connecticut history.  Here are two examples of these works commissioned in the 1930’s:

<= General Alfred Howe Terry statue.

Location: Connecticut State Capitol, south elevation.

Artist: Hermon MacNeil.

General Alfred Howe Terry (1827-1890) was born in Hartford Connecticut. He was one of 15 officers to receive the “Thanks of Congress” for his part in capturing Fort Fisher, North Carolina during the Civil War (1865)∗ The Union Army’s capture of this Fort ended the Confederate’s ability to use Wilmington, North Carolina as a shipping port, and was therefore a significant victory. Terry later led U.S. troops against the Plains Indians, and was in command of the expedition against the Sioux when Colonel George A. Custer was killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn (June 1876). He retired from the Army due to illness in 1888, and died two years later.

The statue was commissioned under the supervision of the state Commission on Sculpture and was installed about 1934. A cleaning and restoration project of the exterior of the capitol, including the Welles statue, was completed in 1985.  The artist, Hermon MacNeil, is best known for his design for the Liberty quarter dollar (1916). His naturalistic style, with high modeling and surface texture, reflects his Parisian training at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His works are included in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [∗ Boman, John (Ed.), 2001. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography. Accessed March 23, 2009 via iConn at http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=24F18006Terry&site=ehost-live. ] [ Information provided by Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT WAR MEMORIALS ]

General John Sedgwick occupies a niche alongside the statues of Gideon Welles and General Alfred Howe Terry.

<= Major General John Sedgwick statue

Location: Connecticut State Capitol, south elevation.

Artist: Hermon MacNeil

Continuing the Civil War Era theme of the south elevation, the statue of Major General John Sedgwick occupies a niche alongside the statues of Gideon Welles and General Alfred Howe Terry.

General John Sedgwick (1813-1864) was born in Cornwall, Connecticut. His grandfather served with George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Sedgwick served with distinction in the Mexican-American War, and was promoted to Major General during the Civil War (July, 1862). He was killed when shot by Confederate sharpshooters at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House May 9, 1864, during his command of the VI Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

[ Information provided by Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT WAR MEMORIALS ]

Other works by Hermon MacNeil at the Capitol include: Gideon Wells, Oliver Wolcott, David Humphreys, and General David Wooster.

Images of these works will be posted at a later date.

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Here is ONE place to go to see sculpture of Hermon A. MacNeil & his students. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and private, these creations point us toward the history and values that root Americans.

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