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Civil War Monument

At the close of the Civil War, the Honorable Toppan Robie paid for this 22 foot monument in front of the Free Meeting House.
This monument was built in 1865 and dedicated in 1866 to honor the 57 men from Gorham who sacrificed their lives in the War.

Here is more information on this Civil War Memorial at The Maine Civil War Sesquicentennial website at maine.gov
Frederick Robie gave the ornamental iron fence which surrounds the monument.
In 1961, the Robie family presented it to the State of Maine for use by the Gorham Teachers College.
Today, this building is the University's Art Gallery
The inscription on the stone says:

"Erected By Hon. Toppan Robie
To The Memory of The Sons of Gorham
Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Their Country
In The Great Rebellion of 1861 - 1866
Fence given by Col. F. Robie"

Book of the Dedication Exercises of the Civil War Monument
October 18, 1866
Includes a list of the soldiers who had died in the Civil War.