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General Alfred Terry - Hartford, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 45.829 W 072° 40.946
18T E 692649 N 4626149
Quick Description: A statue of General Alfred Terry is located on second elevation of the south façade of State Capitol Building in Hartford, CT.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 8/24/2013 5:50:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMHXJY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
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Long Description:

The State Capitol Building in Hartford has several sculptures of Connecticut heroes. The marble statue of General Alfred Terry is in a niche on second elevation of the south side of the building. The 6' high statue of the General was created by Hermon A. MacNeil in 1934.

General Alfred Terry is wearing a long beard and in military uniform. He stands erect, the rightmost of three figures, in a Gothic style marble niche. He is wearing a double breasted belted coat, epaulets, and long boots and is holding a large hat in his bent right arm next to his right shoulder. His left hand is resting on the hilt of a sword. The marble plinth is inscribed: TERRY

Alfred Howe Terry was born on November 10, 1827 in Hartford, CT and was raised in New Haven CT. He graduated from the Hopkins School in New Haven and attending Yale Law School. He practiced law and was the clerk of the Superior Court of New Haven County.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Alfred Terry was appointed colonel of the 2nd Connecticut Infantry Regiment. After fighting in the battle of First Bull Run in July 1861, the regiment was transferred to South Carolina. Back in Connecticut, Colonel Terry organized an the elite 7th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and was appointed brigadier general in April 1862.

Terry took part in the siege of Charleston in 1863 and later captured Fort Wagner in September 1863. In 1864, his unit was sent to Virginia as the redesignated 1st Division, X Corps. They fought at in the campaigns around Richmond. Terry then fought during the Siege of Petersburg at the Battle of New Market Heights, September 1864. Terry achieved his greatest in North Carolina when he captured Fort Fisher and was promoted to major general of volunteers and brigadier general in the Union army. He then successfully completed the Carolina campaign.

General Terry emerged from the Civil War with the reputation of being one of the most capable generals with no previous military training. He died on December 16, 1890 in New Haven, CT and buried in Grove Street Cemetery.

Union or Confederacy: Union - North

General's Name: General Alfred Terry

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