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Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
Monument at Vicksburg, MS
National Military Park


The video above includes Tom Callinan (CT State Troubadour Emeritus), Terry Winschel (Historian - Vicksburg National Military
Park), Stacy Mathieu (Etching Artist - Mathieu Memorials, Southington, CT), Bob Larkin (Chairman - CT Monument Committee),
Mary Donohue (Grants Director - CT Commission on Culture & Tourism), Karen Senich (Exec Director - CT Commission
on Culture & Tourism & Representative of Gov Rell), Monika Mayr (Superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military
Park & Representing the Sec of the Interior) and Fr. Michael Kelleher Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Pascagoula, MS.

1990 US Senate legislation now allows a State of Connecticut monument to honor the Ninth Regiment
at the Vicksburg National Military Park Canal Area. The “expedition” to dig “Williams Canal”
resulted in the death of 150 men of the Ninth. While some 28 states have official monuments at the Park,
Connecticut is not yet represented. In May, 2005 Governor Rell signed a "proclamation letter" to the U. S. Department of Interior
authorizing the committee to proceed with a monument honoring the Ninth Regiment Connecticut
Volunteers at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

 

Progress Milestones
            4/18/05 - National Park Service letter sent to Gov Rell extending an invitation to place a
State of CT monument at the Vicksburg National Military Park
            5/20/05 - Letters from Gov Rell approves monument committee
            12/11/06 - Letter from Major General Thaddeus Martin, The Adjutant General, approves monument design
            5/9/07 - Dept of Interior (Washington DC) approves design with signature of Mary Bomar, Director of National Park Service
            6/19/07 - Contract Signed with Mathieu Memorial & Granite Works of Southington, CT
           

Major Financial Donors

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Knights of Columbus
AT&T – Connecticut
            William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

House Speaker, Rep James A. Amann  

Donated Time & Talent
        
Kerry Sheldon – Casual Clicks, Durham, CT - Composite Design Artist

            Tom Callinan – former CT State Troubadour
Jim Sheehan - Claddah Carver - Model of Monument & other Artwork
Milone & MacBroom - Engineering Drawings - Monument Plaza
  
Members of:
 Irish History Round Table
 Connecticut Irish American Historical Society
     Civil War Round Table of South Central Connecticut

The Ninth Regiment CT Volunteers monument design was developed by Mathieu Memorials & Granite
Works of Southington, CT in conjunction with Royal Melrose Granite of Cold Spring, MN. It employs a Jet Black
all polished centerpiece that stands 9’ 8” high. The two wings of Royal Emerald Green granite feature bronze
plaques providing the history of the regiment. The Jet Black granite base measures 10’ in width.


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