The Civil War Veterans’ monument in Mount Hope Cemetery was erected in September 1908, and unveiled on September 25 of that year. Statues of two soldiers stand atop a granite base. The older soldier holds a flag. The younger one holds a bugle. The bronze plaque on the base reads “1861 -1865. On Fame’s eternal camping ground/ Their silent tents are spread, /And glory guards with solemn round/ The bivouac of the dead.” The music for the verse completes the plaque. 6/18/18
Edmond Lyons Park., East Rochester. World War II monument. 4/5/17
Periodically, we revisit a theme of the magazine. We’ve written about wars and their connections to Rochester from the Civil War to the Iraq War, the latter in the context of a weekly peace vigil on the corner of East and Goodman.
Tinkertells the story of a Civil War reenactment in Henrietta. I brought an illustrated history book and participants posed in various scenes. The pageantry was impressive, although part of me feels reenactments can romanticize war.
Civil War cannon. Pittsford Cemetery. 4/5/17
Monumentsis about Spanish-American War monuments and what I learned when writing a dissertation on the Spanish-American War.
Otis is on Rochester’s most decorated soldier and a dubious statue in downtown Rochester.
War is a comprehensive look at World War I monuments and plaques. Cannon looks at the impact of World War I on the Rochester-Italian community. Château-Thierry includes a Centennial Remembrance in Mt. Hope Cemetery. When all was quiet looks at the last day of World War I.
Victoris a recounting of the heroics of a 94 year old World War II veteran. I missed Victor’s recent birthday party at Dunkin’ Donuts but happy to report he is going strong and still driving. After Parklandremembers Brighton High School’s fallen WWII soldiers.
The monuments of Koreaare especially relevant now that the North Korean government is returning the remains of American soldiers.
The presidency of Eisenhower and the Cold War is still relevant when read of possible new arms races with Russia and China.
The word Saratoga is shorthand for two battles that gave the coup de grace to the 1777 British invasion from Canada during the American Revolutionary War.
Davy Crockett (center), lifting his famous rifle Betsy, tries to beat off the Mexican troop outside the Alamo on March 6th, 1836. He was one of the 187 men who held the fortified San Antonia mission for 11 days against Santa Anna’s army of 3,000, but finally he and all the other defenders were dead. The painting is by the 19th-century Texan, Robert Onderdunk
Recreation of “Rebel Veterans furl the Stars and Bars for the last time before starting for home” from The Golden Book of the Civil War. “Monroe Wildcats” representing the 1st Tennessee Dismounted Cavalry. Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum 8/6/16
(left) Edward R. Crone Jr., Brighton High School Crossroads yearbook, 1941. Held at and scanned courtesy of Brighton Memorial Library; (right) Crone’s gravesite in Mt. Hope Cemetery, 12/15/18 [Photo: David Kramer
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join.
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