Jul 21

The statue to Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth outside of the Livingston County Courthouse in Geneseo, New York. This view was taken at approximately 11:30 AM on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, by David Sanderson.

James S. Wadsworth was born in Geneseo, New York, a small village outside of Rochester. Today we will show you some photos of the statue of Wadsworth and the location of his grave. Licensed Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski previously covered Wadsworth in his Gettysburg Idols series. Thank you to Gettysburg Daily reader David Sanderson for the photographs for this posting.

The Wadsworth statue is a recent addition to the grounds in front of the courthouse as far as Civil War statues go.  Does it look familiar? This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.
The fundraising process and approval to build the statue here began as early as 2001. The statue is a replica of the 9-foot statue to Wadsworth that sits on the Gettysburg battlefield and is almost identical to R. Hinton Perry’s 1914 version. This view was taken at approximately 11:30 AM on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, by David Sanderson.

The statue was dedicated in 2008. This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.
This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.

This view was taken at approximately 11:30 AM on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, by David Sanderson.

The good condition of the Wadsworth statue outside the Livingston County Courthouse has not carried over to Wadsworth’s grave in Temple Hill Cemetery (also in Geneseo). This red maple tree has grown over much of the tomb. This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.

Though Wadsworth is well-known as a Brigadier General and that is the ranking reflected on his tomb, after his death at the Battle of the Wilderness he was given a Brevet promotion to Major General. This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.
This view was takenat approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.
Also in bad shape is the lettering for the different battles that Wadsworth served in during the Civil War. Gettysburg as you can see is missing its “B.” This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.
Four cannon used to rest at each corner of the tomb, though this is the only one that remains. The rest have been carried off or damaged by vandals over the years. This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.
Our thanks again to Gettysburg Daily reader David Sanderson for these photos. This view was taken at approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2011, by David Sanderson.


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