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Forlorn Soldier (Blue Hills, Connecticut)


The Forlorn Soldier is a deteriorated Union soldier statue with his rifle, hands, and lower face missing. The statue was completed by James G. Batterson's stone yard and monument business. Batterson is also known for co-designing the Connecticut State Capitol and establishing Travelers Insurance. When Batterson sold the stone yard to the Kelly Brothers in 1895, the soldier was left behind and placed at Charter Oak Avenue. In 1968, the statue was moved to Airport Road in Hartford before reaching its current location at the Connecticut State Capitol in 2013. The monument's restoration and relocation to the Capitol were funded by the Kelly family and Travelers Foundation. The statue's original purpose remains a mystery, but it is rumored that the statue was rejected as a monument because of the feet positioning.

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