General Griffin A. Stedman Monument – Completed
General Griffin A. Stedman (1838-1864)
Section 1, Lot 40
Born in Hartford, Griffin A. Stedman graduated from Trinity College in 1859 and began a law career in Philadelphia shortly thereafter. Following the attack at Fort Sumter, Stedman returned to Connecticut to join the Fourteenth U.S. Infantry in Hartford. The Fourteenth was later disbanded and Stedman was appointed a captain in the Fifth regiment of Connecticut Volunteers.
Stedman fought in many battles and campaigns including Antietam, Fredericksburg and Cold Harbor. He quickly moved up the ranks to Colonel and became commander of the 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. During a skirmish after the second battle at Petersburg, Stedman was mortally wounded. He lay dying for 24 hours, and it was during this time that he was promoted to the rank of general. He died on August 6, 1864.
General Griffin A. Stedman was laid to rest with full military honors in Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut. Eleven years later, he was disinterred from Cedar Grove and reinterred in the family lot at Cedar Hill Cemetery. His memorial is an elaborately carved sarcophagus of military design by English-born sculptor John M. Moffit. Military mementos lay across the bier: a flag, hat, belt and sword. The names of all of the battles in which Stedman fought are carved into the monument. Bronze handles shaped like wreaths are located on the sides and end of the monument.
In October of 2016, Conserve Art LLC cleaned the bronze wreath ornaments and applied a protective coating to inhibit future deterioration. The granite monument was lightly washed and will be more thoroughly cleaned in the spring of 2017.