Hawley Monument – Completed
A graduate of Hamilton College, Joseph Roswell Hawley practiced law in Hartford. He later worked in the newspaper business, eventually purchasing the Hartford Courant, which he co-edited with Charles Dudley Warner. Hawley enlisted in the Union Army as a Captain at the start of the Civil War. He served in 13 battles and as military governor of Wilmington, North Carolina. He mustered out of service as a Major General in 1866. After the war he became active in politics, serving as Governor of Connecticut, U. S. Congressman and U. S. Senator. He died in Washington, D. C. in 1905.
Noted Hartford architect George Keller designed the Hawley monument, which is in the shape of a Celtic cross. The Hartford Courant noted that Hawley’s widow selected the cross, with its sturdy simplicity, to reflect the character of her husband. The granite monument features a heraldic shield with the words “Hawley, Statesman, Soldier, Patriot,” inscribed. Above the shield is the badge of the Tenth Army Corps. Branches of laurel and oak, signifying Hawley’s enduring fame surround the lower part of the shield. A general’s sword and gloves, executed in bronze, lie at the base of the cross.
Conservation Treatment of the Bronze Ornament: Completed
Conservator Francis Miller cleaned the decorative bronze, added minimal artists’ pigments to enhance the artwork’s sculptural detail, and applied a protective coating to inhibit future deterioration. To complement the conservation of the bronze elements, Cemetery staff cleaned the granite monument to address soiled areas and biological growth.