Brigadier General Peter Gansevoort
Title: Brigadier General Peter Gansevoort
Creator: Emilio F. Piatti
Medium: bronze, granite
Dimensions: 84 inches (height) x 48 inches (width); Base: 92 inches (height) x 111 inches (width) x 111 inches (depth), approximately
Description: Continental Army Colonel Peter Gansevoort stands firm. His right hand is thrown back scornfully, holding the letter demanding his surrender. His opponent, British Army Officer Barry St. Leger, just demanded that he surrender his troops at Fort Stanwix. This monument captures a moment just before a famous event in local Revolutionary War history: the 1777 siege of Fort Stanwix. Gansevoort refused to yield, and after 21 days the British retreated to Canada. Gansevoort commanded New York's 3rd regiment. In 1809 he was recognized as a Brigadier General in the US Army. This monument was a gift from the hero's granddaughter, Mrs. Abraham Lansing, dedicated on November 8, 1906. Oneida County is home to a wide array of statuary such as this. Some of the best known are the figures along the Memorial Parkway in Utica. There you’ll find more war heroes such as Pulaski and von Steuben, along with civic leaders like Sherman and Proctor. Others are honored there in war memorials and monuments honoring 9/11 and police and firefighters. There are also Civil War monuments in Utica, Rome, Verona, and Sangerfield. Oriskany has a monument to the Revolutionary War battle held there, as well. You can also see Alexander Hamilton on the campus of Hamilton College, and George Washington at the Utica Public Library.
Inscription: "BRIGADIER GENERAL/PETER/GANSEVOORT JR./COLONEL IN THE CONTINENTAL/ARMY SERVED IN CANADA WITH/MONTGOMERY IN 1775 IN CAMPAIGN/AGAINST QUEBEC. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED FORT STANWIX IN 1777 AGAINST THE/ALLIED BRITISH AND INDIAN FORCES/UNDER ST. LEGER PREVENTING THEIR/JUNCTION WITH BUGOYNE AT/SARATOGA. HE TOOK PART IN THE/CAMPAIGN OF 1779 UNDER GENERAL/SULLIVAN. HE WAS IN ACTIVE COMMAND/AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE WAR OF 1812/AND DIED JULY 2ND 1812 AT THE AGE OF/SIXTY THREE YEARS" (carved into front of granite base); "ERECTED/AT THE REQUEST OF/PETER GANSEVOORT/HENRY S. GANSEVOORT USA/AND/ABRAHAM LANSING/ALL OF/ALBANY NY/AD 1906 (carved into back of granite base); "AUBRY BROS/FOUNDERS NY 1906" (on base of sculpture); "E. F. Piatti - Sc NY 1905" (on base of sculpture)
Subject: Public art, Monuments, Gansevoort, Peter, 1749-1812
Rights: This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.
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Save Outdoor Sculpture, New York survey, 1994.
Location: Gansevoort Park, in front of the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street, Rome