In front of the Silsby Pubic Library in Charlestown, New Hampshire sits a memorial to both the Civil War and World War I. The Civil War monument was placed earlier, unveiled on 6 October 1911. At that time there was no inkling that only a few years later another war, the World War, would erupt in Europe.
After the Armistice of 1918, a list was compiled and a bronze tablet bearing the names of Charlestown citizens who had served in World War I was added to the west face (rear) in 1929. The monument reads as follows, with an asterisk (star) denoting the soldier who did not return home. [Editor’s note, the comments in parentheses in the following list do not exist on the original monument, as they are notes I have added to show their service regiments. The names in brackets are those who claimed Charlestown NH as their home but they are not listed on the Charlestown NH plaque]. Continue reading