SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEW10) – On Saturday, the Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced that the New York’s 77th Regiment Monument will be re-installed in Congress Park, on Tuesday, November 16. According to police, the monument was damaged by vandalism in July of 2020, which required extensive repairs.
Officers on patrol discovered the statue toppled over on the ground and broken apart, on July 16, around 3:30 a.m. Police say the vandalism resulted in several sections of the statue being broken off into pieces. No arrests have been made in connection with the damage said police.
Scirocco says the statue has been repaired and returned a few months ago, but he has been coordinating with the company to come back and install it while making landscaping improvements. Sirocco said he has also ensured the installation of new security systems in the park be in place before the statue is returned.
According to Scirocco, repair costs totaled $58,218, which had been covered under the City’s insurance program. Scirocco says community donations totaling $14,215.90 were also made, that were used for landscaping and security improvements.
Donations were organized by the New York State Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the Col. George L. Willard Camp #154, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War says Scirocco. The statue was built in 1875 and donated to the City, in honor of the 77th infantry known as the Saratoga Regiment.
The Seventy-Seventh Regiment of New York Volunteers consists of infantry soldiers from the Bemis Heights Battalion, Third Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865 said Scirocco.
The 77th Rigiment of Infantry soldiers took part in all campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, which also included the Battle of Fort Stevens at Washington, D.C., and in the Campaign in the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan.