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Continue This statue, called “The Standard Bearer,” was designed by Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson and dedicated in Goshen, New York on September 5, 1907 to honor the volunteer regiment from Orange County who fought in some of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Officially known as the 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, this group of volunteer soldiers fought at the Battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House and more. They would be present for Lee’s surrender at Appomattox before returning home as heroes. Author Stephen Crane grew up in Port Jervis amongst surviving members of the 124th and his classic novel, The Red Badge of Courage, is widely believed to be inspired by their accounts. Pictured above, you can see the surviving members in 1907, gathered on Goshen’s Main Street for the dedication of a monument to their honor.

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