However, it was determined more was needed in Newburyport and on June 17, 1913, a small plaza with brass tablets made by Albert Russell and Sons was unveiled behind the statue. The names of Newburyport’s sons who fought in the Civil War on land and sea, along with President Lincoln’s famous speech at the dedication of the Soldiers’ Cemetery at Gettysburg, Penn., are cast into the brass.
Currently, the Belleville Improvement Society, which has always had the charge of Atkinson Common, is undertaking a restoration process.
The flooring had not aged well with years of water and ice damage.
It’s been removed and a new drainage systems and a new floor will eventually be in place.
The plan is to have the whole area ready for the 100th anniversary of the tablets in June 2013, just under seven months away.
I would like anyone who respects history and veterans to consider any donation they too can make for this endeavor.