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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

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Major Mark Park

Soldiers and Sailors Monument map_it

History

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Located in the center of the park, this bronze angel figure commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors from Queens who died during the Civil War.  Alsatian-born and French-trained sculptor Frederic Wellington Ruckstull (1853–1942) created the piece in 1896, which is located within Major Mark Park in Queens.  The allegorical piece contains symbols of victory (the laurel wreath in the left hand) and peace (the palm frond in the right hand) that are typical of war memorials from the period.

Ruckstull completed a number of Civil War monuments for both Northern and Southern communities; it is interesting to note that this monument appears to be the model for a similar piece the artist created to commemorate the South Carolina Women of the Confederacy.  Sculptor Ruckstull also cast the original bronze pieces for the Dongan Oak Marker (1922) in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park as well as the Wisdom and Force statues (both 1900) featured outside Manhattan’s Appellate Court building at Madison Avenue and 25th Street.

In 1960 the monument, then situated in a small traffic island, was moved to Major Mark Park.  In 1996 the monument was conserved through the Adopt-A-Monument Program, a joint venture of the Municipal Art Society, Parks and the New York City Art Commission.

Photo of Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Major Mark Park

Soldiers and Sailors Monument Details

  • Location: 173rd Street and Hillside
  • Sculptor: Frederick Wellington Ruckstull
  • Description: Standing angel figure (over life-size) holding a laurel wreath in her left hand and a palm bough in her right,, on integral plinth on pedestal
  • Materials: Bronze; Westerly granite
  • Dimensions: Figure H: 10'9"; Pedestal H: 10' W: 3'6" D: 3'6"
  • Cast: 1896
  • Dedicated: 1896

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

Park Information

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Major Mark Park Weather

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    Light Snow
    26°F
  • Wed
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    30°F
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
    29°F
  • Fri
    Chance Flurries
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