Nevada Veteran’s Coalition dedicates Trooper monument

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Joseph Maino, The Fernley Reporter

 

Three Civil War era cannons emitted ground shaking booms and belched white smoke that slowly drifted over veteran’s graves during the Trooper Dedication Ceremony at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery last Saturday, June 18.

The ceremony was held to dedicate the Trooper monument dedicated to the Civil War Union Army’s 1st Battalion Volunteer Calvary or the Nevada Territory Cavalry Volunteers. This was a unit raised for the Union army during the Civil War.

The event, sponsored by the Nevada Veteran’s Coalition, included special guests Col. Kat Miller, Director of the Nevada Department of Veteran’s Services; Caleb Gage (Nevada Homeland Security), Gen. M. Hanifan (Army National Guard) and Virginia City resident and vocalist Lacy J. Dalton, who sang the National Anthem and Amazing Grace.

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Attendees also enjoyed a cavalry charge by the 1st Nevada Volunteer Cavalry Civil War re-enactors.

Artist Scott Rogers created The Trooper bronze monument. His web page notes the “piece represents a United States military cavalry trooper during the 1880’s…” who were “Famed for their fierceness in battle…”.

Boy Scout Troop 103, headed by Noah Foist, landscaped the area surrounding the monument.

The ceremony held special meaning for area resident Robert Sedgwick. His relative, Major General John Sedgwick distinguished himself during the Civil War and Fort Sedgwick in Colorado was named after the General in 1865.

All photos by Joseph Maino, The Fernley Reporter

Nevada Homeland Security Advisor Caleb Cage and his son Arlo.
Nevada Homeland Security Advisor Caleb Cage and his son Arlo.
Col. Kat Miller, Director of the Nevada Department of Veteran's Services.
Col. Kat Miller, Director of the Nevada Department of Veteran’s Services.
Country singer and songwriter Lacy J. Dalton sang the National Anthem and Amazing Grace.
Country singer and songwriter Lacy J. Dalton sang the National Anthem and Amazing Grace.
Gen M. Hanifan speaks during the ceremony.
Gen M. Hanifan speaks during the ceremony.
Event attendee Robert Sedgwick's relative, Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick fought in the Civil War.
Event attendee Robert Sedgwick’s relative, Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick fought in the Civil War.
Civil War re-enactors Sandy and Bob Gallott.
Civil War re-enactors Sandy and Bob Gallott.
Artist Scott Rogers, Boy Scout Noah Foist and Brett Palmer (Nevada Veteran's Coalition) pose in front of The Trooper.
Artist Scott Rogers, Boy Scout Noah Foist and Brett Palmer (Nevada Veteran’s Coalition) pose in front of The Trooper.
Fernley Mayor Roy Edgington and Kimberly Benscoter.
Fernley Mayor Roy Edgington and Kimberly Benscoter.
Tom Harris and his horse, Shadow, are part of the 1st Nevada Volunteer Cavalry Civil War re-enactors.
Tom Harris and his horse, Shadow, are part of the 1st Nevada Volunteer Cavalry Civil War re-enactors.
The Trooper monument at the Northern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.
The Trooper monument at the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.
The charge of the 1st Nevada Volunteer Calvary Civil War re-enactors.
The charge of the 1st Nevada Volunteer Calvary Civil War re-enactors.
Three Civil War cannons delivered a volley of shots during the ceremony.
Three Civil War cannons delivered a volley of shots during the ceremony.

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