WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Westfield commemorated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War on Monday; a conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 14,000 soldiers from Massachusetts.
The event was marked by the placing of a wreath at the foot of the Westfield Civil War Monument near the Park Square Green downtown. Seventy-two Union soldiers from Westfield were killed during the war.
Local historian Stephen Jendrysik said that the Union cause had particular meaning for many people in Westfield. “Westfield was a very strong abolitionist town, and supported the war incredibly well,” he said.
Westfield’s Civil War Monument has been a downtown landmark since it was built in 1871.