The Fort Edwards Foundation of Capon Bridge, West Virginia
Memorial Brick Patio
Our team of Carl Conrad
(kneeling), Tracey Edwards and Bill Carl are hard at work figuring out
the artistic layout of our patio of Memorial Bricks. The pattern is a
bit difficult, but they have the plan figured out.
The layout has the names of
the men killed in the Battle of Great Cacapehon in the center of the
patio. Since Capt. John Fenton Mercer and Ensign Thomas Carter are the
only ones whose names we know, the soldiers have this brick (on the
right) for their marker. In colonial times the names of the common
soldiers were seldom remembered.
Beyond these bricks are the
ones with the names of our wonderful benefactors who contributed so
generously to our Finishing Fund Campaign. Their names radiate out from
the center as shown here on one corner of the patio. The string marks
the diagonal line.
The piles of bricks around
the edges of the concrete base are the plain bricks that will fill in
the space between the name bricks. It is a laborious task that stretches
the skill of our bricklayer, but we expect to have a patio of which all
our members can be extremely proud.
Next to the patio is our
new Kitchen Garden with the monument to the soldiers and settlers killed
in the French and Indian War in Hampshire County. This is the only
monument to soldiers and settlers of Hampshire County who lost
their lives in war before the American Revolution. It is part of
The Fort Edwards Foundation's endeavor to remember and to teach our
citizens of the price our forebears paid to give us the land and nation
we have today.
updated: May 6, 2008
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