Jollytown Civil War Memorial – A Job Well Done

October 20, 2010 - 3 Comments

by Jim Barnes

On September 4, 2010, the Reenactorpost and the Sons of Union Veterans drove to Jollytown, PA and cleaned up the Jesse Taylor Civil War memorial and repainted the guns. The SUV commander, Matt Gillespie, had gotten Lowe’s in Buckhannon to knock 50% off the cost of two gallons of Rustoleum. One can was olive drab for the cannon carriage and black for the mortars and the iron parts of the Parrott Rifle. Mark Tennant, Bill Leonard and myself completed the crew.

There was a certain amount of elbow grease involved in sanding and preparing the surface, but the mortars were easy to paint and that part of the job went very quickly. The rifle was another story. Because we were using two different colors, we had to be a great deal more precise. I am, generally speaking, not too good at that. Bill cut the weeds around the monument and trimmed the flowers, which badly needed done. Overall, the job went well and I think the photos do a good job of showing the ‘before and after’ condition of the memorial. The site looks much better despite the junk trucks which a neighbor has parked around it.

This was a project that we had been talking about for over a year and now have thankfully completed. In a subsequent call to Gary Wise, our contact in the area, I learned that the work was much appreciated and the general feeling was that it couldn’t have been done much better. Hopefully, we have succeeded in increasing the lifespan of the memorial.

Obviously, a more permanent plan needs to be developed for the site. New and younger people need to be involved so that a solid, long-term schedule becomes a reality. Hopefully, this will become a reality. But, one step at a time.  For now, we can enjoy this first step.

Comments (3)

Matt Gillespie

October 26th, 2010 at 11:12 am    

Thanks for placing this article on the Post. I enjoyed doing the restoration as well as the company. As the day progressed, I was impressed with the improvement in your painting skills. You went from worlds worst painter to not bad at all. I am very hopeful we can do something like this again.

Jim Barnes

October 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm    

Well, my living room needs painted…but that is probably not what you are talking about… 🙂

Matt Gillespie

November 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am    

Jim, I can always count on you to add a smile to my day! Thanks.
P.S. I think you’ll do fine on your living room.

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