Mt. Hope's Civil War memorial is a 22 feet high bronze monument by Sally James Farnham, a gifted American sculptor and student of Frederick Remington.
The Civil War not only affected relations among the living, but among the dead as well. In 1862, Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated to the memory of those who fell in battle. This was among the first such national memorials to create sacred ground where, without regard to race, rank, or gender, even rows of white marble flat stones were drawn up in formation to evoke a simple grandeur. In Mt. Hope and other cemeteries, special sections have been set aside for veterans and those who gave their life defending their country. Students and alumni of the University of Rochester will be found here, as well as in the Rochester section, and in many family gravesites.
On fame's eternal camping grounds,
Their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn rounds
The bivouac of the dead.
Theodore O'Hara (1820–1867)