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Sculptor of the 9th New York Cavalry Monument
Born: 1834 Died: August 22nd, 1899
Buberl was born in Konigsberg Bohemia the son of a prominent sculptor. As a young man Buberl studied art at Prague and Vienna before immigrating to the United States in 1854. Buberl would do many works in the United States. In an artical published on May 26th, 1894 the author would comment "he has put up more soldiers' monuments than any other man who ever lived, and though all of his work is not of high order, his public commissions have been so numerous that one marvels how he has had time to fill them."
Buberl's works at Gettysburg include:
9th New York Cavalry Monument - dedicated July 1, 1888.
4th New York Independant Battery - dedicated July 2, 1888 (now gone due to vandals)
5th New York Cavalry Monument - dedicated July 3, 1888
126th New York Monument - dedicated October 3, 1888 (bronze bas-relief of Eliakim Sherrill)
10th New York Cavalry Monument - dedicated October 9, 1888
54th New York infantry Monument - dedicated July 4, 1890
111th New York Infantry Monument - dedicated June 26, 1891
New York State Monument in the National Cemetery - dedicated July 2, 1893
41st New York infantry Monument - dedicated July 2, 1893
52nd New York Infantry Monument - dedicated July 3, 1893.
The above list of Gettysburg monuments and bas-reliefs sculpted by Buberl indicate how busy he was sculpting monuments. One of his most famous works was the James A. Garfield monument located in Clevland Ohio.
Buberl was found dead in his studio located at 500 East One Hundred and Fortieth Street in New York city. His wife preceded him in death by several years.
As I study Buberl's works on the Gettysburg battlefield, I find very few are actually signed by him. I have included the incised base of the 111th New York Infantry where Buberl had signed the sculpture for reference.
One of Buberl's best works at Gettysburg, the 111th New York Infantry Monument.
The signed base of the 111th New York Infanty Monument. Buberl would complete the clay model in 1889 although the monument would not be dedicated until 1891. An original program from the dedication of the 9th New York Cavalry monument at Gettysburg. Published after the dedication, it was sold to veterans for .35 cents. It is miss dated. The dedication was held on July 1st 1888 although the program is dated July 2nd 1888.In a letter dated May 13, 1888 veterans are urged to attend the dedication. Also, funds were needed to pay for the monument. A.C. Robertson of Harmony, Chaut. Co. New York the regimental secretary adds "Comrades, there is still a deficiency in funds to pay for our monument at Gettysburg.....There is still an opportunity, and is there one of us who can not and will not be glad to give a dollar or fifty cents towards this only memorial that will ever be erected to the Glorious Old 9th."
Next time your at Gettysburg stop and take a look at the 9th New York Cavalry Monument.
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