One of Petersburg's famous landmarks is the McRae Monument In Blandford Cemetery, erected in 1856 by the citizens of Petersburg over the grave of Captain Richard McRae, honoring him and the Petersburg Volunteers in the War of 1812.
This company won distinction during service in Canada and especially in the siege and battle of Fort Meigs. It is due to their valor that the city won the title of the "Cockade City of the Union."
The monument is surmounted by an American Eagle cov- ered with 23 karat gold. It suffered serious damage from Federal cannonading during The War Between the States. However it and its surrounding fences have been restored by the Cockade City Garden Club.
The monument carries the names of all the officers and privates of Captain McRae's company, showing who were wounded, died, killed in action, or promoted.
An interesting cast iron fence surrounds the monument which is designed to show the arms used in war at that time.
On each corner is a battle-axe, while the frontal design is that of the national emblem with wings spread and three furl- ed flags on both sides.
On the fence can be found the Cockade hats, muskets, swords, powder horns, belts, and bullet pouch, a drum and cannon balls.
Around the top of this fence are seventeen stars denoting the the number of states then in the Union and these are also in the American shield, which adorns the center of this ten- foot column.
"(General Orders) Headquarters Detroit
17th October 1813
The term of service for which the Petersburg Volunteers
were engaged, having expired, they are permitted to commence their march to Virginia as soon as they can be transported to the South side of the Lake.
In granting discharge to this Patriotic and Gallant Corps
the General feels at a loss for words of adequate to convey his sense of their exalted merits. Almost exclusively composed of individuals who had been nursed in the laps of ease, they have for twelve months borne the hardships and privations of Military life, in the midst of an inhospitable wilderness, with a cheerfulness and alacrity which has never been surpassed. --- --- Their conduct in the field has been excelled by no other corps! and whilst in camp they have set an example of Subordination and Respect for Military Authority to the whole Army. The General requests Captain McRae, his Subalterns, non-commissioned Officers and privates to accept his warmest thanks ----- and bids them an affectionate Farewell.
Acting Assistant Adjutant General