The monument is located in Edwards Park (near Deering Oaks Park), at the intersections of High Street, Park Avenue, and Forest Avenue, on the Park Street side.
ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
MAJ. GEN. CLARENCE R. EDWARDS
BELOVED COMMANDER OF THE
BORN DIED JANUARY 1 [YD Symbol] FEBRUARY 14 1860 26 TH. DIV. 1931
ERECTED AND DEDICATED ON
THIS SITE EDWARDS PARK
PORTLAND ME. JUNE 27, 1937
Granite marker with bronze plaque.
Portland, Maine, Yankee Division Club
Located in the small, triangular patch of grass known as Edwards Park, located across from the Portland Post Office on Park Avenue, this rectangular granite monument, with a rounded top edge, is set inside a raised patch of grass, framed by granite pavers. The monument features a bronze plaque inscribed to Major General Clarence R. Edwards, the Commander of the Yankee Division (26th) of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during WWI. The plaque features a symbol with the letter Y inside of a letter D, signifying the Yankee Division, formed in August of 1917. In combat longer than any other American Division, the infamous Yankee Division--comprised of soldiers from the six New England states--was the first US National Guard unit (and the first complete American Division) to arrive in France.
A description of the memorial is given in the 1940 WPA Portland City Guide, and the entry notes that at one time (at least through 1940), the emblem of the Yankee Division was "worked into the ornamental flower circle on the High Street angle of the park” (pp. 241-242).
"Portland, Maine: Major General Clarence R. Edwards Memorial (Edwards Park)" (2015). Cumberland. 5.
For More Information:
To learn more about the 26th, or "Yankee," Division, which Maj. Gen. Edwards commanded during WWI, see: https://worldwar1letters.wordpress.com/the-adventure-unfolds/watchful-waiting-1917/26th-yankee-division/ See also: Michael E. Shay, Revered Commander, Maligned General: The Life of Clarence Ransom Edwards, 1859-1931 (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2011). Edwards' papers are at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Portland, Maine: Major General Clarence R. Edwards Memorial (Edwards Park)