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Catholic Total Abstinence Union Fountain








Catholic Total Abstinence Union Fountain
Herman Kirn, 1876
* Five statues and six carved portraits of John Barry, Charles Carroll, John Carroll, Comte de Grasse, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Marquis de Lafayette, Theobald Matthew, George Gordon Meade, Moses, Orono and Casimir Pulaski
* big standing people, heads, tablet, rocks lion heads
* There is a blank portrait oval labeled Moylan on the West side.
* inscription:
John Barry
First Commodore of the United States Navy
Born in 1745 in Wexford Co. Ireland
Died September 13, 1803 at Philadelphia
During the Revolutionary War he distinguished himself greatly. He filled the various commands entrusted to him with skill and gallantry. When unable to fight on the ocean he obtained command of a company of volunteers and fought against the enemy on land. Among his exploits was the capture upon May 28, 1781 of two English vessels, the Atalanta and Trespasa, after a hotly contested action with his own ship the Alliance.
In January 1776 he commanded the brig Lexington, the first regular cruiser that got to sea under the authority of the Continental Congress and the vessel that first carried the American flag upon the ocean.
Charles Carroll
of Carrollton
Signer of the Declaration Independence
Born September 20, 1737 at Annapolis, Maryland
Died November 14, 1832 at Baltimore, Maryland
To obtain religious as well as civil liberty I entered zealously into the revolution. God grant that this religious liberty may be preserved in these states to the end of time.
-Charles Carroll
"Your soldiers will be masters of the spot only on which they encamp. They will find naught but enemies before and around them. If we are beaten on the plains, we will retreat to our mountains. and defy them."
"We have made up our minds to abide the issue of the approaching struggle and though much blood may be spilt we have no doubt of our ultimate success."

-Charles Carroll
Rev. John Carroll
A commissioner of the Continental Congress
Born Jan. 8, 1735 at Upper Marlboro, Md.
Died Dec. 3 1815 at Baltimore, Md
"The Archbishop's patriotism was as decided as his piety. He loved Republicanism. He had joined with heart and judgement in the Revolution and retained without abatement of confidence or favor the cardinal sympathies upon which he then acted."
Address of Robert Walsh
May these United States flourish in pure and undefiled religion, in morality, peace, union, and liberty, and the enjoyment of their excellent Constitution, so long as respect, honor and veneration shall gather around the name of Washington. That is whilst there shall be any surviving record of human events." John Carroll
Father Matthew
The Apostle of Temperance
Born Oct. 10, 1790 in Tipperary Co. Ireland
Died Dec. 8, 1856 in Cork Co. Ireland
How Congress Honored Him
Upon December 19th 1849
Rev. Theobald Matthew
was by a special resolution invited to a privileged seat upon the floor of the House of Representatives.
Upon December 20th 1849
The Senate Accorded to him a similar privilege - an honor which previous to that time had been conferred on Lafayette only.
That resolution is an homage to humanity, to philanthropy, to virtue
Henry Clay
This illustrious benefactor of the human race and our own country
Wm. H. Seward
He comes among us on a mission of benevolence - it is a noble mission and well he is fulfilling it.
Lewis Gass
He comes here upon a great mission which commands the admiration and sympathy of all men.
Stephen A. Douglas
There is love, purity and fidelity inscribed upon the banner that he bears.
Sam Houston

* Avenue of the Republic and States Street.
* 39.982400,-75.219650 [map]
* On the West Park tour.
* Exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+Pictures of this piece from the Philadelphia Archdiocese Historical Research Center
+National Gallery of Art page for this piece
+ushistory.org's Commodore Barry page
+ushistory.org's Charles Carroll page
+wikipedia.org's John Carroll page
+wikipedia.org's Comte de Grasse page
+wikipedia.org's Tadeusz Kosciuszko page
+wikipedia.org's Marquis de Lafayette page
+wikipedia.org's Theobald Matthew page
+wikipedia.org's George Meade page
+history of the Penobscot Indians
+wikipedia.org's Casimir Pulaski page