Officials formally dedicate Goodnow School to fallen Civil War veterans

File photo by/Dakota Antelman

MARLBOROUGH – The Goodnow School in Marlborough has been full of students for most of a school year now. But on April 21, state and local officials filed into the state-of-the-art building to formally recognize its namesakes. 

Collectively, they dedicated the building in honor of three Civil War veterans – brothers Theodore, Andrew and Charles Goodnow. All three brothers were killed fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War. 

In August of last year, the City Council voted unanimously to name its new elementary school off Bolton St. after the Goodnow brothers. That decision followed city code, which states that all newly accepted streets, schools, parks, and publicly-owned buildings must be named for deceased Marlborough veterans.

The three brothers, despite all fighting for the Union, served in different units. 

Andrew Goodnow was a Corporal in the 25th Massachusetts Infantry Company E. Charles Goodnow served as a private in the 40th New York Infantry Company. And Theodore Goodnow served as a private in the 13th Massachusetts Infantry Company I. 

All three brothers are buried at Rocklawn Cemetery on Stevens Street.