Original marker:The officers and crew attached to the U. S. Steamer Lancaster, Flag Officer J. B. Montgomery, on her first cruise in these seas, erect this monument in memory of shipmates who died and are buried here.
Bronze marker added after 1915:
This monument was erected on Flamenco Island, Panama Bay, by the officers and crew of the U.S.S. Lancaster to perpetuate the memory of nine shipmates who died during the years 1860 and 1861.
In 1911, the monument was transferred to Ancon Cemetery, Isthmian Canal Zone and in 1915 it was further transferred to Arlington National Cemetery.
Both of these transfers having been made necessary by the military development of the Flamenco and Ancon sites.
When removed from Flamenco Island, fifty years after its erection, no vestige of bodies was found.
Around the base of the statue are engraved the names of the lost Lancaster crewmen:
John McCarty - Ireland, died January 30, 1860, aged 25 years
Andrew Jackson - New York, died August 14, 1860, aged 27 years
Patrick Barry - Ireland, died August 10, 1860, aged 32 years
Henry C. Cummings - Pennsylvania, (date died, if present, is buried)
James McBride - Ireland, died August 12, 1861, aged 28 years
Mullins - Ireland, died August 18, 1861, aged 21 years
Francis McCabe - New York, died August 18, 1861, aged 27 years
Alonzo Wordon, New York, died August 22, 1861, aged 28 years
Lieut. Joseph Whipple Harris, born in New Hampshire, died August 24, 1861, aged 24 years