They Died For Their Country

Union Monument in Concord, MA

It is sometimes easy to forget in this turbulent world of Civil War memory that these men died for the country that all of us call home.

[I took this photograph earlier today in Concord, MA.]

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  • Scott A. MacKenzie May 19, 2013

    Should it concern us that the units skip over the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry?

    • Kevin Levin May 19, 2013

      Did any residents of Concord fight in the 54th or 55th?

      • Scott A. MacKenzie May 19, 2013

        Maybe some did, and even died in service, yet the creators of the monument excluded them. If memory serves, it took 30+ years for the Shaw Memorial – aka 54th Massachusetts Memorial – to be erected before the State House.

        • Kevin Levin May 19, 2013

          I don’t believe so. There are other monuments in Massachusetts that do include their names, including one very close to my home in Hyde Park.

  • Will Hickox May 19, 2013

    W.J. Rorabaugh’s essay “Who Fought for the North in the Civil War? Concord, Massachusetts Enlistments” is an excellent, relatively early look at Northern communities and volunteerism.

    • Kevin Levin May 19, 2013

      It is, but Rorabaugh doesn’t mention any black soldiers if I remember correctly.

  • JE May 20, 2013


    I see at least one member of the 54th, George W. Dugan (missing/supposed killed at Ft. Wagner), as having been a resident of Concord at the time of his enlistment. I stopped looking after I found his name but given that there was one, we may assume there would have been at least a few more.

    • Kevin Levin May 20, 2013

      Thanks. I should also point out that the 55th Mass’s regimental flag is on display at the Concord Museum.

  • Pat Young May 20, 2013

    They list a Lynch and McCafferty from the “Irish” 9th. Early infiltrators of Yankeedom?

  • Chris Evans May 21, 2013

    Since we are discussing Massachusetts troops I would like to bring up the book ‘Mother, May You Never See the Sights I’ve Seen: The Fifty Seventh Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac 1864-1865′ by Warren Wilkinson as a amazing modern regimental history.

    The horror of the Overland Campaign and Petersburg plus what happened to prisoners of the regiment at Andersonville is about as moving as it gets.

    I think every Civil War buff should read it.

    I’ll have to check the astounding roster contained in it if any were from Concord.


    • Kevin Levin May 21, 2013

      It’s an excellent book.

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