One of the places that I still need to visit in my neighborhood is the Forbes House in Milton. In the 1920s the home was owned by Mary Bowditch Forbes, who amassed a sizable collection of Civil War and Lincoln related memorabilia. The family were strong Unionists during the 1860s and were responsible for the construction of a number of gunboats and the organization of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A.

In 1924 Mary welcomed local G.A.R. members to the house to unveil an exact replica of Lincoln’s boyhood home. The film portion of the video begins at the 2:40 mark. It’s well worth your time. You will even notice an African-American G.A.R. member, which I know will warm the heart of Barbara Gannon. Enjoy.

4 comments add yours

  1. That was amazing, the men seemed alive again. Seeing an African American veteran like that was great. I cannot be the only person that looks at scenes like these and feels a profound sense of sadness that these men are all gone.

    • I had a feeling you would appreciate it. Looking forward to a visit later this week.

  2. Kevin,

    A great slice of history…thank you for making it available!

    Dale Fishel

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