I am working on finalizing a list of my top 10 favorite Civil War-related sites here in Boston for an upcoming issue of The Civil War Monitor. I’ve given a couple of talks in the area about how Bostonians commemorated and remembered the Civil War. It’s an interesting challenge given the extent to which the American Revolution dominates popular memory and heritage tourism. Boston’s commemorative landscape rivals any southern city and reflects the direct impact that the war and its outcome had on the region. Most of the sites listed below can easily be included in a family’s vacation itinerary.
- Robert Gould Shaw Memorial and Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (the Boston Common)
- African Meeting House
- Grand Army of the Republic Hall in Lynn, MA
- Memorial Hall at Harvard University
- Mount Auburn Cemetery
- Tremont Temple
- Faneuil Hall
- Public Gardens (statues of Edward Everett Hale, Wendell Phillips, Thomas Cass, William Ellery Channing, and Charles Sumner and Emancipation/Lincoln statue)
- Fort Warren
- Governor Andrew House
The list is a work in progress so feel free to offer suggestions.