Civil War Memory’s Fall Peak

Here is a pic of one of my favorite Civil War soldier monuments at Forest Hills Cemetery here in Boston. It’s about two miles from my home and as we are just about past the peak of the Fall foliage season it was the perfect day for a walk. Oh, and the temperature today hit 70 degrees. The sculptor of this particular monument – one of the earliest monuments to be dedicated after the war – is none other than Martin Millmore.

Martin Millmore

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  • Pat Young Oct 29, 2015

    Millmore was, of course, an Irish immigrant.

  • Keith Muchowski Oct 30, 2015

    I have relatives buried there, including gr, gr-grandparents. I have visited but not in the fall. It must be something this time of year.

    It’s true what they say, that graveyards are for the dead and cemeteries for the living.

  • Keith Muchowski Oct 30, 2015

    Just one more quick thought:
    Note how it says “City of Roxbury.” If Wikipedia is to believed, and I see no reason why not in this case, Roxbury was its own municipality before being absorbed into Boston in 1868.

    One sees this all the time with Brooklyn monuments in Green-Wood Cemetery here in Brooklyn, at Gettysburg, Antietam, and elsewhere. They often say “City of …”, which means they were dedicated prior to the merger of 1898. The 14th Brooklyn monument at the railroad cut is just one example.

    It’s interesting what one can learn and pick up from these monuments, even just in passing, if one knows a little background.

    • Kevin Levin Oct 30, 2015

      Most of the communities were incorporated during the postwar period. Thanks for the comment and nice to hear from you.

  • TFSmith Oct 31, 2015

    Sculpture vs sculptor? Is that an east coast usage?

  • kew100 Nov 1, 2015

    I note that you named the link Forrest Hills Cemetary here in Boston. Slip of the “r” I would say.

  • Forester Nov 11, 2015

    Wow, Boston looks pretty in the fall! Those colors! :O

    Norfolk is still green as June and probably will be till Christmas. I’m jealous.

    • Kevin Levin Nov 12, 2015

      Well, you probably won’t be jealous once we have 5 ft. of snow on the ground. 🙂

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