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  • Charlestown Civil War Memorial
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Charlestown Civil War Memorial

Artist:

Martin Milmore

Location:

The Training Field, Winthrop Square, at Winthrop St., Adams St.  

Location

The Training Field, Winthrop Square, at Winthrop St., Adams St.
United States
42° 22' 29.2296" N, 71° 3' 36.81" W

Neighborhood:

Charlestown

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1871

Medium:

Granite

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

The Irish-born sculptor Martin Milmore died young, at the age of thirty-eight, but his short career was a productive one. After immigrating to the US, he attended the Boston Latin School and worked as an apprentice to the acclaimed sculptor Thomas Ball, helping Ball to create his famous equestrian statue of George Washington (located in Boston’s Public Garden). Under Ball’s tutelage, Milmore became a nationally recognized commemorative sculptor. Several of Milmore’s major works can be found nearby—in the Boston Common, in Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, and in Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hills Cemetery, where Milmore is buried. There, an impressive bronze relief by Daniel Chester French commemorates Milmore and his brother, Joseph, a stonecutter.

Milmore had a particular talent for commemorative military sculptures. This memorial, dating to 1872, commemorates the Charlestown men who fought on land and sea to preserve their country’s unity. It is located in the Charlestown training field, where colonial minutemen trained during the American Revolution. It features an allegorical female figure of Liberty, draped in classical-style robes, who places laurels on the heads of a soldier and a sailor representing the Army and the Navy. The memorial was recently cleaned and restored, thanks to the efforts of the Charlestown Preservation Society.

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