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Colonel Thomas Cass

Artist:

Richard Edwin Brooks

Location:

Boston Public Garden, on Boylston St. Mall  

Location

Boston Public Garden, on Boylston St. Mall
United States
42° 21' 9.3816" N, 71° 4' 7.7268" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1899

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

An Irish immigrant, Colonel Cass (1822-1862) founded the “Fighting Ninth” Regiment during the Civil War. The Ninth Regiment consisted entirely of volunteers, most of them Irish-American. Cass was killed leading his troops in battle at Malvern Hill in Virginia. Although an earlier memorial to Cass was displayed shortly after his death, it received so much criticism that Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy secured funds for a new work in the colonel’s honor. Sculptor Richard E. Brooks cast this bronze sculpture in 1899 and received gold medals for it at two World’s Fairs, the Paris Exposition of 1901 and the Buffalo Exposition of 1902.

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