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Dorchester Soldiers Memorial

Artist:

Benjamin Franklin Dwight

Location:

Meeting House Hill  

Location

Meeting House Hill
United States
42° 18' 16.1316" N, 71° 3' 47.3364" W

Neighborhood:

Dorchester

Type:

Memorial Sculpture

Year:

1867

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

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Description:

The Dorchester Soldiers Monument commemorates the Dorchester men who lost their lives in the Civil War. The four tablets on the monument’s lower storey list over ninety names, a heavy loss in a community that had barely 10,000 residents in 1860. The monument is an elaborate pylon. Its base shows the four faces that bear the memorial tablets. The base supports a cube, whose four visible faces show lunettes, one with a cannon in low relief, and the others with inscriptions. The cube supports an obelisk separated into three parts by two bands. The bands’ four faces bear the insignia of military units. Benjamin Franklin Dwight designed the monument, and it was erected in 1867. Its location on Meeting House Hill marks the site where the men enlisted and where the survivors were welcomed home.

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