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General John Glover

Artist:

Martin Milmore

Location:

Commonwealth Ave. Mall, between Berkeley St. and Clarendon St.  

Location

Commonwealth Ave. Mall, between Berkeley St. and Clarendon St.
United States
42° 21' 10.1304" N, 71° 4' 29.0928" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1875

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

During the Revolutionary War, General John Glover used the skills he developed as a fisherman in Marblehead, MA, to lead the first “amphibious” regiment, predecessor of the modern-day Marines. The regiment sailed in to rescue Washington and his troops after the disastrous Battle of Long Island, thereby sparing them further casualties. They also ferried Washington and his men across the icy Delaware River to facilitate a surprise attack on the British at Trenton.

Here, the well-known Boston sculptor Martin Milmore has depicted Glover as a youthful and confident military leader. That aura of invincibility is sadly ironic, too; Milmore’s promising career was cut short when he died at age of 38. He is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, where a bronze relief by Daniel Chester French commemorates him.

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