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Grand Army of the Republic Monument (at Mount Hope Cemetery)

Artist:

Unknown

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

Mattapan

Type:

Memorial Sculpture

Year:

1873

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

the Charles Russell Lowell Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 7

Description:

On October 29, 1873, the Charles Russell Lowell Grand Army of the Republic Post No. 7 (Massachusetts) dedicated ground in Mount Hope Cemetery for the burial of Civil War soldiers. To distinguish the plot, the post erected a thirty-foot high monument of four cannon barrels and a tripod of three barrels supporting a fourth pointed at the sky. Remarkably, the cannons saw service on both sides in the Civil War.  The three forming the tripod are Union cannons, 24-pounder siege guns, Model of 1819 (one cast in 1828, at the Bellona Foundry, near Richmond, VA, and the other two were cast in 1827 at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY). The tripod supports a Confederate cannon, a 4.2 inch, 30 pound Parrott rifle made at Tredegar Foundry, Richmond, VA, in 1863. It is only one of three such guns to survive the Civil War.

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