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  • JP Soldiers Memorial Monument
  • JP Soldiers Memorial Monument
  • JP Soldiers Memorial Monument
  • JP Soldiers Memorial Monument

Soldiers Monument

Artist:

W. W. Lummis

Location:

Centre St. and South St.  

Location

Centre St. and South St.
United States
42° 18' 33.8904" N, 71° 6' 56.7324" W

Neighborhood:

Jamaica Plain

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1871

Medium:

white marble and bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Completed in 1871, this monument commemorates the men of neighboring West Roxbury “who died in the service of their country during the Rebellion of 1861 – 1865.” The monument’s marble tablets list sixteen men with the causes, dates, and places of their deaths. The tablets are enshrined in an elaborate nineteenth-century Gothic pavilion, square in form, with gabled arches open on its four sides. The four corner piers reach upward in spires topped with bronze finials, or decorative ornaments. Look below each of these spires to find images of a shield, a cannon, a rifle, and a sword engraved in the stone. Above them rises a central tower topped by a life-sized Union solider holding (or perhaps leaning on) his rifle, with the barrel in his hands and the butt at his feet. The pavilion and its solider are made from Quincy granite, quarried in the nearby South Shore suburb.

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