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Boston Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Located on Flag Staff Hill in the city's Common and reaching over 125 feet in height, Boston's Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is one of Massachusetts' most striking Civil War memorials. The monument features a statue embodying ‘America’, flanked by a quartet of marble eagles, atop a 75 foot Roman column; a further four statues, representing the points of the reunited nation, are included at the column’s base. Projecting the plinth are another set of allegorical figures, representing Peace, the Sailor, the Muse of History, and the Citizen-Soldier, which had, until 2014, been stored away from public display. The memorial's plinth includes a bas-relief tablet of bronze on each of its four sides, depicting an array of Civil War scenes featuring notable Bay Staters. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was dedicated on September 17, 1877, over a decade after artist Martin Milmore’s submitted design.

Monument type:

Victory column


Martin Milmore

Dedication Date:

September 17, 1877




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Conception Date:
April 16, 1866
Opening Date:
Hallowell white granite; Statues – bronze; Bas-relief tablets - bronze
0m x 0m x 38.4048m
Martin Milmore
Cost / Value:
Erected by:
The City of Boston
Funded by:
The City of Boston ($75000)
Run by:
Indigenous Land

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