Soldiers And Sailors Monument - Boston
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The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument is on the hill in Boston Common near the Frog Pond. It was designed by Martin Milmore, and dedicated on September 17th, 1877, when the entire militia force of the State paraded in Boston, and was reviewed by the President of the United States.
The platform is thirty-eight feet square, and rests on a mass of subterranean masonry sixteen feet deep. Four projecting pedestals sustain four bronze statues [presumably stolen], each eight feet high, representing Peace, a female figure bearing an olive-branch and looking to the South; the Sailor, a picturesque mariner carrying a drawn cutlass, and looking seaward; History, a graceful female figure, in Greek costume, holding a tablet and stylus, and looking upward; and the Soldier, perhaps the best statue on the monument, representing a Federal infantryman standing at ease, and bearing the face of a citizen-soldier rather than that of a professional warrior.
The main shaft of the monument, an ornate Roman-Doric column of white granite, rises from the pedestal between the statues; and at its base are four allegorical figures, in alto-relievo, and eight feet high, representing the North, South, East, and West. On top of the capital are four marble eagles.
The crowning glory of the monument is the statue of America, eleven feet high, symbolized by a majestic and mourning woman, clad in classic costume, and crowned with thirteen stars. In one hand she holds the American flag, in the other a drawn sword and wreaths of laurel; and she faces the south.
March 1st, 2014
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