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2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Memorial - Boston, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 20.974 W 071° 04.644
19T E 328895 N 4690679
Quick Description: A sculpture of a lion adorns the memorial honoring the members 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry who fought in the Civil War. The memorial is located in the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library 700 Boylston St. in Boston, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/23/2019 5:23:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM10ECH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
Views: 1

Long Description:

A larger than life sculpture of a lion in couchant position is one of a pair of lions sculpted by Louis St. Gaudens in 1890 and placed in the main branch of the Boston Public Library. The lion that was commissioned by and the honors the members of the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry who fought in the Civil War adorns the right side of the grand staircase as you climb up the steps. The lion is sculptured from unpolished yellow Siena marble and rests on a 10' high rectangular marble base.

The back of the base contains the dedication:

IN HONOR
OF THE
SECOND MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE
OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN ITS RANKS
THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE CITY OF BOSTON

The upper part of the front of the base is inscribed with the names of Civil War Battles:

WINCHESTER - 1862 - CEDAR MOUNTAIN
ANTIETAM - CHANCELLORSVILLE
GETTYSBURG - RESACA - ATLANTA
MARCH TO THE SEA - SAVANNAH
SHERMAN'S CAROLINA CAMPAIGN

The lower part of the front has a bronze wreath in which is inscribed:

SECOND
MASSACHUSETTS
INFANTRY
1861-1865

Website pertaining to the memorial: [Web Link]

List if there are any visiting hours:
Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


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Type of memorial: Monument

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