Civil War Monument, Somerville, Massachusetts

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The city of Somerville holds the claim of having erected the first memorial to the fallen veterans of the Civil War that is still standing in its original position. Located on Somerville Avenue, the Civil War Monument is located in the Milk Row Cemetery and was dedicated in the summer of 1863. It was erected by the Somerville Light Infantry, the local militia, with surplus money from a fund that had been raised for soldiers' pay.

The monument contains tablets on three sides, bearing the names of Somerville soldiers who died or were killed in the war. As the war was not yet over when the monument was erected, names were added to the obelisk above the original engraved tablets as more veterans died, for a total of 69 names.

On the front is a tablet with this inscription: “ Their warfare is over, they sleep well.”


Lt. J. Rafferty9th Mass.Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862
M. Haseltine12th Mass.
J. Millen22d Mass.Gaines Mills, June 22, 1862
J. McGuire9th Mass.Gaines Mills, June 27, 1862
H. McGlone9th Mass.Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862
A. E. Mitchell12th Mass.Bull Run, Aug. 19, 1862
N. Haseltine12th Mass.
Lt. W. Berry22d Mass.Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862
C. Young29th Mass.Craney Island, Sept. 17, 1862
E. McDonald21st Mass.Somerville, Sept. 6, 1862
W. Blackwell99th N.Y.Norfolk, Oct. 12, 1862
T. H. Pitman22d Mass.Annapolis, Feb. 27, 1863
N. Davis31st Mass.Baton Rouge, Mar. 27, 1863
A. G. Lovejoy2nd Mass. Batt'yBaton Rouge, Mar. 27, 1863
J. W. LangleySomerville, Jan. 10, 1863
J. Ducey38th Mass.Port Hudson, May 27, 1863
Sgt. N. W. Wilson11th Mass.Gettysburg, July 4, 1863
F. McQuade38th Mass.Oct 16, 1863
Leonard F. Purington15th Mass.Georgetown, July 22, 1865
Fred A. Galletly23d Mass.Aug. 5, 1864
John Holland15th Mass.July, 1863
James McLaughlin28th Mass.Dec, 1862
John O'Brien12th N.Y. Cav.Somerville, 1863
Wm. McDonald21st Mass.Roanoke Island
Henry McVeyU.S. NavySalisbury, July 31, 1864
E. Franklin HanafordBull Run, July 21, 1861
W. Frank MooreWashington, July 31, 1861
Lieut. Edward Brackett10th Me.Antietam, September 18, 1862
Samuel G. TompkinsNewbern, June 22, 1863
N. Fletcher Nelson23d Mass.Richmond, June 11, 1864
Lieut. T. J. Van de Sande115th N.Y.Ft. Munroe, Sept. 3, 1864
Wm. Plant28th Mass.Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1863
Frank Doherty56th Mass.Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864
Lieut. W. W. Warden1st Mass. Cav.Richmond, May 28, 1864
Patrick McCarty16th Mass.Fair Oaks, June 18, 1862
Patrick Hayes5th Mass.Somerville, 1862
Alonzo W. TempleNew Orleans, July 7, 1863
C. C. WaldenU.S. NavyLost in the Brig Bainbridge
Caleb Howard58th Mass.Sept. 30, 1861
Mich'l DriscollU.S. NavyTexas, Sept. 8, 1863
Patrick Sheridan26th Mass.N. Orleans, July 1, 1864
Elias Manning22nd Mass.May 15, 1864
Wm. Connellon28th Mass.Hospital, Md., June 12, 1864
Capt. Willard Kinsley39th Mass.City Point, April 2, 1865
S. P. Rollins39th Mass.Poolesville, Nov. 22, 1862
E. F. Keniston39th Mass.Somerville, April 28, 1863
Fred A. Glines39th Mass.Salisbury, Jan. 6, 1865
David Gorham39th Mass.Prison, Dec. 10, 1864
John E. Horton39th Mass.Prison, Jan. 6, 1865
Geo. H. Hatch39th Mass.Prison, Feb. 1, 1865
Chas. G. Jones39th Mass.Prison, Nov. 23, 1864
David Kendrick39th Mass.Prison, March 10, 1865
Eugene B. Hadley39th Mass.Petersburg, Feb. 7, 1865
Richard J. Hyde39th Mass.Prison, Aug. 13, 1864
Francis J. Oliver39th Mass.Prison, Oct. 10, 1864
James Moran39th Mass.Washington, Aug. 7, 1865
Augustus Benze39th Mass.Utica, Sept. 6, 1864
J. W. Whitmore39th Mass.Prison, Oct., 1864
Washington Lovett39th Mass.Prison, Sept. 8, 1864
Robert T. Powers39th Mass.Wilderness, May 7, 1864
Wm. D. Palmer39th Mass.Wilderness, May 7, 1864
Samuel O. Felker39th Mass.Wilderness, May 7, 1864
Geo. W. Ayers24th Mass.Dec. 24, 1864
E. H. Kendall13th Mass.Dec. 1, 1863
John W. Coffee26th Mass.April 19, 1865
Edwin D. Cate1st Mass. Cav.Prison, Jan. 13, 1864
I. C. Whittemore18th Mass.Lincoln Plant'n, Me., April 10, 1865
Michael Clifford1st Mass. H.A.April 22, 1865


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