“It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced…”

Cambridge Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The Massachusetts Civil War Monuments Project is an informal effort to catalog, photograph and research the Civil War monuments in each Massachusetts town. This project is not affiliated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are focusing on monuments erected by municipalities and/or the Grand Army of the Republic and dedicated to all those from a particular town who were lost in the war or served. Monuments to individual soldiers and sailors are not presently within our purview.

We have currently photographed monuments in about 260 Massachusetts cities and towns out of a total of 351. At this point, 61 towns have been confirmed as having no Civil War monument. This leaves about 30 more towns to photograph (assuming they have monuments). The map below illustrates our progress and will be updated periodically. Towns in blue represent monuments photographed. Towns confirmed as having no Civil War monument are indicated in beige.

Completed towns 2020.04

Not all photographed monuments have been posted yet. Researching their history and composing a brief narrative takes time so we have a considerable back-log. This is a work in progress. To see which towns have been posted so far, check our Index of Towns page.

Interested in helping? Contact us! Want to know if your town has been photographed but is not yet posted? Contact us! We’ll bump it up on the list.