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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Civil War Sites in Greater Boston and New England Presentation

Yesterday I gave a presentation at the monthly Boston University Genealogy Alumni meeting on Civil War sites in Greater Boston and in New England. As no Civil War battles were fought north of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the focus of Civil War research in New England revolves around abolitionism, with Boston as its epicenter. My presentation drew heavily on my recent experiences at Civil War walks along Freedom Trail sites, on Beacon Hill, and the Public Garden in Boston, as well as walks at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Outside of Boston some of the sites highlighted include Concord, Massachusetts, the home and burial place of many abolitionists and literary giants, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott; the African-American Heritage trail in New Bedford, Massachusetts; the Clara Barton birthplace in North Oxford, Massachusetts; the Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, and the New England Civil War Museum in Vernon, Connecticut.

The handout for the presentation, entitled Civil War Sites in Greater Boston and New England, is available from the Presentation Handouts widget located in the right-hand margin of this site.

For more information about Civil War sites in Boston please visit Boston Civil War tours at http://www.bostoncivilwartours.com/ and my Journeys of a Constant Genealogist blog posts labeled Civil War Walking Tours.

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