From Prospect Hill to Salisbury Prison: the Struggles of the 39th Massachusetts Volunteers

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A talk by Professor Daniel Breen in memory of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War remains the bloodiest single event in American history.  Somerville shared in the terrible losses that afflicted the nation.  Ninety-two men joined the "Somerville Company" when it was formed in the summer of 1862; within two years, less than a dozen were still fit for duty.   In this talk, we will trace the story of these men from their beginning on Prospect Hill, where the Somerville Company first encamped, to the Petersburg  campaign, where they lived through their most trying times. 

The presentation will be followed by a short wreath-laying ceremony at the 1863 Civil War Monument  Milk Row Cemetery 400 Somerville Avenue, next to Demoulas Market Basket at 4:00PM.    For more information or to reserve your seat, contact info@historicsomerville.org


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