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The History of the Bunker Hill Monument Association During the First Century of the United States of America, by George Washington Warren, first edition, hardcover (very good condition)


As related by the National Park Service, the Bunker Hill Monument Association (BHMA) was formed in 1823 by prominent citizens in the Boston area. They wanted to preserve part of the battlefield and build a great monument where the Provincial militia had dug in on Breed’s Hill.  On June 17, 1825, the fiftieth anniversary of the battle, an immense crowd gathered for a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the monument. It included about 40 veterans from the 1775 battle, and another 190 from the Revolutionary War. The General Marquis de Lafayette and the statesman-orator Daniel Webster led the ceremony.  Within days of the ceremony, the BHMA decided to build a granite obelisk.  As part of its efforts, the BHMA also bought a granite quarry in nearby Quincy, Massachusetts. The first commercial, horse-drawn railway took the granite blocks from the quarry to the Neponset River three miles away. Ships carried the blocks along coastal waters to Charlestown.  Although construction began in 1827, the monument was not completed until 1842 due to work stoppages to raise additional funds.


George Washington Warren was a Massachusetts attorney, jurist, and politician who served as the first mayor of Charlestown, Massachusetts; the location of the Bunker Hill monument.  He was born in Watertown, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard College in 1830 and later from Harvard Law School. 


Published by James R. Osgood and Company, Boston, l877.  Book is 10 inches high, and 6 inches wide, 427 pages.  Dark green cover with gilt title and image on spine that are very clear.  Some fraying to top and bottom of spine, and some shelf wear on bottom of the book.  The interior is clean, with illustrations and copies of letters and other documents.

The History of the Bunker Hill Monument Association

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