Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

The war was a devastating experience to the nation, with small Northern towns suffering greatly as many young men in the North rushed idealistically to defend the nation," says Winston Hall, Town Historian. Hingham, with a total population of less than 4,500, and males between 20 and 48 numbering only 679, counted her war dead at 97. The names of seventy-six are engraved around the base of the obelisk--names such as Hersey, Lincoln, Wilder, Fearing, and Cushing. Nearby stand monuments to some of Hingham's other patriots:  Peter Ourish, the town's youngest volunteer to the Civil War who fought in 15 major battles before succumbing at the age of 19; Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew, who inspired the creation of the first regiment of Negro soldiers during the Civil War; and Massachusetts Governor John D. Long, who served both as a member of Congress and as U.S. Secretary of the Navy under McKinley.

The Hingham Cemetery location was chosen for the Civil War Monument (Hingham's second town monument in the cemetery) because of its historical roots as Hingham's oldest burial ground as well as its central location overlooking Hingham Harbor. The 30-ft. obelisk that was erected, at the time called the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, was made of Quincy granite.  

The following 76 names appear on the Hingham Soldiers' and Sailor's Monument, located in Hingham Cemetery: 

South Side (front)

ERECTED BY THE TOWN

1870

CAPT. EDWIN HUMPHREY.
LIEUT. NATHANIEL FRENCH, JR.
SERGT. HENRY C. FRENCH.
SERGT. PETER OURISH.
CORP. JACOB GILKEY CUSHING.
CORP. W. IRVING STODDAR.
CORP. NELSON F. CORTHELL.
CORP. WILLIAM BREEN.

PRIVATES

 

DANIEL L. BEAL.
WILLIAM H. H. BEAL.
WILLIAM B. CUSHING.
JAMES T. CHURCHILL.
CHARLES E. FRENCH.
JOHN W. GARDNER.
JOHN Q. HERSEY.
BENJAMIN LINCOLN.
WILLIAM J. STOCKWELL.
DEMERICK STODDER.
ALBERT WILDER.

HONOR TO THE BRAVE

 

West Side

FOR OUR COUNTRY

CORP. CHARLES W. BLOSSOM.
CORP. HIRAM W. HENDERSON.
CORP. CHARLES D. KILBURN.

PRIVATES

 

JAMES BALLENTINE.
JOHN B. GREASE.  (or Crease)
PEREZ F. FEARING.
DANIEL D. HERSEY.
CHARLES H. MARSH.
DANIEL MURPHY.
JOHN L. MANUEL.
CONRAD P. YAEGER.
HOSEA O. BARNES.
SAMUEL M. LINCOLN.
HOLLIS HERSEY.
HIRAM NEWCOMB
CALEB GILL.
ACT  MAS. COM. THOMAS ANDREWS.
ENSIGN EDWARD W. HALCRO.
SEAMAN GEORGE H. MERRITT.

 

North Side 

EVER FAITHFUL

LIEUT. GEORGE W. BIBBY.
SERGT. JAMES M. HASKELL.
SERGT. WILLIAM H. JONES, JR.
SERGT. CHARLES S. MEADE.
SERGT. MICHAEL THOMPSON.
CORP. JEREMIAH J. CORCORAN.
CORP. ALBERT S. HAYNES.
CORP. HENRY F. MILLER.

 

PRIVATES

GEORGE D. GARDNER.
WALLACE HUMPHREY.
WILLIAM H. JONES.
SEWALL PUGSLEY. (or Pucsley)
SAMUEL SPENCER.
HORACE L. STUDLEY.
THOMAS SPRAGUE.
ALVIN TOWER.
CHARLES E. WILDER.
HORATIO P. WILLARD.
DON PEDRO WILSON.

East Side

REST THROUGH LIBERTY

 

MAJOR BENJAMIN C. LINCOLN.
LIEUT. FRANCIS THOMAS.
LIEUT. ELIJAH B. GILL, JR.
SERGT. LEAVITT LINCOLN.

PRIVATES

 

HORACE D. BURR.
THOMAS CHURCHILL.
ANDREW J. DAMON.
WILLIAM DUNBAR, JR.
JAMES FITZGERALD.
MICHAEL FEE.
RICHARD J. FARRELL.
GARDNER JONES.
HENRY B. LIVINGSTONE.
JOHN S. NEAL.
EDWARD A. F. SPEAR.
DENNIS SCULLY.
JOSEPH SIMMONS.
THOMAS TINSLEY.
FRANK H. TILTON.

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