Civil War Boston
Excitement and interest in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War has renewed interest in the conflict that transformed the nation. Learn about Boston's central role in the conflict that many refer to as the nation's "second revolution." Boston was the Hub of Abolitionism: anti-slavery Bostonians, inspired by the legacy of liberty of the American Revolution, were determined to honor and extend that legacy to include freedom for slaves. When war came, the first soldiers to die in combat were from Massachusetts. Bostonians played a leading role in persuading President Abraham Lincoln to wage war against slavery, and the first black regiment recruited in the North was formed in Boston.
Barbara F. Berenson is the author of Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism.