Postal Code: 02143
Phone: 617-625-6600 x2500
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Milk Row Cemetery was established in 1804 and was the only burial ground in the community at the time of the Civil War. The marble memorial, in the center of the cemetery, which was erected in the summer of 1863, is thought to be the first soldiers monument in the country to honor those who died in the Civil War. Overall, 1,135 men from Somerville fought in the war effort. They participated in battles like Bull Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania and Appomattox to name a few. The names of 68 Somerville men who were killed in battle or died from wounds or sickness during their service are inscribed on the four faces of the marble shaft. Another 250 were wounded.