Commonwealth Ave. Mall Statue of John Glover, Revolutionary War Soldier
General John Glover, of Marblehead, MA, was the father of the United States Marine Corps. During the Revolutionary War his regiment of boats enabled Washington's army to retreat to Manhattan after the Battle of Brooklyn on Long Island, thus saving the army from certain defeat. General Glover and his men, using rowboats, ferried General Washington and his troops across the Delaware in 1776 to defeat the Hessian troops in Trenton, NJ. After the war, Glover was a Representative and a Selectman in the Massachusetts Legislature.
An 8' by 3.5' by 3.5' bronze statue of General Glover stands on an approximately 6.5' high and 6.5' by 6.5' square granite base. The statue was sculpted by Martin Milmore in 1875. It was cast at the Robert Wood & Company foundry. The W. Blake & Company did the fabrication. The statue was a gift to the City of Boston from Benjamin T. Reed.
General John Glover is depicted wearing his formal military uniform with cape, epaulets, ruffled shirt, and ascot. He is standing with his left foot on a the barrel of a cannon and holding a sheathed sword in his left hand. He is holding a second sword in is right hand which is broken off at mid blade.
A bronze plaque on the front of the base is inscribed:
A SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION.
HE COMMANDED A REGIMENT OF
ONE THOUSAND MEN RAISED IN THAT TOWN
KNOWN AS THE MARINE REGIMENT
AND ENLISTED TO SERVE THROUGH THE WAR;
HE JOINED THE CAMP AT CAMBRIDGE, JUNE 22, 1775,
AND RENDERED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN TRANSPORTING
THE ARMY FROM BROOKLYN TO NEW YORK, AUG. 28, 1776,
AND ACROSS THE DELAWARE, DEC. 25, 1776.
HE WAS APPOINTED BY
THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, A BRIGADIER GENERAL,
FEBRUARY 21, 1777.
BY HIS COURAGE, ENERGY, MILITARY TALENTS
AND PATRIOTISM, HE SECURED THE CONFIDENCE OF
AND THE GRATITUDE OF HIS COUNTRY.
BORN NOVEMBER 5, 1732.
DIED AT MARBLEHEAD, JANUARY 30, 1797.
The back of the base carries the inscription:
BENJAMIN TYLER REED.