Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn Community, Conservation & Citizen Science - Page 14

Stories Behind the Stones: American Veterans Interred at Mount Auburn Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery has been awarded a Massachusetts SHRAB Preservation Grant of $7,500 for a $20,000 project to conserve eight of our most significant veterans’ monuments. The monuments were selected by the Cemetery’s Preservation and Historical Collections staff, in collaboration with docents and volunteers, because of their meaning and significance to Massachusetts and American veterans’ history, their urgent need for preservation, and their importance as teaching and educational tools. Without prompt treatment, the memorials are at high risk of deterioration, leading to the loss of their stories and symbolism. Conservation treatment will stabilize the stones, preserve the sculptural elements and inscriptions, and ensure the long-term survival of these threatened cultural artifacts. With their well-documented histories, the monuments in this initiative feature prominently in Mount Auburn’s interpretive tours and programs, and help educate the public about our country’s history and the service of men and women in times of war. To complete the project, the Friends of Mount Auburn must raise an additional $12,500 in donations. To learn more about the project or donate to the Friends of Mount Auburn, please visit our website at mountauburn.org/ give/ and toggle Veterans Preservation, or call the Office of Advancement at 617-607-1946. 12 | Sweet Auburn George Washington Collamore (1818–1863) J. Hoffman Collamore (1846–1865) Lot 1400, Heliotrope Path George Washington Collamore was a Boston abolitionist who moved to Kansas in 1856, becoming head of the New England Kansas Relief Committee. In the Civil War, he served in the Union Army as a General. He was killed in 1863 by Quantrill’s Raiders in Lawrence, KS. His son, J. Hoffman Collamore, was wounded in that attack and later enlisted in the Union Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He served first in Company A of the 17th Kansas Infantry, and was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Company M of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. He contracted typhoid fever and died in Boston on September 17, 1865, at age 19. Father and son are buried together at Mount Auburn.