Parade Ground

Parade Ground (HM16IK)

Location: Hull, MA 02045 Suffolk County
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N 42° 19.218', W 70° 55.638'

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Fort Warren-Georges Island

— Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area —

From the beginning, Fort Warren's heart was the six-acre parade ground. When the Civil War broke out soon after the fort was completed, the area was still covered in construction debris. Newly enlisted Massachusetts regiments cleaned it up as they trained. To increase morale, they sang as they worked, eventually coming up with the famous lyrics for "John Brown's Body." Since that time the parade ground has been used for drills, inspection, parades and calisthenics, as well as off-duty sports such as baseball and football. The oldest maples and horse chestnuts on the perimeter date back to the 1880s.

(Inscription below the photo) Soldiers drill in the early morning on the parade ground during the Second World War. In the background is the fort's Front II-the northernmost of the five interior walls (visible today on left, continuing right to corner.)

HM NumberHM16IK
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 341185 N 4687138
Decimal Degrees42.32030000, -70.92730000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.218', W 70° 55.638'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 13.08" N, 70° 55' 38.28" W
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Area Code(s)781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Hull MA 02045, US
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