Thought Questions for readers of Civil War book “Rough Enough” #2: What happened to all those Boston Islands?

Map Boston Harbor Islands, Boston Harbor in 1800’s, Boston Harbor Map p.V

To all you readers of the Civil War non-fiction, Rough Enough be sure to do a good comparison of the harbor map for Boston in 1865 showing the forts and training camps with a map of the current Boston Harbor today.  I have attached several maps of the city for you to check out and compare.

You’ll be surprised!

Look at what happened to a bunch of those islands and inlets.   Noodles Island? Governor’s Island? Chelsea Creek? The harbor itself?

Compare the Book Map on p. v. with the attached map from the 1800’s and one of the more modern Boston.  Hey, what’s that big hunk of land doing there East of Chelsea?

Check out the forts that were present in 1865 on those islands and see what has happened to them today. Gallop’s Island was a fort and soldier embarkation site in 1865, by 1900 it was a quarantine for immigrants and now it’s part of Boston Harbor Islands State Park! What happened to all the rest of those forts?

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