IWalked Audio Tours Travel Blog

Scroll to Info & Navigation

IWALKED BOSTON’S SAVING PRIVATE RYAN TRIBUTE
Attached to a brick wall outside of 110 Charles Street is a plaque which declares this address as the former site of the home of John Albion Andrew. Who was Mr. Andrew? To local historians he is best remembered as the 25th Governor of the state of Massachusetts, a term which he served during a period of the Civil War.
What is perhaps more intriguing regarding Mr. Andrew, however, is that he was actually the impetus for one of the most famous letters ever written in American History. Andrew’s letter to his cousin in 1864 about a mother that had lost five children during the war spurred a heart-felt response from its recipient. You may best recall having heard this letter in the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan, as General George Marshall reads the letter from President Abraham Lincoln to his troops inspiring the premise for the remainder of the film.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albion_Andrew
Address: 110 Charles Street, Boston, MA
Cost: Free.
IWalked Audio Tours To See This Site: Boston’s Beacon Hill. Purchase the MP3 tour here. iPhone application tour is available here. Please note, all Boston tours are now available as in-app purchases upon download of our FREEBoston Lite application, which includes a free 1 hour tour of a portion of Downtown.)

IWALKED BOSTON’S SAVING PRIVATE RYAN TRIBUTE

Attached to a brick wall outside of 110 Charles Street is a plaque which declares this address as the former site of the home of John Albion Andrew. Who was Mr. Andrew? To local historians he is best remembered as the 25th Governor of the state of Massachusetts, a term which he served during a period of the Civil War.

What is perhaps more intriguing regarding Mr. Andrew, however, is that he was actually the impetus for one of the most famous letters ever written in American History. Andrew’s letter to his cousin in 1864 about a mother that had lost five children during the war spurred a heart-felt response from its recipient. You may best recall having heard this letter in the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan, as General George Marshall reads the letter from President Abraham Lincoln to his troops inspiring the premise for the remainder of the film.

Websitehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albion_Andrew

Address110 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Cost: Free.

IWalked Audio Tours To See This Site: Boston’s Beacon Hill. Purchase the MP3 tour here. iPhone application tour is available here. Please note, all Boston tours are now available as in-app purchases upon download of our FREEBoston Lite application, which includes a free 1 hour tour of a portion of Downtown.)