• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Gallops Island During Civil War

Gallops Island was the site of a training camp and a mustering out camp (for discharging soldiers from service) for Union soldiers. The most famous regiment discharged from Gallops Island was the Fifty-Fourth Regiment Massachusetts Infantry, the African-American regiment led by white abolitionist Colonel Robert Gould Shaw whose soldiers included two sons of the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The story of the Fifty-Fourth and its heroic assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863, has been dramatically portrayed in the movie “Glory.” The discharge of Civil War soldiers is described in African Americans and the Boston Harbor Islands.

Did You Know?

CCC Workers

The Civilian Conservation Corps planted ornamental trees and shrubbery throughout Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area during the 1930s. In particular, structures of Gallops Island are lined with privet hedges, mock orange, snowberry, forsythia and coniferous trees.