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About Katherine Lonergan

Kate received her B.A. from Wellesley College. Her work experience has been as a researcher at local history archive at Natick’s Morse Institute Library. Her interests include Boston research, women’s history, and westward migration.

The prisoners of Peddocks Island

Fort Andrews 1932
Fort Andrews in 1932. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Boston Harbor Islands are popular destinations for camping, sailing, and exploring. Their  development and importance to Boston’s history may perhaps be seen most clearly in the well-preserved Fort Warren on Georges Island. An often-overlooked destination among the islands is Peddocks Island, which hosts the remains of Fort Andrews, a defensive compound built at the beginning of the Spanish-American War in 1898.  It was named by the land donor Eliza Andrews after her uncle, Civil War brigadier general Leonard Andrews, and was used as a training station for soldiers during World War I and World War II. The structures left today include a barracks, firehouse, stables, gym, and chapel.

Peddocks Island was also used as a prisoner of war camp, in which at least one thousand Italians captured in North Africa were detained following Mussolini’s surrender to the Allied forces in 1943. Continue reading The prisoners of Peddocks Island