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 Addison O. Whitney

Addison O. Whitney

Waldo, Waldo County, Maine, USA
Death 19 Apr 1861 (aged 21)
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Cenotaph Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot In front of Lowell City Hall
Memorial ID 7677638 · View Source
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United States Civil War Soldier. He was one of the first four casualties of that war. After the Union surrender of Fort Sumter on April 13, 1861, and the following secession of eleven Southern states, President Abraham Lincoln put out a call for Union volunteers to defend Washington, DC. Among the troops who responded to that call was the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, who soon boarded trains to take them to the national capital. Upon arriving in Baltimore on April 19 (the eighty-sixth anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord), the troops needed to transfer from one railroad station to another. This was done by horse-drawn railcars because the use of steam locomotives within the city limits had been prohibited. The soldiers were met by angry, pro-secessionist crowds who eventually blocked the tracks and forced the soldiers to continue on foot. At first, the crowds hurled bricks and other objects at the soldiers, but then gunshots were heard coming from the crowd. The Union troops returned fire, and when the smoke cleared, twelve civilians and four soldiers lay dead. The dead soldiers were Whitney, Luther Ladd (of Lowell), Sumner Needham (of Lawrence), and Charles Taylor. A mural of the event can be seen at the Massachusetts State House.

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  • Originally Created by: Eric Thomsen
  • Added: 12 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7677638
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Addison O. Whitney (30 Oct 1839–19 Apr 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7677638, citing Ladd and Whitney Monument, Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .