This Civil War ballad – ‘The Slain at Baltimore” – was sent to us By Martha Mayo – Director of the UML/Center for Lowell History and longtime member of the Lowell Historical Society.
The ballad was made available to the public as a Civil War penny-song sheet or as a broadside. Published by Auner’s Printing Office, Philadelphia, PA.. This small broadside or handbill contains the lyrics of a Union patriotic song.
The ballad concerns the Baltimore Riots that took place on April 19, 1861. Soldiers from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, who had been called into service by President Lincoln, were attacked by an angry secessionist mob while they travelled through Baltimore enroute to Washington, D.C. Four militiamen and 12 civilians were killed. The number of wounded and injured is unknown.
The Lowell connection – of course – is that the obelisk-shaped monument in front the Lowell City Hall is dedicated to Luther Ladd, Addison Whitney and Charles Taylor – members of the Massachusetts 6th Regiment and among the first four casualties of the Civil War. They were killed on April 19th, 1861 during a riot in Baltimore, Maryland while responding to President Lincoln’s plea for assistance.