In the Merrimack Valley: Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Organized

MassMoments reminds us today that  on this day – January 21, 1861 – the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment was organized. Of note – this force was composed of  men from neighboring cities in the Merrimack Valley – textile workers from Lowell and Lawrence. Later in April – in the city of Baltimore the first fatalities of the war were men from this regiment – including men from the Merrimack Valley – Luther C. Ladd and Addison Whitney – Lowell mill workers – killed by an angry street mob.

On This Day...

      …in 1861, the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Militia was formally organized. With war approaching, men who worked in the textile cities of Lowell and Lawrence joined this new infantry regiment. They were issued uniforms and rifles; they learned to drill. They waited for the call. It came on April 15th, three days after the attack on Fort Sumter. They were needed to defend Washington, D.C.. The mood when they left Boston was almost festive. When they arrived in the border state of Maryland three days later, everything changed. An angry mob awaited them. In the riot that followed, 16 people lost their lives. Four were soldiers from Massachusetts. These men were the first combat fatalities of the Civil War.
Read the full MassMoments article here.
April 19, 1861 – Pratt Street Riots – Baltimore, Maryland – first fatalities of America’s War Between the States.

One Response to In the Merrimack Valley: Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Organized

  1. Paul@01852 says:

    April 19th will be the 150th anniversary of the Pratt St Riots. I have done some in depth research on this event and the parts Ladd and Whitney played. I will be sharing more of this as the anniversary approaches (as I am sure Dick will do as well since he has some special knowledge in this.)