Maine Claims Whitney and Needham
As we commemorate the Sesquicentennnial of the American Civil War, we have given much attention to the role that Lowell and the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment played in the pre-war and the early days of the Civil War. Programs, panels, exhibits, tours, a film festival and more have been part of the remembrances. We’ve had a special focus on the first to die in the war and especially remember Luther Ladd, Addison Whitney and Charles Taylor of the 6th Massachusetts with a mangificent memorial in Monument Square located in front of Lowell City Hall. In fact, both Ladd and Whitney were laid to rest at the site. I read with great interest a story in the Bangor Daily News headlined: “Maine lost its first Civil War soldiers in a Baltimore riot.” They story tells of the Maine roots of both Addison Whitney and Lawrence soldier Sumner Needham.
Read the full article and learn about those connections here: http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/05/09/living/maine-lost-its-first-civil-war-soldiers-during-a-baltimore-riot/