Lowell Soldiers on the Civil War Lists

A Currier & Ives drawing of the Battle of Cedar Mountain on Aug. 9, 1862. Fourteen Lowell soldiers died (taken from Lowell Sun website)

In today’s Lowell Sun, longtime staff writer and citizen historian Dave Peaver continues his coverage of Lowell and the Civil War. His focus today is on the “lists” as he notes:

“Of many themes probed during the Civil War sesquicentennial, the most benumbing to American sensibilities, even in a time of combating terror, is the staggering amount of death and mourning from the years 1861-65.”

Using the bloody Battle at Cedar Mountain in Virginia as his example, Peaver paints the picture of Lowell losses – including that of 21-year old Capt. Edward G. “Ned” Abbott – and the aftermath as mothers, fathers and all of Lowell scrutinize the locally published “casualty list.” It’s a “dont’ miss” article on a significant time in Lowell history.

Read it online here at lowellsun.com.