Ladd and Whitney Memorial - Lowell, MA
N 42° 38.764 W 071° 18.794
19T E 310369 N 4724106
Quick Description: Minutemen of 1861.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 9:48:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM70QZ
Soldiers of the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment fought a well-armed mob of angry civilians in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 19, 1861. The regiment had left Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 17, just two days after the surrender of Fort Sumter, in response to President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteer troops to put down the rebellion. En route to Washington, DC, the troops were attacked by Southern sympathizers in Baltimore. Four soldiers were killed, making them the first men to die in the Civil War.
Two of the dead, Luther Ladd and Addison Whitney, were young mill workers from the city of Lowell. The city erected a monument in their honor in 1865. It was to be dedicated on the fourth anniversary of the Baltimore riot, but the ceremony was postponed until the fall of that year because of President Lincoln’s assassination. That monument, a twenty-five foot high granite obelisk, sits on a grass triangle in front of Lowell City Hall which is also the final resting place of Ladd, Whitney and a third soldier, Charles Taylor.
The Ladd and Whitney Memorial was re-dedicated on April 17, 2000.
The riot in Baltimore gave the Sixth Massachusetts an early prominence that was eclipsed by the enormous scope of the war and that regiment’s limited participation in it. In the early stages of the war, however, Ladd, Whitney, Taylor and Sumner Needham of Lawrence, were known as the “first martyrs to the rebellion.”
Date Installed or Dedicated: 01/01/1865
Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Lowell, MA
Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union
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