Mailing List:1998-09-28 03, Re: Addison O.Whitney, by J. Michael Poston

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Mailing List Archives > 1998-09-28 03, Re: Addison O.Whitney, by J. Michael Poston

From: "J. Michael Poston" <poston -at- helix.nih.gov> Subject: Re: Addison O.Whitney Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 07:44:52 -0400 Samuel Eliot Morrison, "The Oxford History of the American People", Oxford University Press, 1965, p, 612: "The attitude of Maryland was crucial, for control of her by secessionists would have isolated Washington. The first Northern troops on their way to the capital were mobbed as they passed through Baltimore (19 April [1861]); and Lincoln wisely permitted the rest to be marched around the city until he could spare enough soldiers to occupy it and enforce martial law." He doesn't discuss the incident further, but I recall reading that this event and the eventual occupation of Baltimore inspired the song, "Maryland, my Maryland." That song has some really nasty lyrics that make the government [Lincoln] sound like genuine ogres. Mike Poston Rockville, Maryland On Sat, 26 Sep 1998, Jan Whitaker wrote: > Dear WRG's, > On the front page of The Lowell [MA]Sun this morning is an article > about a restoration effort begun on a statue in that city, honoring Luther > C. Ladd & ADDISON O. WHITNEY. They "marched in the 6th Massachusetts > Regiment to defend the nation's capital in 1861". They are believed to be > the Civil War's first casualties, dying in Baltimore on April 19, 1861. > Does anyone have a connection to this Whitney? Presumably, he was from > Lowell, but I wonder if the facts are correct....Jan > >


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