First Blood: The Minutemen of 1861
November 3, 2011
On April 19, 1861, the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, responding to the attack on Fort Sumter, reached Baltimore by train. With the tracks blocked by Confederate sympathizers, the soldiers disembarked into a restless crowd. In the riot that ensued, four Massachusetts men were killed, among the first to shed blood in defense of their country. Boston National Historical Park Ranger Dan Gagnon discusses the Massachusetts men who echoed the spirit of their Minuteman forefathers.
This program is presented as part of the November Middays at the Meeting House series “Commonwealth Changed: Massachusetts in the Civil War” and is cosponsored by Boston National Historical Park.