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This Civil War ballad – ‘The Slain at Baltimore” – was sent to us By Martha Mayo – Director of the UML/Center for Lowell History and longtime member of the Lowell Historical Society.
The ballad was made available to the public as a Civil War penny-song sheet or as a broadside. Published by Auner’s Printing Office, Philadelphia, PA.. This small broadside or handbill contains the lyrics of a Union patriotic song.
The ballad concerns the Baltimore Riots that took place on April 19, 1861. Soldiers from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, who had been called into service by President Lincoln, were attacked by an angry secessionist mob while they travelled through Baltimore enroute to Washington, D.C. Four militiamen and 12 civilians were killed. The number of wounded and injured is unknown.
The Lowell connection – of course – is that the obelisk-shaped monument in front the Lowell City Hall is dedicated to Luther Ladd, Addison Whitney and Charles Taylor – members of the Massachusetts 6th Regiment and among the first four casualties of the Civil War. They were killed on April 19th, 1861 during a riot in Baltimore, Maryland while responding to President Lincoln’s plea for assistance.
In an op-ed column in today’s NYTimes, Scott Turow, Paul Aiken, and James Shapiro wonder aloud what would have happened in Shakespearean times if the plays had been “open source” material as opposed to ticketed experiences at the Globe Theater. The implications for today’s Web world and beyond are immense, such as the free-sharing I’m about to do right now. Read their commentary here, and buy the NYT if you want more like this every day.
In today’s NYTimes, David Brooks has his mind-gears turning about trends. He likes to spot and dissect long-term trends in social behavior. He doesn’t always get it right, but he makes his readers think. See what he has to say today, and get the NYT if you want more.
I’ll admit. I’m not really a big animal lover. I’m OK with dogs, but that is about it. Last night as I was flicking through the channels I came across the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. I couldn’t stop watching it. Its a fast paced show filled with color. I stayed up until the end of the “Toy” dog category to see Palacegarden Malachy take home Best in Group.
Now here is a picture of the Champ and some details about him(her):
AKC: TR 77241601
Date of Birth: January 24, 2008
Breeder: Jim Smith & Jean Smith
Sire: Palacegarden McCafferty
Dam: Palacegarden Tansy
Owner: Iris Love & S Middlebrooks & D Fitzpatrick
It’s been ten years since writer Neil Miller in the Boston Globe Magazine shone a spotlight on the Merrimack Valley literary renaissance that was getting noticed at home and far away. The region of Bradstreet, Thoreau, Whittier, Frost, Kerouac, and others has emerged in our time as a literary hotspot. Read the archived article that features Jane Brox, Andre Dubus III, Mary McGarry Morris, Jay Atkinson, Dave Daniel, Chath pierSath, and others. Unfortunately, the archived piece doesn’t include the original photographs of the authors.
All these writers are very different, of course, and it’s hard to find one unifying theme, a single valley sensibility. Brox’s elegiac memoirs and her feeling for place have led her to be dubbed “a latter-day Thoreau.” Until recently, Dubus has been reluctant to write about the Merrimack Valley at all. Still, all are drawn to working-class, sometimes hardscrabble characters, those “practical” types who populate the region. “In the Merrimack Valley, we celebrate the ordinary moment,” says Atkinson. “That is what you write about. There is no uranium mine here.”
The intellectual history of the area reaches back almost to the beginnings of New England’s industrial revolution. In the 1840s, on a trip to America, Charles Dickens paid a visit to Lowell, where he made some unexpected discoveries: Many of the young New England farm women who came to the city to work in the textile mills subscribed to circulating libraries. And some of them were publishing a regular magazine called The Lowell Offering, which he wrote in his book American Notes “will compare advantageously with a great many English Annuals.”