Excerpt from The Inaugural Address of His Honor Hocum Hosford, Mayor of the City of Lowell, to the Two Branches of the City Council: January 5, 1863
The echo of the guns fired upon Fort Sumter had hardly died away, when the President's call for seventy five thousand troops, with lightning speed, was flashed Upon the electric wires to our peaceful homes, filling the 'minds of the people with wonder at the magnitude of the demand. The volunteer militia of the loyal Northern States responded to this call'with a' promptness worthy of high praise. Among the first regiments that were ready to depart was the 6th Massachusetts, four companies of which belonged in this city. Without hesitation the members bade adieu to kindred and friends, and started for an unknown destination. Their eventful march through Baltimore, where by an unprovoked attack the first blood was shed and the first martyrs of this unholy rebellion bravely died, is a matter of history. April 19th.
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