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First blood


A color print depicting the Baltimore riot of 1861, which resulted in the first deaths by hostile action of the American Civil War. On one side of the conflict were antiwar Maryland Democrats known as "Copperheads" and other Southern, Confederate sympathizers. On the other side were Massachusetts and Pennsylvania state militia regiments that had been called up for federal service and were on their way to Washington, D.C. The image is captioned, "The Sixth Massachusetts Regiment fighting their way through Baltimore, April 19, 1861."


circa 1861



1 print

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Print is part of a series, and marked as "No. 12"

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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