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Portrait of Sumner Henry Needham


Daguerreotype portrait of Sumner Henry Needham (1828-1861), a member of the 6th Massachusetts Regiment and a victim of the Pratt Street Riot of 1861. A native of Bethel, Maine, he was living in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1861 when his militia regiment was dispatched to Washington, D.C. to aid in the defense of the nation's capital against Confederate attack. While crossing Baltimore, he was struck down by pro-Confederate rioters on East Pratt Street. At the time of his death, Private Needham was married to Hannah M. Johnson (1837-1898), with whom he had a son, Sumner Henry (1861-1934).



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2 3/8 x 2 3/4 inches

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CSPH 228

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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