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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Irish Historian Frank Ford Lectures on the role of Lawrence, Mass. in the American Civil War

Local historian Frank Ford is delivering a lecture on the outbreak of the American Civil War and the role played by soldiers from Lawrence, this Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

A member of the Division 8 division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mr. Ford focuses on an incident that occurred on April 19, 1861, when a regiment of Massachusetts soldiers  attempting to pass through Baltimore, Maryland, were attached by Confederate loyalists.  Lawrence native Sumner Henry Needham was killed, becoming the first casualty of the war.

Ford and his colleagues also organized an exhibit, Hometown Heroes: The Lawrence Irish and the Civil War, which is currently on public display at the Library.

The lecture takes place in the Robert Frost Room of the Library, located at 51 Lawrence Street in the city of Lawrence.  For more information call 978 620-3600.

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