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In Boston, family members officially identify the bodies of the Massachusetts soldiers killed in Baltimore

Bodies of fallen Sixth Massachusetts infantrymen killed in Baltimore returned to Boston, May 1, 1861, detail
05/02/1861
The bodies of three men of the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment killed in the the rioting in Baltimore two weeks before had returned to Boston the day before and had been placed in the crypt below the King's Chapel on the corner of School Avenue and Tremont Street.  There family members, attended by Governor Andrew and the Mayors of Lowell and Lawrence, opened the coffins and identified officially the remains of Privates Sumner H. Needham, Addison O. Whitney, and Luther C. Ladd. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 53.