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Lawrence in the Civil War 1861-1865 – A White Fund Presentation

Honoring the Sacrifice and Courage of Lawrence's Civil War Veterans. Presented by the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard. November 17, 7pm

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation!

The story of the Lawrence men who served during the Civil War is kept alive by members of the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard.

During a White Fund lecture titled “Lawrence in the Civil War 1861-1865,” Guard members Larry West and Dan Gagnon will share the stories of those who answered the call and those who remained behind to support them, from the first bloodshed at Baltimore to the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.

The people of Lawrence were more than ready to offer their assistance when President Lincoln requested on April 15, 1861 that the northern states send 75,000 soldiers to the nation’s capital to suppress the rebellion.  In fact, 33-year-old Sumner Needham of Lawrence, was the first soldier to fall mortally wounded during the Pratt Street Riot in Baltimore, Maryland, which marked the first deaths of the Civil War.

The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion will follow with guard members Joe Bella, Elizabeth Charlton, and Sean Sweeney.

About the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard

Through research into the lives of the Lawrence residents who served, to the beautification of Civil War soldiers’ grave sites, to public programs that educate the public about their service, members of the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard have worked to develop, enhance and support the preservation, education, and remembrance of Civil War history in, of, and about Lawrence.


Lawrence United Lodge, A.F&A.M
43 Jackson Street
Lawrence MA

The lighted parking lot and entrance are at the rear of the building, with additional on street parking. Upon entering the building, guests may head down stairs, straight into the awaiting hall.

More Information

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.). Please contact the host of this event for requests, questions or event information, Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant Analuz Garcia, 978-738-7423 or agarcia@necc.mass.edu

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.