Introduction
 

On May 28, 1863, the largest crowd in Boston's history assembled to send off the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment to fight in the Civil War. Many onlookers had purchased a souvenir of the day containing a quote from the English poet Lord Byron:

"Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow."
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