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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