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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1GV2_civil-war-first-black-regiment_New-Bedford-MA.html
Near this spot, in February 1863, a recruiting office opened to enlist men for the first black regiment authorized to fight for the Union cause. The men who volunteered here formed Company C of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts. If captured, t…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1GJB_heroes-of-fort-wagner_New-Bedford-MA.html
During the Civil War many of the black man who enlisted at a recruiting office near this spot were mustered into Company C of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Among these recruits was New Bedford Sergeant William H. Carney. Pr…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1GIT_the-benjamin-rodman-house_New-Bedford-MA.html
Wealth with a Conscience Early whaling merchants lived in elegant houses along this street. But by the time Benjamin Rodman built this Federal style home in 1821, many of his wealthy friends were moving uphill away from this shoreside neighborhood…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16E5_whaling-capital_New-Bedford-MA.html
Whaling Capital-In 1857, ninety-five ships and barks left these wharves on whaling voyages. In that year the industry reached its peak, and half of the worldwide whaling was conducted from the New Bedford customs district. Before petroleum was dis…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16E4_working-waterfront_New-Bedford-MA.html
Working Waterfront-Standing here during the heyday of whaling you would have seen and heard the bustling of a whaling port preparing for sea: ship carpenters building vessels from great white oak timbers, and caulkers hammering oakum—-hemp m…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16DM_trial-by-fire_New-Bedford-MA.html
Trial by Fire-During the early hours of January 18, 1977, gas leaked from a cracked main into the cellar of O'Malley's Tavern, located near where you are now standing. New Bedford had suffered two straight days of record-setting cold in an overall…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16DK_twentieth-century-whaling_New-Bedford-MA.html
Twentieth-Century Whaling-As New Bedford's whaling industry declined in the 19th century, more than a dozen other nations began hunting whales using "modern" Norwegian methods, with fast, steam-powered vessels and heavy-gauge harpoon cannon. More …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16D0_making-room-johnny-cake-hill_New-Bedford-MA.html
Making Room-During the days when New Bedford dominated the whaling trade, 10,000 seamen were required to sail the fleet. Pacific islanders, New England farm boys, Cape Verdeans, Portuguese from the Azores, Wampanoag Indians, and immigrants from Eu…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16CZ_u-s-custom-house-customary-duty_New-Bedford-MA.html
Customary Duty-Replacing a makeshift operation closer to the waterfront, the U.S. Custom House at Bedford opened on this site in 1836. Here ship captains walked up the granite steps to register their crews and declare their cargoes before they wer…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM16CU_signs-of-the-time_New-Bedford-MA.html
The outward appearance of the brick and brownstone building diagonally in front of you has changed little over the years. However, the signs identifying the ownership and use of the structure have changed repeatedly. It was originally built as a b…
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