The troops of Massachusetts are the first to die for the Union in the American Civil War (1861-1865). This war was between the United States of America (the Union) and the Confederate States of America (the Confederacy). One of the main issues was slavery; the Union was opposed to slavery. Abraham Lincoln was the President of the Union at this time.

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