Acton Memorial Library
VETERAN OF THE FAMOUS 6TH MASS.
Wm. F. B. Whitney Died at South Acton Thursday After Long Illness
William F. B. Whitney died at south Acton Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was one of the first men in the country to respond to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers. He marched through the streets of Baltimore with the famous Sixth Mass regiment, which was the first regiment to go to the front, in that direful conflict. His brother was wounded in the attack of the mob on the Sixth, but the deceased escaped injury, and afterwards served in the 26th Mass regiment. He was the owner of one of the Minute Men Medals. Mr. Whitney was formerly a resident of the Soldiers’ home at Togus, Me., but for the past few months preferred to remain at his old home in Acton. Deceased lived in Marlboro many years. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters. He was about 68 years old. Funeral services at the home of his son, Harry Whitney, 77 Howland st., last Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
William Whitney passed away last week at the home of Asa Parlin, where he has boarded for some weeks. His body was taken to Marlboro for interment.