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Baltimore Regional Trail

A House Divided

 

—War on the Chesapeake Bay —

 
Baltimore Regional Trail - A House Divided Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 6, 2006
1. Baltimore Regional Trail - A House Divided Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, Baltimore and its environs exemplified the divided loyalties of Maryland's residents. The city had commercial ties to the South as well as the North, and its secessionist sympathies erupted in violence on April 19, 1861, when pro-Confederate mobs attacked Massachusetts troops en route to Washington, D.C. Because of Baltimore's strategic importance, President Abraham Lincoln acted swiftly, stationing Federal troops in the city and jailing civilians suspected of disloyalty. Some area residents joined the Confederate army, but many others supported the Union. After the Emancipation Proclamation permitted African-American enlistment in 1863, U.S. Colored Troops regiments were recruited and trained in Baltimore and the vicinity. Naval vessels, such as USS Constellation, supported the Union war effort on the Chesapeake Bay and the high seas, countering the flow of contraband goods to the Confederacy. In 1863, during Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's attack on the Washington defenses, Maj. Harry Gilmor's cavalry threatened Baltimore, burned nearby bridges, and raided supplies. Throughout the war, the city served as a hospital and prisoner-of-war assembly center. Political prisoners were detained at Fort McHenry, home of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Despite the city's divided loyalties, Baltimore remained a Union stronghold
Baltimore Regional Trail - A House Divided Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 6, 2006
2. Baltimore Regional Trail - A House Divided Marker
until the end of the war.
Please drive carefully as you enjoy the Baltimore Regional Civil War Trail and other Civil War Trail sites throughout Maryland.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.094′ N, 76° 37.182′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from West Camden Street near South Howard Street. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Camden Street Station, now a museum. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Riot Trail (here, next to this marker); Great Railroad Strike of 1877 (a few steps from this marker); On to Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Babe’s Dream (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wrestling in Maryland (about 300 feet away); Richard H. Trainor (about 500 feet away); Wilkens Building (about 600 feet away); Old Otterbein Church (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,049 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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