“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Patterson Park

Civil War Camp and Hospital

Patterson Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 18, 2011
1. Patterson Park Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War Patterson Park served as a U.S. Army camp, one of several established as part of the Federal occupation of Baltimore. In 1861 the 10th Maine Infantry Regiment occupied Camp Washburn (named for Maine Gov. Israel Washburn) in the southern part of the park. Soon the camp was expanded and renamed Camp Patterson. In 1862, U.S. Army General Hospital Patterson Park was established here as Baltimore became a hospital town, with similar facilities filling other city parks and open spaces. After the war, when the camp and hospital were demolished, Patterson Park was redesigned and reconstructed over several years.

Hampstead Hill, where the park is located, held a fortification called Rodgers' Bastion during the War of 1812 when British forces threatened Baltimore. Afterward, the area became a favorite of city residents for picnics and excursions. In 1827, landowner William Patterson offered six acres to the city for a park; the government purchased another 29 acres from Patterson's heirs in 1850. On July 23, 1853, 20,000 people turned out for the park's grand opening.

After the Civil War, several designers including George A. Frederick, Charles H. Latrobe, and the Olmsted firm had a hand in crafting a new version of the park. Today, Patterson Park preserves much of its picturesque Late Victorian landscape
Patterson Park Observatory image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 18, 2011
2. Patterson Park Observatory
but also includes recreational elements to encourage residential visitation and use.


Hospital Town
Patterson Park, as well as almost every other public park and plot of open space in Baltimore, became a hospital during the Civil War. Especially after the Battles of Antietam (September 17, 1862) and Gettyburg (July 1863), thousands of Union and Confederate wounded flooded into the city. Fort McHenry's post hospital treated many of the Confederate officers wounded during "Pickett's Charge" on July 3, 1863. Several Maryland relief organizations were founded in Baltimore to help treat the wounded closer to the battlefields.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Location. 39° 17.413′ N, 76° 35.029′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Patterson Park Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in Patterson Park near the Pagoda. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21224, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prelude to War (a few steps from this marker); Show of Strength (within shouting distance of this marker); The Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); This Cannon Marks Rodgers Bastion
Sign at the Gates of Patterson Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 18, 2011
3. Sign at the Gates of Patterson Park
Patterson Park Established 1827
(within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Spanish American War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Recinoso (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Casimir Pulaski (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ferdinand Clairborne Latrobe (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 498 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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