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Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Baltimore Riot Trail

Flag Waving at Fawn Street


—Baltimore – A House Divided —

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By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2006
1. Flag Waving at Fawn Street Marker
(Preface): On April 19, 1861, Confederate sympathizers attacked the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment as it changed trains en route to Washington, which the secessionists hoped to isolate. To learn more about the Baltimore Riot, the city’s role in the Civil War, and railroad history, please visit the Baltimore Civil War Museum—President Street Station, at the corner of President and Fleet Streets. Open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Capt. Albert S. Follansbee quickly ran into trouble as he led four companies of the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment to Camden Station by President and Pratt Streets on April 19, 1861. Although part of the regiment had reached the terminal with little opposition, a large pro-Confederate crowd gathered at President Street Station and waved a large Palmetto flag – a secession symbol – to taunt the remaining soldiers.

Follansbee had received orders to proceed to Camden Station on foot. As the 240 Massachusetts men marched up President Street, the mob threw bricks and other objects at them. A few Southern sympathizers strutted at the head of the column, insulting the troops by forcing them to march behind the Palmetto flag. Others, taking up the rear, cheered for Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the Southern Confederacy, and shouted insults at the troops. As
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By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2006
2. Flag Waving at Fawn Street Marker
Second marker on the Baltimore Riot Trail.
the soldiers reached the corner of Fawn Street here, rocks knocked down and injured two of them. Having endured enough, Lt. Leander Lynde stepped from the ranks, seized the Palmetto banner, and tore it from its staff. He then coolly tucked it under his coat and rejoined his company. The only help for the beleaguered soldiers came in the form of a lone Baltimore policeman standing here. He demonstrated extraordinary courage by agreeing to help Follansbee’s men reach Camden Station, more than a mile away.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 17.144′ N, 76° 36.202′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of President Street and Fawn Street, on the left when traveling north on President Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Power: Baltimore's Economic Engine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Public Works Museum (about 300 feet away); Crafting a Legacy (about 500 feet away); Baltimore Slave Trade (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (about 600 feet away); The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum (about 600 feet away); The Star Spangled Banner (about 600 feet away); Flag House (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. The upper right portion of the marker contains three photographs, with captions The pro-Confederate mob Gathers - Baltimore Civil War Museum and Maryland Historical Society.

Lt. Leander Lynde seizes the Pamletto Banner

1861 City Police Officer – Maryland Historical Society and Baltimore City Police Museum.

The lower left of the marker features a photograph of Capt. Albert S. Follansbee. Courtesy U.S. Army Carlisle Barracks.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the Baltimore Riot Trail.
Also see . . .
1. Baltimore Riot (April 19, 1861). (Submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Maryland Civil War Trails. Baltimore: A House Divided (Submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,444 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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