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Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Baltimore Regional Trail

A House Divided

 
 
Baltimore Regional Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
1. Baltimore Regional Trail Marker
Inscription. War on the Chesapeake Bay. During the Civil War, Baltimore and its environs exemplified the divided loyalties of Marylandís 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 Baltimoreís 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 1963, 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. Earlyís attack on the Washington defenses, Maj. Harry Gilmorís 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 cityís divided
Baltimore Regional Trail A House Divided Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, October 18, 2007
2. Baltimore Regional Trail A House Divided Marker
loyalties, Baltimore remained a Union stronghold 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° 12.631′ N, 76° 3.92′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Cross Street, on the right. Click for map. Marker is in the Visitorís Center parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Beck Nicholson (here, next to this marker); American Victory (here, next to this marker); Chestertown, First Population Center of the United States (within shouting distance of this marker); George Vickers (within shouting distance of this marker); Tercentenary Celebration (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); On This Site Stood the Courthouse (about 500 feet away); In This Church (about 500 feet away); John Leeds Barroll (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chestertown.
 
Additional comments.
1. What's this marker doing here, in Chestertown?
Baltimore Regional Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
3. Baltimore Regional Trail Marker
It's not clear why this marker is located here in Chestertown across the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore. Perhaps to Chestertown's yachtsmen Chestertown is the gateway to Baltimore.
    — Submitted January 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Map -- Baltimore Regional Trail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
4. Map -- Baltimore Regional Trail
Baltimore City image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
5. Baltimore City
Baltimore Riot Trail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
6. Baltimore Riot Trail
"Attack on the Massachusetts 6th at Baltimore, April 19, 1861" image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
7. "Attack on the Massachusetts 6th at Baltimore, April 19, 1861"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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