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Allegiance by Force

 
 
Allegiance by Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. Allegiance by Force Marker
Inscription.
"if there should be an uprising in Baltimore, I shall be compelled to try to put it down; and that gun is the first I shall fire." -- Major General John Dix, U.S. Army,1861

At the beginning of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln directed the U.S. Army to prevent Maryland from joining the Southern Confederacy "even if necessary" he ordered, "to the bombardment of the cities." As a result the Army quickly mounted heavy seacoast mortars, and two large 10-inch columbiad cannons at Fort McHenry. In July 1861, a delegation of women visited the fort to complain about the federal occupation of Baltimore. On this spot General Dix made it clear he would not hesitate to fire if he felt it necessary to hold Baltimore. Capable of firing exploding shells, the guns of Fort McHenry threatened the city with "bursting bombs" similar to those the fort had persevered the city from in 1814.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 15.83′ N, 76° 34.784′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from E. Fort Avenue. Click for map. The marker is on the ramparts of the northeast bastion of Fort Mchenry. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Allegiance by Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. Allegiance by Force Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Star Spangled Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); Preservation of Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Evolution of Fort McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ravelin (within shouting distance of this marker); Remember 1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); Star-Spangled Banner (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Statue of Orpheus & Grain Elevator image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
3. Statue of Orpheus & Grain Elevator
The view from the northeast bastion and the Allegiance by Force marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 508 times since then and 41 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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