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Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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, February 25, 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 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. Early's attack on the Washington defenses, Maj. Harry Gilmor's cavalry threatened Baltimore, burned nearby bridged, and raided supplies. Throughout the war, the city served as a hospital
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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 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.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 16.054′ N, 76° 47.94′ W. Marker was in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker was at the intersection of Main Street (Maryland Route 144) and Hamilton Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Marker is at the Howard County Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Baltimore Regional Trail (a few steps from this marker); Yates Market & Hardware (a few steps from this marker); Starr Funeral Home (within shouting distance of this
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marker); The Sykes Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Wootton Law Offices (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
More about this marker. This is one of "The Chesapeake Bay" series of Maryland Civil War Trails markers.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,934 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 1, 2020