Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Building the Fort
The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry pitched its tents here on July 27. Led by Col. Abram Duryee, the unit was outfitted in colorful Zouave uniforms: a tasseled fez, short braided jacket, baggy trousers and long sash inspired by the French Army’s famed North African troops. After Duryee’s second in command, Lt. Col. Gouverneur Kemble Warren, proposed a fort here, ground was broken on August 24. When Duyree was promoted to general, Warren took command as colonel. Laboring in 400-man shifts, the Zouaves constructed a massive earthworks here. The first artillery piece as mounted on October 1, and by the end of the month, 42 guns were added, including 6 8-inch Columbiads and 22 32-pounders. Within the ramparts, regimental carpenters built officers’ quarters and barracks sufficient for 1,000 soldiers.
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. 39° 16.818′ N, 76° 36.487′ W. Marker is in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Warren Street. Marker is in Federal Hill Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel George Armistead (here, next to this marker); Major General Samuel Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Federal Hill (about 400 feet away); Pride of Baltimore 226 Warren Avenue (about 700 feet away); Generating Electricity from the Sun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Port of Baltimore (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Federal Hill Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,345 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on September 17, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3. submitted on April 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.