Franklintown in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Arrest of Ross Winans
On May 11, 1861, Union Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's troops occupied the railroad depot southwest of Baltimore at Relay, where a spur of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's main line turned south to Washington. The seizure of Relay yielded a surprise triumph in the capture of the "Winans Artillery Gun," a rapid-fire steam-powered cannon invented by Ross Winans, before Confederate forces could move it to Harpers Ferry. Winans, a wealthy railroad pioneer well known for his Southern sympathies, often visited his son Thomas D. Winans here at Crimea Mansion.
After Butler's men occupied Federal Hill in Baltimore on May 13, Maj. Benjamin Watson and 50 men from the 6th Massachusetts Infantry came here to arrest Ross Winans on Butler's orders. They ignored the painted logs - "Quaker Guns" or simulated cannons - that the younger Winans had deployed on the ridge below the estate to discourage Federal soldiers from entering the property. When a search
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. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1785.
Location. 39° 18.331′ N, 76° 41.928′ W. Marker has been reported damaged. Marker is in Franklintown in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Eagle Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1901 Eagle Dr, Gwynn Oak MD 21207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Crimea (a few steps from this marker); Orianda House (within shouting distance of this marker); Norman Van Allan Reeves (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chapel Caretaker House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gateway to Leaking Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crimea Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leakin Park at the Crimea Estate (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklintown.
More about this marker. The marker features images of "Winans Artillery Gun", Ross Winans, and Benjamin Watson.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,162 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 2. submitted on December 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 6. submitted on July 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.