Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Baltimore Riot Trail
Death at President Street Station
In 1861, as the Civil War began, Baltimore secessionists hoped to stop rail transportation to Washington and isolate the national capital. On April 19, the 6th Massachusetts Regiment arrived here at the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad’s President Street Station at 10 a.m. en route with other troops to Washington to answer President Abraham Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers to counter the “rebellion.” Because of anti-Unionist demonstrations the day before, the 720 soldiers were ordered to load their weapons while horses pulled their cars to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Camden Station (locomotives were banned from the city streets).
Regimental commander Col. Edward Jones led the first of seven cars to Pratt Street and safely across the waterfront. The eighth car turned back after Southern sympathizers blocked the rails. From Camden Station, Jones sent orders to Capt. Albert S. Follansbee, commanding the remaining four companies here: “You will march to this place as quick as possible [and] follow the rail-road track.”
The Lowell City Regimental Band, baggage, and supply cars remained here after Follansbee left, awaiting their own instructions. When a pro-Confederate mob threw bricks at the musicians, they tore the stripes
Col. William F. Small’s 1,200-man 26th Pennsylvania Volunteers (Washington Brigade of Philadelphia) had also arrived with the 6th Massachusetts. As Small persuaded railroad officials to pull the train and troops out of the city to safety, the mob attacked, fatally injuring Pennsylvania Volunteer George Leisenring. The riot here lasted for more than two hours until Baltimore Police Marshal George P. Kane restored order.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 17.044′ N, 76° 36.143′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of President Street and Fleet Street, on the right when traveling south on President Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President Street Station (a few steps from this marker); Baltimore Public Works Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Discover Little Italy: A Taste of the Past (about 400 feet away); Katyn Remembered (about 600 feet away); Christopher Columbus Memorial (about 600 feet away); Water Power: Baltimore's Economic Engine (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (about 700 feet away); Living Classrooms Foundation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Coast Guard Cutter Taney (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the Baltimore Riot Trail.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 6,450 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.