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.
During eight months of garrison duty, Warren brought the Zouaves to a superb state of discipline and tactical skill, and the regiment made many friends in Baltimore. Sgt. Stephen Bogardus wrote, “Visitors
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 16.818′ N, 76° 36.487′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Warren Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Federal Hill Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
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 (about 400 feet away); Generating Electricity from the Sun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Port of Baltimore (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Olmsted Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,159 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 17, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on April 13, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 21, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.