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Civil War Guardhouse

 
 
Civil War Guardhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Civil War Guardhouse Marker
Inscription. Fort McHenry has had several guardhouses. This one, built in 1835 and enlarged in 1857, is one of the best preserved buildings in the star fort. Soldiers on duty in this room guarded military offenders in the adjacent cells.

During the Civil War, Fort McHenry served as a transfer point for Confederate prisoners of war, most of whom were kept in buildings and stockades outside the star fort. Hi-security prisoners were locked up here.

In the city, civil rights were suspended at times during the turbulent war years. Citizens suspected of contributing to the rebellion were detained at Fort McHenry. Political prisoners including Baltimore’s mayor, and—ironically—a grandson of Francis Scott Key.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.801′ N, 76° 34.778′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Fort Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is inside the star fort at Fort McHenry. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Star-Spangled Banner (a few steps from this marker); Bombproofs (a few steps from this marker); In Full Glory Reflected
Guardhouse image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
2. Guardhouse
(a few steps from this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (a few steps from this marker); Fort McHenry (a few steps from this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (a few steps from this marker); Mortars vs. Guns (a few steps from this marker); The Ravelin (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer’s Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker). 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 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,391 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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