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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

B & O Railroad Station

“No malice in my heart”

 

—Antietam Campaign —

 
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By Don Morfe, October 7, 2012
1. B & O Railroad Station Marker
Inscription. At this intersection, President Abraham Lincoln spoke from a railroad car platform to Frederick residents assembled in the street on October 4, 1862. He had just returned from viewing the battlefields of South Mountain and Antietam and had called on Gen. George L. Hartsuff who was recuperating here from a wound suffered at Antietam. Lincoln was about to board a train for Washington. “I return thanks to our soldiers for the good services they have rendered, the energy they have shown, the hardships they have endured, and the blood they have shed for this Union of ours,” he said. “And also return thanks not only to the soldiers, but to the good citizens of Frederick, and to the good men, women, and children in this land of our, for their devotion to this glorious cause; and I say this with no malice in my heart toward those who have done otherwise. May our children and children’s children, for a thousand generations, continue to enjoy these benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under these glorious institutions, bequeathed to us by Washington and his compeers.”

(Sidebar): The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station played a role in abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry---one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.

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By Don Morfe, October 7, 2012
2. B & O Railroad Station Marker
Sunday evening, October 16, 1859, Brown and his supporters slipped into Harpers Ferry from the Kennedy Farm in nearby Washington County, where they had been organizing the raid since July. They seized the arsenal, killed seven men, and injured a dozen others. They cut communication lines, but a passing train crew telegraphed the news from Frederick. The next day, three Frederick volunteer fire companies organized as militia units (Independent Rifles, Junior Defenders, and United Guard) became the first out-of-state responders. They rode the train from this station to Harpers Ferry, where they patrolled the streets and guarded railroad bridges. After a company of U.S. Marines under Col. Robert E. Lee soon stormed the building and captured Brown and his men, Frederick militia units guarded the prisoners.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.726′ N, 77° 24.678′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of South Market Street and All Saints Street on South Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Don Morfe, October 7, 2012
3. B & O Railroad Station Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Braddock, Washington, and Franklin (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Crossroads of American History (about 700 feet away); The Weinberg Center (about 700 feet away); John Hanson (about 800 feet away); A Good Night's Rest (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named John Hanson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Market & Patrick Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named John Hanson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Pat Filippone, August 19, 2013
4. B & O Railroad Station Marker
Marker inside the building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on May 24, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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