Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Baltimore Riot Trail
Flag Waving at Fawn Street
—Baltimore – A House Divided —
(Preface): On April 19, 1861, Confederate sympathizers attacked the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment as it changed trains en route to Washington, which the secessionists hoped to isolate. To learn more about the Baltimore Riot, the city’s role in the Civil War, and railroad history, please visit the Baltimore Civil War Museum—President Street Station, at the corner of President and Fleet Streets. Open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Capt. Albert S. Follansbee quickly ran into trouble as he led four companies of the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment to Camden Station by President and Pratt Streets on April 19, 1861. Although part of the regiment had reached the terminal with little opposition, a large pro-Confederate crowd gathered at President Street Station and waved a large Palmetto flag – a secession symbol – to taunt the remaining soldiers.
Follansbee had received orders to proceed to Camden Station on foot. As the 240 Massachusetts men marched up President Street, the mob threw bricks and other objects at them. A few Southern sympathizers strutted at the head of the column, insulting the troops by forcing them to march behind the Palmetto flag. Others, taking up the rear, cheered for Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the Southern Confederacy, and shouted insults at the troops. As
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 17.144′ N, 76° 36.202′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of President Street and Fawn Street, on the left when traveling north 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christopher Columbus Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Power: Baltimore's Economic Engine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Public Works Museum (about 300 feet away); Discover Little Italy: A Taste of the Past (about 500 feet away); Crafting a Legacy (about 500 feet away); Baltimore Slave Trade (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (about 600 feet away); The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. The upper right portion of the marker contains three photographs, with captions The pro-Confederate mob Gathers - Baltimore Civil War Museum and Maryland Historical Society.
Lt. Leander Lynde seizes the Pamletto Banner
1861 City Police Officer – Maryland Historical Society and Baltimore City Police Museum.
The lower left of the marker features a photograph of Capt. Albert S. Follansbee. Courtesy U.S. Army Carlisle Barracks.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the Baltimore Riot Trail.
Also see . . .
1. Baltimore Riot (April 19, 1861). (Submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Maryland Civil War Trails. Baltimore: A House Divided (Submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,564 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.