Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Baltimore Riot Trail
Barricade at Jones Falls Bridge
—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.
While Capt. Albert S. Follansbee waited at President Street Station with the last four companies of the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, horses pulled several carloads of soldiers to Camden Station. Near the bridge here, however, an anchor and other objects on the tracks at Pratt and President Streets derailed the seventh car carrying Maj. Benjamin Watson’s company. Watson commandeered a passing team of horses and got the car back on the tracks, but a pro-Confederate mob attacked with stones and bricks, shattering windows and sending glass flying through the car.
The frightened driver quickly unhitched his horses and tried to blend into the crowd, but Watson brought him back at gunpoint to reattach the team and pull the car to safety as the soldiers lay on the floor. Watson ordered them to “ignore the assault and to lie still as they were not being fired upon.”
Back at President Street Station, Follansbee received orders to march his companies to Camden Station. Harassed by the mob along the way, the men reached the Jones Falls Bridge to find a barricade, including a cannon, blocking their path here. Had the gun been loaded, it might have raked the streets with deadly effect, but the soldiers simply climbed over the obstructions and continued their march.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 17.215′ N, 76° 36.289′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of President Street and Pratt 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. Heritage Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Slave Trade (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crafting a Legacy (about 400 feet away); Exodus 1947: "The ship That Launched a Nation" (about 400 feet away); The Star Spangled Banner Flag was Born Here (about 400 feet away); Flag House (about 500 feet away); The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum (about 500 feet away); The Star Spangled Banner (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker is a picture with the caption At Union Dock to the south, a pier warehouse was later converted into a hospital to receive and care for wounded soldiers.
Below that are photos of Capt. Albert S. Follansbee – Courtesey U.S. Army Carlisle Barracks” and “Maj. Benjamin Watson.
The lower left of the marker is a sketch of Jones Falls Bridge, mid-19th-century view.
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 2,264 times since then and 59 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.