A House DividedDuring the Civil War, Baltimore and its environs exemplified the divided loyalties of Maryland's residents. The city had commercial ties to the South as well as the North, and its secessionist sympathies erupted in violence on April 19, 1861, when pro-Confederate mobs attacked Massachusetts troops en route to Washington, D.C. Because of Baltimore's strategic importance, President Abraham Lincoln acted swiftly, stationing Federal troops in the city and jailing civilians suspected of disloyalty. Some area residents joined the Confederate army, but many others supported the Union. After the Emancipation Proclamation permitted African-American enlistment in 1863, U.S. Colored Troops regiments were recruited and trained in Baltimore and the vicinity. Naval vessels, such as USS Constellation, supported the Union war effort on the Chesapeake Bay and the high seas, countering the flow of contraband goods to the Confederacy. In 1863, during Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's attack on the Washington defenses, Maj. Harry Gilmor's cavalry threatened Baltimore, burned nearby bridges, and raided supplies. Throughout the war, the city served as a hospital and prisoner-of-war assembly center. Political prisoners were detained at Fort McHenry, home of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Despite the city's divided loyalties, Baltimore remained a Union stronghold until the end of the war.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
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|Date Added||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:35am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 349839 N 4348198|
|Decimal Degrees||39.27013333, -76.74070000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 16.208', W 76° 44.442'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 16' 12.48" N, 76° 44' 26.52" W|
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|Area Code(s)||410, 443, 202, 301|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2 Osborne Ave, Catonsville MD 21228, US|
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