One Week After the War BeganOn April 18-19, 1861, a week after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, Confederate sympathizers attacked U.S. Army forces en route to Washington in Baltimore, 35 miles southwest of here. On the second day shots were fired and soldiers died. Telegraph service was cut off; railroad bridges south of the Susquehanna River were burned, and Washington was in danger of isolation in Confederate territory. In response, Cecil County Unionists guarded the rail lines, hoisting U. S. flags along the way, and Fort Dare was quickly established in Perryville. The town and port became vitally important to the survival of the U. S. Government overnight.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 9:07pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 407402 N 4379167|
|Decimal Degrees||39.55720000, -76.07785000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 33.432', W 76° 4.671'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 33' 25.92" N, 76° 4' 40.26" W|
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|Area Code(s)||410, 443|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1701-1771 MD-7, Perryville MD 21903, US|
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