Civil War Guardhouse

Civil War Guardhouse (HM124)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 15.801', W 76° 34.778'

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Fort McHenry has had several guardhouses. This one, built in 1835 and enlarged in 1857, is one of the best preserved buildings in the star fort. Soldiers on duty in this room guarded military offenders in the adjacent cells.

During the Civil War, Fort McHenry served as a transfer point for Confederate prisoners of war, most of whom were kept in buildings and stockades outside the star fort. Hi-security prisoners were locked up here.

In the city, civil rights were suspended at times during the turbulent war years. Citizens suspected of contributing to the rebellion were detained at Fort McHenry. Political prisoners including Baltimore's mayor, and—ironically—a grandson of Francis Scott Key.
HM NumberHM124
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Fort McHenry series
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 12:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363721 N 4347190
Decimal Degrees39.26335000, -76.57963333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.801', W 76° 34.778'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 48.06" N, 76° 34' 46.68" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1483 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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