Baltimore Regional Trail

Baltimore Regional Trail (HML5)

Location: Ellicott City, MD 21043 Howard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.054', W 76° 47.94'

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A House Divided

During 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 1963, 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 bridged, 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.
Please drive carefully as you enjoy the Baltimore Regional Civil War Trail and other Civil War Trail sites throughout Maryland.
HM NumberHML5
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 4:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 344804 N 4348011
Decimal Degrees39.26756667, -76.79900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.054', W 76° 47.94'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 3.24" N, 76° 47' 56.40" W
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Area Code(s)202, 410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10-98 Hamilton St, Ellicott City MD 21043, US
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