Baltimore During the Civil War by Daniel Carroll Toomey, Scott Sumpter Sheads, 1997, Toomey Press edition, Hardcover in English - 1 edition 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 . Living historians interpreting the Civil War period of Fort McHenry . Baltimore’s leading Orthodox clergyman, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Illowy of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, defended the status quo. Baltimore had always been seen as an explosive city, hypersensitive to the shifting currents of politics. The line’s construction began on July 4th, 1828. In the years following the Battle of Baltimore, Fort McHenry remained an active military fort. During the Civil War, Baltimore and its environs exemplified the divided loyalties of Maryland’s residents. Maryland would prove the adage that it was a war of brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. Baltimore During the Civil War. Following the burning of public buildings in Washington, D.C. in August 1814, it seemed obvious that Baltimore was the next target for the British. The Battle of Baltimore Changed the Direction of the War of 1812 . The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad was the first railroad chartered in the United States and was the backbone for transportation in the early 1800s. The action described in McPherson's book was to set into motion Maryland's role in the Civil War. The timing of Baltimore’s Jackson-Lee statue is very odd. NPS/Tim Ervin. The British general who had overseen the destruction in Washington, Sir Robert Ross, openly boasted that he would force the city's surrender and would make Baltimore his … . . " That day, clergy across the country spoke about the conflict from their pulpits. As the nation veered toward war, President James Buchanan designated Jan. 4, 1861, as a national day of fasting and prayer. Baltimore Town did not begin to prosper until after the American Revolution. . Why should a city in a state that sat out the Civil War erect a Confederate monument in 1948?Who erects a statue of former Confederate generals on the very heels of fighting and winning a war for democracy? — — Map (db m71334) HM by Scott Sumpter Sheads & Daniel Carroll Toomey. They were the first of more than 700,000 combat casualties during the next four years. From 1828 to 1861, the B&O had expanded into thirteen states. The war damaged one of the nation’s great railways, creating an inability to provide continuous service to its patrons until after the Civil War. The present crisis was no exception. . While most Baltimoreans felt that Lincoln should keep his hands off the South, there was also a smaller contingent of Confederate zealots there who were more than willing to go to war over it. 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