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Baltimore Honors 150th Anniversary of the First Bloodshed of the Civil War

Fort McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland, played an important role in the War of 1812 as well as the American Civil War.

Beginning this spring, Baltimore will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, as it was in Baltimore that the first blood was shed. The city has pulled together a robust calendar of special events and attractions to bring an important part of U.S. history alive for visitors of all ages.
Civil War Baltimore offers a look at a large American city (at the time, it was the third largest) in a state that did not secede but was overseen and at times administered by the U.S. Army. After a violent skirmish that drew the first blood in the conflict, Federal troops moved in. For the next four years, Baltimoreans who supported the South lived under the watchful eyes of a military commander and his provost marshal. The city cared for tens of thousands wounded from both sides while serving as a major transportation hub and supply depot for the Union army. To visit Baltimore is to see how this story unfolded.
On the weekend of April 15-17, 2011, Baltimore will commemorate the Pratt Street Riot, which led to the first bloodshed of the Civil War. The weekend will include a procession on Pratt Street, the grand re-opening of President Street Station, living history presentations throughout the city, a symposium hosted by the National Park Service, a Civil War living history encampment and candlelight tours at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

Union troops manned historic Fort McHenry during the Civil War

Beyond the weekend events in April, the city will also host events throughout the year to educate visitors on the importance Baltimore has had during our country’s history. Those attractions include:
Riots, Railroads and the Coming of Mr. Lincoln
February 23, 2011 – December 2011
The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, housed in the former Camden Station, marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s first visit to the station while also exploring Civil War events and American railroading.

The War Came By Train

Opens April 15, 2011
The B&O Railroad Museum will exhibit the largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the world, featuring locomotives and rail cars as well as military and personal artifacts (some never before seen on public display). A narrated, roundtrip train ride will be available to the original site of Camp Carroll, the largest Union encampment in Baltimore.
Divided Voices, Maryland in the Civil War
Opens April 16, 2011
The Maryland Historical Society shares stories of a state caught in the middle. A Civil War Expo will bring the 1860s to life with a time tunnel, live performances, music and other exciting features.
Special Exhibit – 150th anniversary of the Civil War
Opens April 29, 2011
Join the Mount Clare Museum House and experience Camp Carroll, a Civil War camp in what is now known as Carroll Park. A special exhibition will feature Civil War memorabilia and artifacts.
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The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad during the Civil War; now a museum