City, port of entry, commercial metropolis of Maryland
, and sixth city in the United States
in population according to the census of 1900; on the Patapsco River
; 38 miles northeast of Washington, D. C.
The city covers an area of 28 square miles; has an admirable harbor defended by Fort McHenry
(see McHenry, Fort
); and is popularly known as “The Monumental City
has a history dating back to 1662, when its site was included in a patent for a tract of land granted to Charles Gorsuch
, the first settler on the
site of Baltimore
, in 1682, gave his name to a small stream that runs through the city.
In January, 1730, a town was laid out on the west of this stream, contained in a plot of 60 acres, and was called Baltimore
, in honor of Cecil
, Lord Baltimore.
In the same year William Fell, a ship-carpenter, purchased a tract east of the stream and called it Fell's Point
, on the extremity of which Fort McHenry
In 1732 a new town of 10 acres was laid out on the east side of the stream, and called Jonestown
It was united to Baltimore
in 1745, dropping its own name.
In 1767 Baltimore
became the county town.
The population in 1890 was 434,439; in 1900, 508,957.
When the British
army approached the Delaware River
(December, 1776), and it was feared that they would cross into Pennsylvania
and march on Philadelphia
, there was much anxiety among the patriots.
The Continental Congress, of the courage and patriotism of which there was a growing distrust, were uneasy.
Leading republicans hesitated to go further, and only Washington
and a few other choice spirits were hopeful.
When the commander-in-chief
was asked what he would do it Philadelphia
should be taken, he replied, “We will retreat beyond the Susquehanna River
, and thence, if necessary, to the Alleghany Mountains
The great body of Quakers, numerous and influential in Pennsylvania
, were opposed to the war, and loyalists abounded everywhere, Mifflin, who was a disowned member of the Society of Friends, and had witnessed the sudden growing lukewarmness of the Congress
, fearing the effect of Howe
's proclamation upon both, strongly recommended the removal of that body from Philadelphia
, who had been sent to that city to fortify it, earnestly seconded Mifflin
's proposition; and the Congress
, trembling for their personal safety, gladly complied, and adjourned (Dec. 12), to meet at Baltimore
, Dec. 20.
was invested with almost absolute control of military affairs in Philadelphia
, and the Congress
delegated its executive powers to a resident committee composed of Robert Morris
, George Clymer
, and George Walton
, to act in their behalf during their absence.
, the Congress
reassembled (Dec. 20, 1776) in a spacious brick building that stood until within a few years,
with fronts on Baltimore, Sharpe, and Liberty streets, and where, on the 23d, Rev. Patrick Allison
, first minister of the Presbyterian Church in Baltimore
, and Rev. William White
, of the Episcopal Church in Philadelphia
, were appointed chaplains.
On June 18, 1860, the adjourned convention of Democratic delegates who had assembled in Charleston
met at Baltimore
, with Mr. Cushing
in the chair.
Meeting-place of Congress in Baltimore in 1776.|
seceders from the Charleston Convention, who had been in session at Richmond
, had adjourned to Baltimore
, and claimed the right to sit in the convention from which they had withdrawn.
declined to decide the delicate question which arose, and referred the whole matter to the convention.
It was debated for some time, when it was proposed that no delegate should be admitted unless he would pledge himself to abide by the action of a majority of the convention and support its nominees.
The debates were hot and acrimonious, and at evening there were two mass-meetings of the Democracy in Baltimore
, attended by tens of thousands of citizens and strangers.
On the morning of June 19 the subject of contesting delegates was referred to the committee on credentials, and on the 21st, the committee not agreeing, two reports were submitted.
Then a very warm debate was had, in which free rein was given to the expression of opinion, and the reopening of the slave trade was advocated.
Finally, on Friday, the 22d, the majority report was adopted, and the places of most of the seceders, who were unseated, were filled by Douglas
men. Then there was another secession of delegates from the slave-labor States, and on the following morning Mr. Cushing
and a majority of the Massachusetts
delegation also withdrew.
“We put our withdrawal before you,” said Mr. Butler
F.) of that delegation, “upon the simple ground, among others, that there has been a withdrawal, in part, of a majority of the States, and, further (and that, perhaps, more personal to myself), upon the ground that I will not sit in a convention where the African slave trade — which is piracy by the laws of my country — is approvingly advocated.”
Gov. David Tod
, of Ohio
, was then called to the chair in place of Cushing
, retired, and the convention proceeded to ballot for a Presidential candidate.
Some of the Southern
members remained in the convention; and the speech of a delegate from Arkansas
), a slave-holder and friend of the system, was so liberal that it had a powerful effect upon delegates from the free-labor States in favor of Mr. Douglas
Of 194 votes cast on the second ballot, Mr. Douglas
received 181, and he was declared duly nominated.
, of Alabama
, nominated for Vice-President
, declined two days afterwards, and Herschel V. Johnson
, of Georgia
, was substituted.
The convention adjourned June 23, 1860.
Early in January, 1861, Gov. John A. Andrew
(q. v.), of Massachusetts
, tendered troops to the government for its protection.
was attacked, and on the day when the President
's call for troops was issued, Senator Wilson
telegraphed to Governor Andrew
to despatch twenty companies to Washington
The formal requisition of the Secretary of War
arrived an hour later, calling for two regiments from Massachusetts
, and before sunset the same day an order went out for four regiments to muster forthwith on Boston Common.
Benjamin F. Butler
was commissioned brigadier-general, and these regiments formed his brigade.
On the 16th Senator Wilson
telegraphed for four regiments.
They were ready, and the 6th Regiment, Colonel Jones
, was sent forward immediately, to go by way of New York, Philadelphia
, and Baltimore
The regiment consisted of eleven companies, and to these were added two more.
News had reached Baltimore
of the approach of these troops, and there was much excitement there on the morning of April 19, for they had heard of the destruction of the armory and arsenal at Harper's Ferry
the night before.
At near noon the Massachusetts
troops arrived, and the excitement was intensified.
When the train reached the President Street station, between which and Camden Street station the cars were drawn by horses, a mob of about 500 men were waiting to receive them.
The number rapidly increased, until, when the cars started, at least 2,000 men followed them, with yells, to the Camden Street station
, where another mob, which had been gathering all the morning, met them.
A mob in Pratt Street became more and more unruly, shouting lustily for “Jeff Dais and the Southern Confederacy,” and at near the corner of Gay Street, where lay a heap of stones, they broke loose from all restraint, and hurled these missiles upon the cars loaded with soldiers as they were passing.
Every window was demolished, and several soldiers were hurt.
Then the cry was raised, “Tear up the track!”
That could not easily be done, and the mob barricaded the street by dragging anchors upon it from a store near by. The troops back of the barricade alighted for the purpose of marching to the station.
They consisted of four companies.
As they began a march in close order the mob fell upon them.
The rioters were led by a man with a Confederate flag on a pole, who told the troops they should never go through the city---that “every nigger of 'em ” would be killed before they could reach the other station.
The word March
! was given to the troops, when the mob began hurling bricks and stones.
The missiles filled the air like hail, while the troops advanced at a “double-quick.”
Very soon the attack became mole furious, and several of the soldiers were knocked down by stones and their muskets taken from them.
Presently some shots were fired by the infuriated populace.
Up to this time the troops had made no resistance.
Now, finding the mob intent upon murder, the troops were ordered to cap their muskets (already loaded) and defend themselves.
They had now reached Gay Street, and the mob was full 10,000 strong, hurling stones and bricks.
Heavy pieces of iron were thrown upon them from windows.
One of them crushed a man to the earth.
Now the troops turned and fired at random at the mob. Shouts, stones, musketry, shrieks of women, and the carrying of wounded men into stores made an appalling tragedy.
The severest of the fight was in Pratt Street, between Gay and Bowley's wharf, neal Calvert Street. The mayor of Baltimore
tried to quell the storm of passion, but in vain, and the New-Englanders were left to fight their way through to the Camden Street station
They were furiously assailed at Howard Street, where about twenty slots were fired.
At a little past noon the troops entered the cars for Washington
Three of their number had been killed outright, one mortally wounded, and eight were seriously hurt and several slightly.
Nine citizens of Baltimore
were killed and many — how many is not known — were wounded.
The mob followed the cars as they went off for Washington
, more than a mile, impeding the progress of the train with stones, logs, and telegraph-poles, which the accompanying police removed.
The train was fired into from the hills on the way. The troops leached the Capitol
that evening, and were quartered in the Senate Chamber
On the night of this fearful riot Marshal Kane
and ex-Governor Lowe
went to the mayor and Governor Hicks
for authority to commit further outrages.
said he had information that other Union troops were on the way by railroad from Harrisburg
, and he wanted authority to destroy the bridges on those roads.
The mayor cheerfully gave
them power so far as his authority extended, but the governor refused.
So, without his sanction, Kane
and the mayor went to the office of Charles Howard
, president of the board of police, and received orders for the destruction of bridges on roads entering Baltimore
A gang of men was sent out who destroyed the Canton bridge
, a short distance from the city.
When a train from the north approached, it was stopped, the passengers were turned out, the cars were filled by the mob, and the engineer was compelled to run his train back to the long bridges over the Gunpowder
and Bush creeks
, arms of Chesapeake Bay
These bridges were fired and a large portion of them consumed.
Another party went up the Northern Central Railway from Baltimore
, 15 miles north, and destroyed two wooden bridges there, and smaller structures on the road.
The telegraphwires on all the leading lines out of Baltimore
, excepting the one that kept up a communication with the Confederates
at Harper's Ferry
, were destroyed, and thus all communication by telegraph and railway between Washington
and the loyal States was cut off.
passed the night of April 19 at the house of Mayor Brown
It was the night after the attack on the Massachusetts
At eleven o'clock the mayor, with the concurrence of the governor, sent a committee of three persons to President Lincoln
with a letter in which he assured the chief magistrate
that the people of Baltimore
were exasperated to the highest degree by the passage of troops through that city, and that the citizens were “universally decided in the opinion that no more should be ordered to come.”
He gave notice of the fearful riot the day before, and he requested the President
not to order or permit any more troops to pass through the city, adding, “If they should attempt it the responsibility for the bloodshed will not rest on me.”
The committee saw the President
early in the morning (April 20). The President told them that no more should come through
the city if they could pass peaceably around
it. This answer did not satisfy the Confederates
, and they pushed forward military preparations, making the capital more isolated from the loyal people every hour.
The excitement in Washington
was now becoming fearful, and at three o'clock on Sunday morning (April 21) the President
sent for Governor Hicks
and Mayor Brown
The former, with two others, hastened to Washington
At an interview with the President
and General Scott
, the latter proposed to bring troops by water to Annapolis
, and march them across Maryland
to the capital, a distance of about 40 miles. The Baltimore Confederates were not satisfied.
The “soil of Maryland
must not be polluted by the feet of National troops anywhere
On the 22d, Governor Hicks
was induced to send a message to the President
, advising him not to order any more troops across the soil of Maryland
, and to send away some who were already at Annapolis
The President replied kindly but firmly.
He reminded his Excellency
that the route of the troops across that State chosen by the general-in-chief
was farthest removed from populous towns, and said: “The President cannot but remember that there has been a time in the history of our country  when a general [Winder, of Maryland
] of the American Union, with forces designed for the defence of the capital, was not unwelcome anywhere in the State of Maryland
, and certainly not at Annapolis
, then, as now, the capital of that patriotic State; and then, also, one of the capitals of the Union
had also unwisely recommended the President
to refer the matter in dispute between the national government and Maryland
to Lord Lyons, the British
minister at Washington
To this proposition Mr. Lincoln
replied: “If eighty years could have obliterated all other noble sentiments of that age from Maryland
, the President
would be hopeful, nevertheless, that there is one that would ever remain there, as elsewhere.
That sentiment is, that no domestic contention whatever that may arise among the parties of this republic ought, in any case, to be referred to any foreign arbitrament, least of all to the arbitrament of a European monarchy.”
This rebuke was keenly felt.
Yet still another embassy in the interest of the Baltimore Confederates
visited the President
Five members of the Young Men's Christian Association of Baltimore,
with Rev. Dr. Fulton
, of the Baptist Church, at their head, waited on the President
, and assured him that if he would let the country know that he was disposed “to recognize the independence of the Southern States
, that they had formed a government of their own, and that they would never again unite with the North
,” he could produce peace.
When Dr. Fulton
expressed a hope that no more troops would be allowed to cross Maryland
, the President
replied, substantially: “I must
have troops for the defence of the capital.
are now marching across Virginia
to seize the capital and hang me. What am I to do?
have troops, I say; and, as they can neither crawl under Maryland
nor fly over it, they must come across it.”
With this significant intimation of the President
that he should take measures to defend the republic without asking the consent of the authorities or inhabitants of any State, the deputation retired, and none other was afterwards sent by the enemies of the Union
The authorities of Baltimore
, civil and military, took measures, however, to prevent any more National troops from passing through the city.
Armed men flocked into the town from the country with all sorts of weapons.
Cannons were exercised openly in the streets.
, under the direction of the city authorities, forbade the display of the national flag for thirty days, that it might not “disturb the public peace.”
The exasperated people of the free-labor States could hardly be restrained from marching on Baltimore
and laying it in ashes.
Measures were soon used to subdue that city by force.
Steps were taken to repair the burned railway bridges.
and a singular railway battery was constructed in Philadelphia
for the protection of the men engaged in the work — a car made of boileriron, musket-proof, with a 24-pound cannon mounted at one end to fire grape and chain shot.
planned a grand campaign against Baltimore
He proposed to move simultaneously upon the city four columns of troops of 3,000 men each--one from Washington
, a second from New York, a third from Perrysville
, or Elkton
, by land or water, or both.
and a fourth from Annapolis
It was thought 12,000 men would be needed for the enterprise.
They were not at hand, for 10,000 troops were yet needed at the capital for its perfect security.
The time for the execution of the plan seemed somewhat remote.
Gen. B. F. Butler
conceived a more expeditious and less cumbersome plan.
He was satisfied that the Confederates
were numerically weak, and that the Unionists, with a little help, could easily reverse the order of things there.
He hastened to Washington
to consult with General Scott
, and simply asked permission to take a regiment or two from Annapolis
, march them to the relay house on the Baltimore and Ohio Railway (9 miles from Baltimore
) and hold it, so as to cut the Confederates
off from facile communication with Harper's Ferry
The permission was granted.
“What are the powers of a general commanding a department?”
“Absolute,” responded Scott
ascertained that Baltimore was in his “department,” and he went back to Annapolis
to execute a bold plan which he had conceived.
At the close of April, 1861, he had fully 10,000 men under his command, and an equal number were guarding the seat of government.
were already asserting their rights openly.
had just cast a damper on the Confederates
by recommending, in a message to the legislature, a neutral policy for Maryland
On the evening of May 4 an immense Union meeting was held in Baltimore
These proofs of the latent force of the Unionists of Maryland
He had proposed to do himself, with a few men, at once, what Scott
proposed to do with 12.000 men in an indefinite time.
On the afternoon of May 4 he issued orders for the 8th New York and 6th Massachusetts regiments, with a battery of the Boston
Light Artillery, to proceed from Washington, D. C.
, to the relay house on the morning of the 5th.
They did so, in thirty cars.
They seized the railway station at the relay house.
accompanied them, and remained there a little more than a week.
he obtained all desired information.
Through Col. Schuyler Hamilton
, on Scott
's staff, he received permission to arrest Confederates
in and out of Baltimore
, to prevent armed bodies from joining those at Harper's Ferry
, and to look after a quantity of gunpowder said to be stored in a church in Baltimore
Towards the evening of the 13th the entire 6th Massachusetts Regiment, a part of the New York 8th, with the Boston
Light Artillery with two cannons — about 1,000 men in all — were put on cars headed towards Harper's Ferry
The train moved up the Patapsco Valley
about 2 miles, and then backed slowly to the relay house and past it. At dark it was in the Camden Street station
A heavy thunder-storm was about to burst upon the city, and, few persons being about, little was known of this portentous arrival.
marched his troops from the station to Federal Hill
in a drenching shower.
He sat down in his wet garments at past midnight and wrote a proclamation, dated “Federal Hill
, May 14, 1861,” in which it was announced that troops under his command occupied the city for the purpose of enforcing respect and obedience to the laws, as well of the State
as of the United States
, which were being “violated within its limits by some malignant and traitorous men.”
This proclamation, published in the Baltimore Clipper
in the morning, was the first intimation to the citizens that National troops were in possession of their town.
The conquest was complete, and the hold thus taken on Baltimore
was never relinquished.
was offended because of Butler
's unauthorized act, and requested President Lincoln
to remove him from the department.
The President did so, but gave Butler
the commission of a major-general and the command of a much more extended military district — the Department of Virginia, which included Fort Monroe
The chief of police
at this exciting period was George P. Kane
, with the title of “marshal.”
He was a leading Confederate in that city and an active opposer of the government in Maryland
he was the head of the Confederate
movements in Maryland
; and early in June, 1861, the national government was satisfied that a powerful combination was forming there, whose purpose was to assist the army of Confederates at Manassas
, under Beauregard
, to seize the national capital, by preventing loyal soldiers passing through that State, and aiding Marylanders to cross into Virginia
and swell the ranks of the Confederate forces.
The government took energetic steps to avert this threatened danger.
Nathaniel P. Banks
(q. v.), ex-governor
, lately commissioned major-general of volunteers, was assigned to the command of the Department of Annapolis, as Butler
's successor, with his headquarters at Baltimore
It was evident to Banks
that the board of police and Marshal Kane
were in active sympathy, if not in actual league, with the leading Confederates of Maryland
After satisfying himself of the complicity of certain officials in the movement, he ordered a large body of soldiers, armed and equipped with ball cartridges, to march into Baltimore
from Fort McHenry
before daybreak on June 2, and to arrest Marshal Kane
and place him a prisoner in that fort.
At the same time Banks
issued a proclamation, giving his reasons for the act. He did not intend to interfere with the lawful acts of the civil authority, he said, but as it was well known that a disloyal combination existed in his department, and that the chief of police
, “in contravention of his duty and in violation of law,” was “by direction or indirection both witness and protector in the transactions of armed parties engaged therein,” the government could not “regard him otherwise than as the head of an armed force hostile to its authority, and acting in concert with its avowed enemies.”
He appointed Brig.-Gen. John R. Kenly
, a citizen of Baltimore
in and for that city, to “superintend and cause to be executed the police laws” of Baltimore
, “with the aid and assistance of the subordinate officers of the police department,” assuring the citizens that when a loyal man should be appointed chief of police the military would at once yield to the civil authority.
The police commissioners met and protested against this act as illegal, and disbanded the police.
soon regulated the matter so as to quiet the citizens, and Kenly
, organizing a police force of loyal men, whom he could trust, 250 strong, took possession of the quarters of the late marshal
and police commissioners.
There he found ample evidence of treacherous
Concealed beneath the floors in several rooms he found a large number of small-arms, of every description; and in a wood-yard in the rear, in a position to command an alley, were four iron cannon with suitable cartridges and balls.
The old police commissioners continuing to hold meetings, they were arrested and sent to Fort Warren
, in Boston Harbor
At the suggestion of many Union citizens of Baltimore
, George R. Dodge
, a civilian and citizen, was appointed chief of police, and Colonel Kenly
joined his regiment — the 1st Maryland Volunteers.