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Allegiance by Force? I Definitely Missed That

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Fort McHenry -- Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH

Fort McHenry — Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)
Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH

I knew Baltimore has had some trying moments through the last two hundred years — including violent riots in 1807, 1812, 1835, 1856, 1861, and 1968 — but I never knew that in the event the Southern-leaning populace decided to join the Confederacy, Fort McHenry was ordered by President Lincoln in 1861 to bombard the city that it was built to protect.

Don’t believe me? Read the following display, which I just discovered for the first time at the fort a couple of weeks ago; the image above is what presented itself when I turned around to see what was behind me.

Fort McHenry -- Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH

Fort McHenry — Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014)
Leica M 240 + Voigtländer 21/1.8 ASPH

6 thoughts on “Allegiance by Force? I Definitely Missed That

  1. marcus dilano

    This was the first location I visited a few years ago when I picked up my first DSLR. I remember reading that display and it definitely had me raising my eyebrows. Often times I have visited a historical site more than once and come away with learning something new each time.

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  2. kklinedinst

    I’ve been living in Baltimore since 1981, and didn’t realize this either. I recently designed an 1812 map & guide for the Baltimore National Heritage Area, and didn’t know this. Thanks for helping me learn something new about my home town. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  3. Tillerman

    Why the surprise?

    Secession, insurrection and armed rebellion against the United States of America will be always be met with a strong and deadly response from the armed forces of the USA.

    In 2014 as in 1861.

    Governor Perry, are you listening?

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      ??? But they hadn’t yet done anything. It’s not like they were in open rebellion, or had already taken up arms. Additionally, the threat was against an civilian populace — not against an armed foe.

      This may have happened all over the place throughout the US over the past 200 years; however, the victor usually writes history as they want it to be remembered, and usually they paint themselves in a better, more benevolent light. This was surprising to me because of the malevolent tone and the fact that it made its way to the present. In all the times that I’ve visited Fort McHenry, I’ve never seen another example of that event being discussed, posted, or shared with visitors. It really took me by surprise.

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