1861: “Your Officers Will Order You To Fire”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their WordsApril 22, 1861, Washington D.C.

…After leaving Philadelphia I received intimation that our passage through the city of Baltimore would be resisted. I caused ammunition to be distribution and arms loaded, and went personally through the cars, and issued the following order, viz:

The regiment will march through Baltimore in column of sections, arms at will. You will undoubtedly be insulted, abused, and, perhaps, assaulted, to which you must pay no attention whatever, but march with your faces square to the front, and pay no attention to the mob, even if they throw stones, bricks, or other missiles; but if you are fired upon and any one of you is hit, your officers will order you to fire. Do not fire into any promiscuous crowds, but select any man whom you may see aiming at you, and be sure you drop him. Continue reading

Maryland, My Maryland (ECW guest posts)

Baltimore Riots in 1861 set the stage for Maryland's Civil War

Baltimore Riots in 1861 set the stage for Maryland’s Civil War

This week a blog series written by yours truly was published on Emerging Civil War.

The series introducing the internal conflict experienced in the state of Maryland during the American Civil War. I enjoyed the opportunity to introduce this subject and share stories of two young people who were directly affected by the struggle.

Here are all the links “Maryland, My Maryland”:

Maryland, My Maryland, Part 1 – introduces Maryland’s role as a border state during the Civil War

Maryland, My Maryland, Part 2 – follow a young Marylander who chose to fight for the Confederacy and what happened to his family as a result of his decision

Maryland, My Maryland, Part 3 – meet Miss Eupehmia Goldsborough whose charity and Southern sympathies exiled her from her home state.

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

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