Monday, September 22, 2014

Visited Baltimore's Civil War Museum!

Baltimore's Civil War Museum
Rob and Tom at a display
Baltimore's Civil War museum is a free museum located near the Inner Harbor. It's a small museum with a lot of interesting information in it. I didn't know that the building was once a railroad station called the "President Street Depot." The former wooden station platform extended behind it (demolished in the 1920s) toward where Fell's Point is located (east of the Inner Harbor). 

Action at the President Street Depot
The President Street Station in BaltimoreMaryland, is a former train station. Built in 1850, the station was an important rail transportation link during the Civil War. Today, it is the oldest surviving big-city railroad terminal in the United States and is home to the Baltimore Civil War Museum.

WHAT RAILROAD DID THE STATION SERVE? -  The Baltimore and Port Deposit Rail Road (B&PD), founded in 1832, completed a rail line from Baltimore to the western shore of the Susquehanna River in 1837
Display of Baltimore Riots during Civil War
   The displays explained how Maryland was a southern sympathizer until the Union troops moved in and educated them. :)  There's also an extensive display of how the Underground Railroad ran through the state and the Baltimore riots during the Civil War period. Gives you a good feel for what happened that you won't read about in history books.

Rob and Tom in the museum
WHAT IS THE BALTIMORE RIOTS? - The Baltimore riot of 1861 (also called the Pratt Street Riot and the Pratt Street Massacre) was a conflict that took place on April 19, 1861, in Baltimore, Maryland between Confederate sympathizers and members of the Massachusetts militia en route to Washington for Federal service. It is regarded by historians as the first bloodshed of the American Civil War.
   The train station was involved in the Baltimore riot of 1861, when Massachusetts troops bound for Washington were marching to the B&O Camden Station ten blocks west and were attacked by an angry mob of Southern sympathizers, with several people killed in the ensuing melee.
Front entrance is the former back of the railroad station
   If you're walking the Inner Harbor, walk over to this museum. It's small, but worthwhile.
  This is a great museum and well worth visiting!!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next