‘The Dying Began in Baltimore’

2008 photo of President Street Station (MamaGeek via WIkipedia)
2008 photo of President Street Station (MamaGeek via WIkipedia)

Just a few days after Fort Sumter fell in April 1861, a Union regiment from Massachusetts made the daylong journey down the length of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad’s main line. Disembarking at President Street Station in harborside Baltimore, the troops boarded trolley cars bound for the Baltimore & Ohio station, where they aimed to continue their journey south. Instead, they were attacked by a pro-Confederate mob, and 16 Union soldiers became the first casualties of the Civil War. Continue reading