Baltimore in the 1860s

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Basin of the Patapsco from Federal Hill, Baltimore, 1862, 1862, Frank M. Gren, "Annapolis Collection"

Gifford’s Painting of Patapsco from Federal Hill

I’m guessing that many of you have already seen this famous painting by Robinson Gifford, painted during the Civil War. It’s a beautiful view of the Patapsco Basin from Federal Hill. Source: Smithsonian

Colonel Hawkins

Confederate Officer’s Opinion of Lincoln’s Assassination

This is an interesting, short article from The Baltimore Sun, printed on April 27th, 1865. It’s a letter to the newspaper from a Confederate officer, imprisoned at Camp Chase in Ohio after the end of the Civil War. Office of Agent...

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1863 Advertisement for A Wife

Now this is a creative way to find yourself a wife. Place a classified ad in The Baltimore Sun. That’s what this gentleman did exactly 150 years ago today. The best part is this line: ” … may avail herself of...

flag over the custom house - 1861

Confederate Riots Suppressed; Union Flag Flies Over Baltimore

Last week we wrote about how the city of Baltimore was perceived to be unfriendly to the Union. That’s because it was. Lincoln was going to be in a seriously bad place if both Virginia AND Maryland were Confederate. Washington...

Camp Belger, Baltimore, M'd. : 114th Regt. New York S. Volunteers--Col. Elisha B. Smith, Lieut. Col. Sam. R. Per Lee, Major Henry B. Morse.

Camp Belger in 1862

Here’s a drawing that we dug up at the Library of Congress showing Camp Belger during the Civil War, in 1862. Source: Library of Congress