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Divided Voices: April 12, 1861, just five days after Fort Sumter, South Carolina surrendered, tensions in Baltimore exploded in violence. Locomotives were not permitted in the city, so soldiers had to march along the railroad tracks from President Street Station to Camden Station (1½ miles) while horses drew the train cars. Confederate sympathizers attacked Massachusetts militia troops en route to Washington, D.C. along the Pratt Street waterfront. A riot broke out resulting in the deaths of six Union soldiers and 15 civilians. The Civil War’s first bloodshed stained Baltimore’s streets.


Welcome aboard our April 12, 2014 Civil War Round Table field trip. It will be led by Dan Toomey, a well qualified speaker, guide, historian and author of seven books. In addition, he is the curator at Baltimore & Ohio’s Railroad Museum, the largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the world. Dan blends this museum with battles, raids, and operational challenges. His detailed account of the railroad combines locomotives, armored railroad cars, hospital trains, and large-scale troop movements into a very memorable tour. Few think about the Civil War and Fort McHenry, until the full story is known about this National Monument & Historic Sight. In addition to the founding of Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner, Major George Armistead’s Fort McHenry, the British fleet bombardment, the hospital, prison, and our American flag, all brought together in this Patriotic visit. Federal Hill, originally Signal Hill, for its spectacular view and role in signaling ship traffic. It was renamed honoring the Federal Constitution in 1789. In 1861, General Ben Butler built a fort on its heights, garrisoned by artillery whose guns could easily reach any part of the city. Fearing Confederate attacks from southern sympathizers, additional troops were added encircling the installation. In addition, it was a Civil War hospital receiving wounded soldiers, from both sides, primarily the Battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.

Lunch at Inner Harbor and/or tour the U.S.S. Constellation. Exit the bus, elect from more than three dozen restaurants, and/or, tour the U.S.S. Constellation sloop-of-war. Commissioned in 1854, she initially performed diplomatic duties, but the Civil War saw her disrupting slave trade and overpowering ships bringing slaves to the south. She was a deterrent to Confederate cruisers, blockade runners, and commerce raiders of America’s coast line and in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Maryland Historical Society, is one of the oldest cultural institutions a state-of-the-art - museum. This is where you’ll find the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s The Stars-Spangled Banner. You’ll have the opportunity to examine Maryland’s role as a border state; learn about slavery; the Pratt Street Riot; the occupation of Baltimore; U.S. Colored Troops; the evolution of photography; touch the lives of Maryland’s citizens; interact with primary sources; objects of oral histories; including many related maps and photo’s. Along the way you’ll see a vast number of added attractions including the very first, 178 foot tall, George Washington Monument ever created, plus four historic ships in the harbor, including the U.S.S. Constellation.

The price of the field trip is $95. This includes round-trip deluxe motor-coach transportation from Hummelstown, Lower Dauphin High School, at 6:00 a.m., and the Camp Hill Radisson Hotel Convention Center, at 6:30 a.m., driver tip and guide. Lunch and dinner will be on your own in a variety of Inner Harbor restaurants.

Your $25 deposit will hold your seat, with the balance due by March 15, 2014. Cancellations received before March 15, 2014 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after March 15, will receive refund ONLY if the open seat has been filled by another person.

Registration Information

To register, complete the form below and mail it to Ricky Hollis, Hershey CWRT Field Trip, 157 Pickwick Circle, Palmyra, PA. 17078.  Your $25 deposit will hold your seat, with the balance due by March 15, 2014.  Cancellations received before March 15, 2014 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations after March 15, will receive refund ONLY if the open seat has been filled by another person.

Make check payable to HERSHEY CWRT.  Questions/information to Ricky Hollis, 473-3725 or email at


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