The Civil War
is being commemorated on its 150th anniversary in the city where the war’s first bloodshed occurred — Baltimore. It’s a long way from Rhett and Scarlett and the colorful backdrop of the burning of Atlanta. Nevertheless, the city has an MGM-worthy slew of events planned the weekend of April 15–17 to mark the historic milestone. Of note: April 16, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Living History Presentations.
Actors portraying Baltimore residents in 1861 will roam crowds during a procession presenting the story of the Pratt Street Riot of April 19, 1861 (which led to the war’s first bloodshed).April 16 and April 17, Civil War Encampment.
Fort McHenry is restored to the way it was in 1861 and visitors are transported back in history as they’re surrounded by Union soldiers, cannon-firing demonstrations and fife-and-drum concerts. Children’s activities are also on tap. April 15, “The War Came by Train.”
The B&O Railroad Museum opens an exhibit of the largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the world, featuring locomotives as well as military and personal artifacts.
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