Did you know...

"…that in November of 1861, Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”? "
"…that on November 19th, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis asked his Congress for a railway linking the eastern and western interior of the Confederacy?"
"…that prior to his raid on Harper’s Ferry, John Brown rented a small Maryland farmhouse under the pseudonym Isaac Smith?"
"…that George Washington gave his resignation speech to the Continental Congress in the Old Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House?"
"…that John Marshall, the longest-serving Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), was also the author of one of the first biographies of George Washington? "
"…that Baltimore’s monument to George Washington was completed more than fifty years before the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.?"
"…that the “Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, did not become our national anthem until 1931?"
"On the evening of May 13, 1861, General Benjamin Butler and 1,000 Union soldiers arrived at Baltimore's Camden Street Station by train. Under the cover of a thunderstorm, they fortified Federal Hill to ensure the city of Baltimore remained under Union control, after the Pratt Street Riot less than a month earlier."
" …that Abraham Lincoln received only 2% of Maryland’s votes during the 1860 election?"
"…that on October 4th, 1861, the U.S. Navy authorized construction of its first ironclad warship (later named the Monitor)? "
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