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Baltimore in the Civil War: The Pratt Street Riot and a City Occupied
On April 19, 1861, the first blood of the Civil War was spilled in the streets of Baltimore. En route to Camden Station, Union forces were confronted by angry Southern sympathizers, and at Pratt Street the crowd rushed the troops, who responded with lethal volleys. Four soldiers and twelve Baltimoreans were left dead. Marylanders unsuccessfully attempted to further cut ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published September 24th 2010 by History Press (SC)
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Short book that covers the Baltimore Pratt Street Riot and its aftermath. The book describes the riot in pretty good detail including a lot of geographical references that helped me place exactly where everything happened. The author then goes into how Lincoln handled the growing rebellion in Baltimore by suspending habeas corpus. There's a rather random chapter about the history of habeas corpus and the Magna Carta, and while I understand the motivation behind including it, it seemed very out ...more
This is a very good book, well researched and well written. There was a riot in Baltimore in April 1861, right after the war was declared, and that was the site of the first blood shed. I always thought it happened at Fort Sumter, but no one on either side was injured then. The Baltimorians wanted to stop the passage of Federal troops through their town because the troops were headed toward the seceded Soouthernn states. The people of Baltimore were trying to stem the invasion from the North. If ...more
Unless you're interested in the Civil War or the history of Baltimore, you will not enjoy this book. Fortunately the title is a dead giveaway about what to expect. It is well organized and researched, and appropriately short for its narrow scope. However, Ezratty lacks the strong or poetic voice necessary to make this book a pleasant read. You'll be happy you read this if it's your kinda thing, but you're going to have to force yourself to finish. Including some simple maps would have made some ...more