Class Year

2020

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

10-30-2017

Department

Civil War Institute

Abstract

Baltimore was a city of 215,000 inhabitants on the eve of the Civil War: 215,000 souls who would soon be torn by conflicting loyalties. One of these individuals, Cosmo Mackenzie, sat down on the evening of April 12, 1861, to write a letter to his brother, Collin. Despite the rainfall all day in Baltimore, Cosmo proclaimed “the war has opened at last and all is excitement here.” Throughout the city, Baltimoreans found themselves choosing between their identities as citizens of the Union and supporters of a Southern, slave-based society. [excerpt]

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This blog post originally appeared in the Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.

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