HISTORY BUFF ALERT:|
BALTIMORE was a bad word to many Northerners during the Civil War, and now there's a museum to tell us why.
The following week, Fort McHenry will be hosting its 5th annual Civil War weekend on April 26 and 27. Civil War re-enactment enthusiasts from all over the U.S. will be taking part in the event, authentically outfitted. Last year, over 9,000 visitors came to watch this living history program.
Scott Sheads, a Park Ranger and Civil War historian, observed, "Fort McHenry has been so wrapped in the mystical, almost folklore tradition of the 1814 battle and the song ["Star-Spangled Banner"], that we have forgotten Baltimore's role during the war. In fact, the fort's appearance is not that of 1814, but of the Civil War."
One of the re-enactment units expected this year will be the 54th Massachusetts, the famed regiment of African-Americans portrayed in the 1992 movie "Glory." This unit, along with Baltimore's own 4th U.S. Colored Troops, will tell visitors about their roles during the war.
A new attraction this year will be displays by the recently opened National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located in Frederick.
For more information about the encampment, call 625-2202
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This story was published on April 2, 1997.