Item #15404 Baltimore and the 19th of April, 1861. George William Brown.
Baltimore and the 19th of April, 1861

Baltimore and the 19th of April, 1861

Baltimore: N. Murray, Publication Agent, Johns Hopkins University, 1887. 8vo. Very Good. Item #15404

A beautiful copy of this rare edition documenting the events surrounding the 'Pratt Street Riot' or 'Baltimore Massacre' which led to the first blood spilled during the American Civil War, written by an eyewitness to the events as they unfolded.

Brown was Mayor of Baltimore in 1861 and handled not only this event, but also the first assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln, which occurred in the city while he on his way to his 1st Inauguration.

Maryland, a crucial border state virtually surrounding Washington, DC, was a somewhat Confederate leaning state in the years leading up to and during the early months of the war. Lincoln eventually had to occupy the state with Union troops, round up and jail influential Confederate sympathizers such as newspaper publishers, judges and politicians, as well as establish marshal law at certain times and places.

Dark green cloth. Square binding. Mild edge wear to binding with a touch of fraying at spine ends. endpapers are spilt at inner joints but the binding is holding tight. Previous owner name in pencil to front end paper. Very faint outline of a glass ring on front board, nearly imperceptible.

Overall a very nice copy of an important piece of early Civil War and Baltimore history.

Price: $250.00

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