Passage Through Baltimore

“Baltimore had always been seen as an explosive city, hypersensitive to the shifting currents of politics. The present crisis was no exception. While most Baltimoreans felt that Lincoln should keep his hands off the South, there was also a smaller contingent of Confederate zealots there who were more than willing to go to war over it. Sending Northern troops through their hometown was like putting a lit match to a powder keg.”

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One of the things I like about working in downtown Baltimore is imagining the history underneath the asphalt. It’s much closer than you’d think.