Exploring the Wars of Baltimore
Photos from Exclusive Color Bearer Event
A great looking group of Civil War Trust Color Bearers and friends. (Buddy Secor)
A time for catching up with good friends aboard the USS Constellation. (Buddy Secor)
Bombs away! Aboard the USS Constellation. (Buddy Secor)
We pledge allegiance! (Buddy Secor)
Fire! (Buddy Secor)
Sunset reception aboard the USS Constellation. (Buddy Secor)
Baltimore at dusk. (Buddy Secor)
Color Bearers retracing the British invasion of Baltimore. (Buddy Secor)
Monument marking the spot where British Major General Ross received his mortal wound. (Buddy Secor)
North Point Battlefield. (Buddy Secor)
Color Bearer Amber Lass takes the helm at the Maryland Historical Society. (Buddy Secor)
Color Bearers had full, private access to the Maryland Historical Society. (Buddy Secor)
Historian Bob Mullauer explaining British movements during the Battle of Balitmore, September 1814. (Buddy Secor)
Historic tour of Ft. McHenry. (Mary Stephens)
Oh say can you see... (Mary Stephens)
Ft. McHenry, whose American flag flew defiantly throughout the 30-hour British bombardment on Baltimore in 1814. (Buddy Secor)
The Dexter brothers with Ft. McHenry historian and Park Ranger. (Buddy Secor)
Service dog in-training Coco joined the Civil War tour of Baltimore. (Susan Tyson)
About the Event
In April, Color Bearers from across the country converged in Baltimore, Maryland, for the annual Color Bearer Thank You Weekend. Renown historian and prolific author Dr. Craig Symonds set the stage for the evening with a talk about Naval war ships. A sunset reception followed aboard the historic USS Constellation and included firing cannons, private ship tours, and plenty of food, wine and camaraderie.
Perfect weather made way for Saturday’s tours led by expert historians that featured “Charm City” not only during the Civil War, but the War of 1812. Color Bearers retraced the steps of the British attack on Baltimore in September 1814, starting at North Point and stopping in such places as Battle Acre- the site of the Battle of North Point – and Hampstead Hill - the final American defense lines in Baltimore. The Civil War tour featured the city’s role as the third largest in the nation at that time. Stops included Federal Hill, related monuments and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Fort McHenry – the star-shaped fort that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” – was a highlight for both tours. The weekend culminated in after-hours access for Trust members at the Maryland Historical Society.
Baltimore was a chance for many Color Bearer members to catch up with long-time friends. For others, it was their first event, and a chance to meet new, like-minded history buffs. Everyone praised it for being well-organized, fascinating and most importantly: fun!