Kennedy Farm
John Brown Interior Engine House
Baltimore Riot
Harriet Tubman
Fort McHenry
Battle of South Mountain
Point Lookout
Battle of Monocacy
Frederick Douglas
Maryland Monument
Christian Fleetwood
Maryland Flag
 
Thank you for your interest in the MD Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ petition to urge the State of Maryland to observe and commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States. Maryland played a key role during this tragic period of our country’s history.

Once you've viewed the presentation, you will see the petition with instructions on how to lend your support.

The SCV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of descendents of Confederate soldiers and sailors. Membership is open to all regardless of race, creed, or color. The SCV condemns the misuse of any and all of our symbols and flags by hate groups.
Kennedy Farm in Washington County, Maryland served as headquarters for John Brown's raiders.

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On October 16, 1859, John Brown set out from Maryland to seize weapons from the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

He planned to start a revolt by arming slaves through Virginia and eventually further south.

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The first blood of the war was spilled in Baltimore where Maryland citizens protested Federal Troops being shipped through the city.

A riot ensued and nearly a dozen Baltimore residents were shot dead.

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Born in Dorchestor County, Maryland in 1822, Harriet Tubman was a conductor for the underground railroad, nurse, and Union spy.

She also became the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, guiding a raid on the Combahee River that liberated more than seven hundred slaves.

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The President of the United States had the Maryland state legislature arrested to prevent a vote on secession.

Many citizens, including newspaper editors, were arrested by the Military for their political views and sent to Fort McHenry and other jails.

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Following the battles on South Mountain, September 17, 1862 became the bloodiest day in American history.

Nearly 23,000 soldiers were killed wounded or missing at the Battle of Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland.

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Following the battle of Gettysburg, the Federal Army created the prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout Maryland.

Confederate POW's and civilian political prisoners suffered through primitive conditions while imprisoned here.

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The battle of Monocacy became "The Battle that saved Washington" and took place here in Maryland in July 1864.

Confederate troops marched from this battle through Montgomery County, Maryland to invade Washington, DC.

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"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will..."

Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist, was born in 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. He pushed for African Americans to be allowed to engage in the fight for their freedom.

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At the war's outset, about 60,000 Marylanders joined the Union army and 25,000 fought for the Confederacy.

Maryland freely and generously sent her sons, brothers, and fathers to fight on both sides of the conflict.

This Maryland Monument at Gettysburg was dedicated on November 13th, 1994. Both the Sons of Confederate Veterans, represented by the MD Division Color Guard, and the Sons of Union Veterans participated in an official combined color guard to honor the valor and sacrifice of the men who served on each side.

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Baltimore native and Medal of Honor awardee Sergeant Major Christian A. Fleetwood served with the U.S. Colored Infantry from 1863 until the end of the war.

Over 180,000 African-Americans served in the Union Army.

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Our state flag display's the colors, that at one time symbolized the divisions between the citizens of Maryland, and now represent's the reconciliation and reunion of all of the citizens in the state.

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We the undersigned respectfully urge you to promote Maryland's sesquicentennial Civil War history. Maryland played a pivotal and crucial role during the American Civil War. Literally brother against brother, sister against sister, and father against son, this war helped to define our nation. Our state offers a strong and unique perspective into this national tragedy.

To not honor and commemorate our state's rich history would be a loss to the memory of Maryland's sacrifice. Failing to recognize Maryland's contribution to this critical part of our Nation's history would be a grievous disservice to native Marylanders who lived through the tumultuous 1860's, to present day Marylanders, and to all Americans who consider visiting our state to walk in the steps of their ancestors.

Other states have already started programs to honor our forefathers who lived through this era, The Federal Government is making plans for a National Sesquicentennial Commemoration. The State of Maryland had a bill pending to create a Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate this historic period in our state and the bill was withdrawn without even a vote.

Our brave forebears deserve that their history be preserved and taught today and to future generations. We call on you, our elected officials in Maryland, to act now and not let this unique and historic opportunity slip by.

Maryland Department of the
Sons of Union Veterans
of the Civil War

Menare Foundation

Maryland Division of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Historical groups are encouraged to endorse this petition. In return for the support, your group's logo with link will be added to the petition. For more information, contact Bob Brewer.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the governor, senators, and delagates of Maryland:
The SCV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of descendents of Confederate soldiers and sailors. Membership is open to all regardless of race, creed, or color. The SCV condemns the misuse of any and all of our symbols and flags by hate groups.