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    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

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Rally Round the Flag - Civil War Tattoo Ceremony

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Date: March 11, 2012
Contact: Vince Vaise, 410-962-4290

Come to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. for a special twilight tattoo ceremony highlighting the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War!

The FREE ceremony features music and pageantry. HEAR the strident sounds of the Wildcat Regiment Brass Band! Performing for the first time at Fort McHenry, the Wildcat Band performs period pieces on original instruments from the Civil War era. This IS the TRUE SOUND of history. In addition to the Wildcat Band the Fifes and Drums of the Fort McHenry Guard, attired as Union soldiers, will thrill audiences to stirring marches and favorites by Stephen Foster.

SEE the honorary Colonel troop the line as part of the tattoo ceremony! One of Fort McHenry's highest honors, the title of Honorary Colonel is bestowed on an individual who has distinguished themselves as an exemplary citizen. Past honorary Colonels include firefighters who rescued people from the World Trade Center on 911, sports heroes such as Johnny Unitas, as well as, political figures and philanthropists.

This tattoo will honor James Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Preservation Trust. Under his leadership, the CWPT has saved over 30,000 acres of precious battlefield land. Today, thousands of visitors can see where crucial engagements of the Civil War took place because of his efforts. Lighthizer also served for eight years as County Executive of Anne Arundel County and Secretary of Transportation to former governor Schaefer.

While best known for its role in the War of 1812, Fort McHenry played a crucial part in securing Baltimore and Maryland for the Union cause during the American Civil War. During the course of the conflict the fort served as a training ground for federal soldiers, a prison camp for Confederate sympathizers and as the headquarters for Union forces in the city.

Did You Know?

A prisoner at Fort McHenry.

During the Civil War, Fort McHenry served as a prison for both political and military prisoners of war.