WALKING THE TIGHTROPE—JOHN GARRETT AND THE B&O IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER OF 1861 

Fee: Free.

Location:

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Dates & Times

Date:

Friday, April 16, 2021

Time:

12:00 PM

Duration:

1 hour

Type of Event

Partner Program
Performance
Talk
Virtual/Digital

Description

PRESENTER: Nicholas Fry, Curator, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library 

The B&O Railroad found itself in a precarious position in the Spring of 1861.  It was the only railroad in the East that crossed between the two shores of the Potomac River and would become the only Eastern road that would traverse the border between the United States and the Confederacy.  In the early days of the war the railroad became an important part of the dance between the Confederacy and Maryland as the state considered secession.  John Garrett found himself trying to keep his railroad running and in the good graces of the Lincoln Administration, the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland and the government of the newly seceded Commonwealth of Virginia.  This presentation will talk about what happened during those crucial weeks and how Garrett and the railroad were impacted by the decisions made during that time. 

Register in advance for this program:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcO2grzouH9G66tdlUhMEpdUjolCXZUQD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

These virtual programs are made possible by our partnership with Friends of Fort McHenry.

Reservation or Registration: Yes

Register in advance for this program: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcO2grzouH9G66tdlUhMEpdUjolCXZUQD After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Make Reservation or Register