June 14 meeting – William S. Connery

Join us on June 14 when our speaker, William Connery, sheds some light on an important part of Baltimore’s history during the Civil War: Fort McHenry. The fort already had a storied past with its War of 1812 service; learn its role fifty years later during the Civil War.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., June 14, 2016

Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: Fort McHenry during the Civil War

In the first months of 1861, many forts in Southern states came under state control, culminating with the attack on Fort Sumter on April 12. As mobs rioted on Pratt Street on April 19, 1861, Baltimore’s most famous fort was about to be taken over by Southern sympathizers. Connery will discuss what happened at the fort during the War Between the States, where even a grandson of Francis Scott Key was held prisoner.

William S. Connery grew up on East Pratt Street, in the shadow of the Patterson Park Pagoda, where 10,000 American Patriots awaited the arrival of British troops, while the British Navy was attacking Fort McHenry. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. He is a frequent contributor to the Civil War Courier and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, from the Fairfax Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, for his History Press book, Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. The History Press also published his second book, Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia.




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