Before the Civil War, Maryland was a border slave state between the North and South. Due to being located strategically next to Washington, D.C. and the passion of opposing factions within the state, Maryland was destined to play a critical role during the conflict.
The first deaths occurred during the Baltimore Riot of April 1861and 85,000 Marylanders ultimately joined the military, with a third fighting for the South. On September 17, 1862, soldiers suffered the bloodiest day of the war during the Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, with 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. The end of the war brought about the abolition of slavery in the state, but not the bitterness. Marylander John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in April 1865.
Are you fascinated and want to learn more about the era? Annapolis Tours by Watermark offers a fascinating private tour for Civil War enthusiasts visiting Maryland’s historic capital. According to Watermark, the Civil War in Annapolis Tour will tell the tale of the “heroes, politics and battles…of this dramatic time in America in a city where much action took place.” You will “experience a walk back in time to a period of controversy when the nation was in conflict” by strolling the streets with a guide dressed as a Civil War U.S. Marine Lieutenant and meeting “a resident of Annapolis from 1861” to “learn about the family struggles and extreme challenges of the Civil War time period.”
Those who go on the Civil War in Annapolis Tour will “experience a journey that brings history to life. You will hear fascinating stories and learn of events that unfolded in the city during the war.” Watermark offers several Annapolis tours, and the Civil War tour has been a favorite for many tourists, especially those who are great history buffs. The guide will show their guest a number of historic Annapolis attractions, including the beautiful campus of St. John’s College.
Photo ID is required for all guests ages 18 and over. No weapons of any kind including pocket and pen knives are permitted inside buildings.
Private tours are available for a minimum of $175 and typically begin at the Information Booth at City Dock, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis.
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An Inn Near the Civil War in Annapolis Tour
City Dock is less than half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.