Greetings to all:
Today in history, two significant events took place. First in 1775 the "shot heard around the world" starting the War of Independence and Second; on this date in 1861, first blood was spilt on Pratt Street in Baltimore in the Second War of Independence.
As every schoolboy and girl knows that the 6th Massachusetts Infantry opened fire on unarmed civilians on Pratt Street as they marched from the PA RR Station to the B&O RR Station at Presidents Street answering the call for 75,000 volunteers to put down the "rebellion".
Thus the state song, Maryland My Maryland.
...Avenge the patriotic gore that flecked the streets of Baltimore, And be the battle queen of yore, Maryland! My Maryland!
Pvt T A White