Baltimore in the Civil War: The Pratt Street Riot and a City Occupied

Baltimore in the Civil War: The Pratt Street Riot and a City Occupied

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ISBN-13: 9781609490034
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 816,915
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Harry A. Ezratty was born in New York City. He is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School. A maritime lawyer by profession, Harry is an independent history scholar. He has authored four books. His first, How to Collect and Protect Works of Art, was followed by three books covering historical subjects: 500 Years in the Jewish Caribbean, They Led the Way and The Builders. Harry lectures extensively and teaches American Jewish history at Howard Community College in Maryland. After living and practicing law in Puerto Rico for thirty-five years, he returned to the mainland, settling in Baltimore, where he became interested in the city's rich history, especially the Pratt Street Riot. Harry is married to Barbara Tasch, a journalist, editor and publisher who grew up in Baltimore.

Table of Contents

Foreword Martin Perschler 9

Preface 17

Acknowledgements 25

Prologue. April 19, 1861, Baltimore, Maryland 27

I Baltimore on the Eve of the Pratt Street Riot: April 1, 1861 29

II A Prelude to Baltimore's Bloody Riot: April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina 39

III Trying to Prevent a Riot: April 15 to April 18, 1861 43

IV A Plan to Assassinate Lincoln 47

V The Civil War's First Blood: Pratt Street, Baltimore, April 19, 1861 51

VI More Violence: Baltimore Is Cut Off from the North, April 19-27, 1861 65

VII Lincoln Declares Martial Law: April 27 to May 13, 1861 73

VIII Some Questionable Arrests 87

IX The Story of Habeas Corpus 97

X Baltimore: A Prisoner of Its Geography 105

XI Lincoln's Last Ride: The Aftermath of the Pratt Street Riot, April 21, 1865, to Present 111

Appendix I The Lives of Some of the Participants After the Pratt Street Riot and the Civil War 115

Appendix II Pratt Street Riot Markers 119

Sources and Materials Used in Research 123

About the Author 127

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