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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Baltimore: Historical Sites

There are lots of historical areas in Baltimore, but the two we specifically visited this time were Federal Hill and Fort McHenry.

Federal Hill overlooks the inner harbor. This is taken from the public park at the top of the hill.

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Fort McHenry is a national park, and the site of the battle which led to the Star Spangled Banner.

The same cannon, three different views.

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The cannon fascinate me as much as they horrify me. I’ve read several descriptions of battles involving cannon, and they all describe smoke, terrible noise, complete chaos and underlying that, the knowledge that cannon blew up on a regular basis.

These are truly giant cannon, permanently placed.

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The mechanisms for aiming the cannon.

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There were multiple cannon from Fort Pitt.

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I politely waited to ask the gentleman if I could take a picture of him in his outfit.

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Sadly, he had only plain buttons, instead of decorated unit buttons.

And the magazines were also preserved.

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Although the outside doors have been removed, you can still the hinges and how they would have fit. (The inside doors remain in place and locked.)

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Then there were the walls….

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And lastly, we were lucky that it was clear and windy, and they were flying the largest flag.

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Oh! And the view!

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