Did you know...

"…that on October 1st, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis rejected his generals’ request for 20,000 additional troops to invade Maryland?"
"…that in November of 1861, Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”? "
"…that Charles Willson Peale, renowned portraitist of the eighteenth century, began his career as a saddle maker?"
"…that prior to his raid on Harper’s Ferry, John Brown rented a small Maryland farmhouse under the pseudonym Isaac Smith?"
"…that on November 19th, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis asked his Congress for a railway linking the eastern and western interior of the Confederacy?"
"…that John Wilkes Booth’s father, Junius Brutus Booth, and his brother, Edwin Booth, are both members of the American Theatre Hall of Fame?"
"…that on October 4th, 1861, the U.S. Navy authorized construction of its first ironclad warship (later named the Monitor)? "
"…that the “Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, did not become our national anthem until 1931?"
"…that George Washington gave his resignation speech to the Continental Congress in the Old Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House?"
"…that the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad bridge spanning the Potomac at Harper’s Ferry was destroyed and rebuilt five times during the Civil War?"