Maryland Museum of Military History

Maryland Museum of Military History The Maryland Museum of Military History covers the military history of Maryland from 1634 to the present. CALL 410-576-1496 FOR ALL VISITS, even during normal "open" hours, to make sure our single employee will be present when you arrive.
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Our museum depicts the military history of Maryland from the founding of the colony in 1634 to the present. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our hours generally are Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. As we have only a single employee, however, it's very important that you call ahead, even during "open" hours, to make sure that employee is present. We occasionally can also open up the museum on a weekend. Call 410-576-1496 to make an appointment, even for weekday visits!

Operating as usual

03/23/2020

The Maryland Museum of Military History is currently closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 emergency. Thank you for your understanding and The Maryland Museum of Military History staff look forward to seeing you all healthy and ready to enjoy the museum at the end of the emergency.

29th Infantry Division Archives
02/24/2020

29th Infantry Division Archives

Today is the 75th anniversary of the tragic death of this great 29er, PFC Henry Slade Harrell, who died on a lonely footbridge spanning the Roer River near Julich, Germany on February 23, 1945. George Silk, one of the most renowned photographers of WWII, followed close behind Harrell on the footbridge, and the subsequent photo Silk snapped of Harrell's lifeless body, published in the March 12, 1945, edition of Life Magazine, became one of the most iconic photos of WWII. For 65 years, the anonymous soldier lying on the bridge was unidentified, but with the help of 29th Division veterans and the voluminous records of the 29ID Archives, I figured out Harrell's identity in 2010. A 20-year-old native of Sunflower, Alabama, the red-headed Slade Harrell was a high school standout academically and athletically. His "II-C" draft classification - "men necessary for farm labor" - could have kept him out of uniform, but he chose to serve, and ended up a key member of Company C, 175th Infantry, the first 29ID unit to storm over the Roer on February 23, 1945. He died exactly one year after he entered military service and is buried in his hometown of Sunflower. He embodies the selfless spirit of his generation, who sacrificed everything for a better world. A great soldier and an even greater human being who will never be forgotten.

Maryland Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention
02/09/2020

Maryland Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention

1st Sgt. Augustus Walley was born into slavery in Reisterstown, Maryland, on March 30, 1856. A quarter-century later, Walley risked his life for the same nation that once considered him property. In August 1881, Walley's courage earned him the Medal of Honor when he saved his fellow soldiers in combat.

As a Buffalo Soldier, Walley fought in the American Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, and World War I before retiring from service in 1919. The Maryland Museum of Military History, located at the Fifth Regiment Amory in Baltimore has dedicated a room in honor of Walley's service to this nation.

Holiday crawl at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
12/18/2019

Holiday crawl at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

12/13/2019

The Maryland National Guard History Office celebrates with the members of the Old Line who since 1634 have ALWAYS been READY to serve our state and defend our nation. When the Redcoats manuevered to decimate the Colonial Army on Long Island and a young officer, Mordecai Gist stepped up to General Washington and said, "Do not worry sir, I and my Marylanders will hold the line." Our MDNG Soldiers and Airmen truly have been holding the line as they lead the way in the 21st century. You make Maryland proud.

Happy 383rd Birthday National Guard!

12/06/2019
Maryland National Guard

For those that would like to see some of these new exhibits that have been created over the last couple of years the museum will be open from 9 am - 4 pm to support the 175th Pass and Review. The 175th (Fifth Maryland) traces its lineage to the Baltimore Independent Cadets which originally formed up in December of 1774. Every year the Pass and Review is held in December to commemorate their origins.

ICYMI: The Maryland Museum of Military History has been working hard over the years to expand and refine it's exhibits. This world-class museum has expanded to eight rooms with historical treasures depicting Maryland's military history from 1634 to present!

You can find this hidden gem in the heart of Baltimore at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Admission is always free.

Watch this video to learn more!

Maryland National Guard
11/08/2019

Maryland National Guard

Great news! The Maryland400 is hosting a lecture on "Maryland's Battles and Leaders in the American Revolution" this Saturday Nov. 9 from 1-5 p.m. with guest speakers Patrick O'Donnell, Dr. Glenn Williams, and John Beakes!

The event will be held at the Fifth Reg. Armory in Baltimore and is free and open to all!

#OldLineState

Maryland National Guard
09/21/2019

Maryland National Guard

Today on #NationalPOWMIARecognitionDay, we honor and remember the hardships endured by our nation's POW and those identified as MIA.

U.S. Army Maj. Everett L. Warner, who served in the Maryland National Guard for 14 years and was a Johns Hopkins University alumni, led American and Filipino units against Japanese forces during WWII with amazing ingenuity and cunning guerrilla warfare tactics.

In 1942, he was forced to surrender after being cut off from the rest of the Army. He was held as a POW until 1945, when he died aboard a Japanese vessel that was attacked repeatedly by American bombers.

Thank you to Maj. Everett for your sacrifice and service to this great country. #YouAreNotForgotten

To learn more about Maj. Everett's story and the history of the #MDNG, visit the newly opened Maryland Museum of Military History at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

Please take a look at this announcement from the 29th Division Association. Anyone who cares about the history of this g...
08/25/2019
David

Please take a look at this announcement from the 29th Division Association. Anyone who cares about the history of this great military unit should join the Association. It is open to anyone, and costs only 12 bucks a year. The Association was formed exactly 100 years ago by 29th Division doughboys returning from France, and has existed continuously since. 29, Let's Go!

The 29th Division Association is very proud to launch The 29th Division Timeline in World War II. It is an 80 entry timeline that details the Division from its activation in 1941 through the final ceremony for its fallen heroes in 1947. It is free to all members of the 29th Division Association. If you wish to be included in the distribution, please join the 29th Division Association at www.29thdivisionassociation.com. It is only $12 to be a member and family members of 29ers are eligible as full members.

Here is a snapshot:

7 June 1944 – 175th RCT lands as Corps Reserve, 115th and 116th expand beachhead. Additional division assets continue landing.

8 June 1944 – 116th and 175th push west to relieve Rangers at Point du Hoc. Technical Sergeant Frank Perigory of Company K 116th Infantry, earns Medal of Honor for actions at Grandcamp.

09 June 1944 – 29th Division links with units from Utah beach. Omaha and Utah beachheads now linked.

09 June 1944 -115th Infantry moves south toward St. Lo.

10 June 1944 – elements of the 115th Infantry ambushed at Le Carrefour.

06/14/2019

Happy Birthday to the United States Army! Celebrating 244 years of excellence on the fields of battle. To all the Maryland veterans past and present, from the Maryland 400 of Washington's Army to the Maryland National Guard citizen soldiers and the Active Duty Marylanders all around the world, Happy Birthday!

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06/14/2019

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Members of the Maryland Defense Force and their families touring the Maryland Museum of Military History after their Ann...
04/29/2019

Members of the Maryland Defense Force and their families touring the Maryland Museum of Military History after their Annual muster at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Saturday April 27th.

29th Infantry Division soldiers, past and present (including some D-Day veterans), standing on Vixen Tor, the famous roc...
12/16/2018

29th Infantry Division soldiers, past and present (including some D-Day veterans), standing on Vixen Tor, the famous rocky hill on Dartmoor, UK, for which the division commander's jeep (currently on display at the Maryland Museum of Military History) was named.

11/09/2018
Maryland National Guard
10/16/2018
Maryland National Guard

Maryland National Guard

On Sunday, October 14, at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, family and friends gather to give a special thanks to Joe Balkoski who retires after more than 34 years of service. He has been the Maryland National Guard’s Command Historian and Director of the Maryland Museum of Military History. During his remarks Joe reminisced about his work in the museum and all the artifacts that he has helped to document and preserve. He but he will mostly miss the four generations of soldiers he has had the joy to get to know over the many years. He first meet World War I soldiers gathering at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Then got to know the World War II and Cold War veterans and those that are currently serving. He ended his remarks by saying that everyone who he has had the pleasure to know that serves shares the title of greatest generation.

100th anniversary of Henry Costin's Medal of Honor!
10/10/2018

100th anniversary of Henry Costin's Medal of Honor!

The Maryland Military Department took time yesterday to honor Pvt. Henry Costin, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, with a wreath laying ceremony at Medal of Honor Park, in Baltimore, on Oct. 9, 2018. Laurel Costin Bodie, the niece of Costin, laid the wreath at the monument honoring Medal of Honor recipients.

On Oct. 8, 1918, while serving with Company H, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, in action at Bois-de-Consenvoye, France. When the advance of his platoon had been held up by machine gun fire and a request was made for an automatic rifle team to charge the nest, Private Costin was the first to volunteer. Advancing with his team, under terrific fire of enemy artillery, machine guns, and trench mortars, he continued after all his comrades had become casualties and he himself had been seriously wounded. He operated his rifle until he collapsed. His act resulted in the capture of about 100 prisoners and several machine guns.

09/26/2018

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Known as one of the largest United States military operations in our history and the offensive that would finally end the war that had been raging in Europe for four years. Maryland's 313th Infantry, 79th Division has the distinction of being one of nine American divisions to launch this offensive. The 313th captured the Montfaucon, an 1,122 foothill in a day and a half. An enormous feat as some thought it would take three months to capture this hill. Two days later Maryland's 372nd infantry attached to the French 157th Division would also participate as part of the French offensive just west of the Argonne sector. On October 8th Maryland's 29th Division would attack up the Meuse River East bank. Maryland's 117th Trench Mortar Battery, 42nd Rainbow Division would join this offensive October 13th just north of Exermont.

RAINBOW DIVISION! We are doing some very interesting work in the museum today. It took 12 years to convince the City of ...
07/22/2018

RAINBOW DIVISION! We are doing some very interesting work in the museum today. It took 12 years to convince the City of Baltimore to allow the Maryland Museum of Military History to take these historic World War I weapons, situated in a city park for 80 years, and move them into our museum for restoration and preservation. Soon they'll be in a proper environmental setting, no longer exposed to the elements. And, by the way, they're two 6-inch Newton-Stokes trench mortars used in World War I by the Maryland National Guard's 117th Trench Mortar Battery, a component of the legendary Rainbow Division! Hopefully you will be able to view the restored mortars in the Maryland Museum of Military History within the next couple of months! Pay us a visit!

In March 2016, we used a bucket truck to examine Han Schuler's famous 1923 sculpture, which sits 30 or 35 feet above the...
06/26/2018

In March 2016, we used a bucket truck to examine Han Schuler's famous 1923 sculpture, which sits 30 or 35 feet above the main entrance of Baltimore's historic Fifth Regiment Armory. It is considered one of the finest World War I sculptures in the U.S. and is dedicated to the men of the 5th MD Infantry (later 175th) of the 29th Division. Over the last week, scaffolding has been erected at the main entrance, and major restoration work has begun on the Schuler sculpture. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 1LT Lyons and I to climb the scaffolding and examine the sculpture up close. You can see Schuler's 1923 signature and the name of the Limerick foundry. Also visible is the name of PFC Henry G. Costin, one of only two Marylanders to earn the Medal of Honor in WWI. The work will be complete in a week or two, and we'll post photos of the finished product

Thank you to Mission BBQ for helping us celebrate the Army birthday.
06/14/2018

Thank you to Mission BBQ for helping us celebrate the Army birthday.

Maryland National Guard
06/08/2018

Maryland National Guard

Staff Sgt. Eddison Hermond, a hero was laid to rest today with full military honors during his funeral service in Severn and interment in the Veteran's Cemetery Crownsville, Md. Governor Larry Hogan lead the remarks by officials, family and friends with a consistent theme. Everyone noted his love of life and selfless service. Eddison sacrificed his life so a stranger could live. His family was presented the Soldier’s Medal, the Army’s highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation.

The citation reads: On 27 May 2018, Sgt. Eddsion Hermond demonstrated personal courage and heroism by attempting to save the life of at women who was trapped in a torrential flood in Ellicott City, Maryland. Sgt. Hermond spotted Ms. Bowman as she struggled for her life against the rising current. Without regard to his own personal safety, Sgt. Hermond immediately ran towards Ms. Bowman and shouted to her to stay and to remain calm. However, as he took a step over the edge in an attempt to render assistance, he was swept away by the rushing current, thus sacrificing his life. He is the epitome of the "Citizen-Soldier", always ready to help a neighbor or stranger in their hour of need. Sgt. Hermond’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Maryland Army National Guard, and the United States Army.

Charles Schulz was a big fan of the 29th Infantry Division!
06/07/2018

Charles Schulz was a big fan of the 29th Infantry Division!

A Day to Remember

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06/05/2018

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Maryland National Guard
05/30/2018

Maryland National Guard

The Maryland National Guard is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Soldiers that was missing as a result of the flooding near Ellicott City, Md.

Sgt. Eddison Hermond, 39, of Severn, Md., exemplified selfless service by trying to save the life of woman during flooding on Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hermond family and his son during this most difficult time. The loss of one of our own is always very difficult, and little can be said to ease the pain, but we must remember Sgt. Hermond’s dedication to our nation and state and honor his service.

Hermond joined the Air Force in 1996 and served on active duty for more than 10 years. He had a break in service and joined the Maryland Army National Guard in 2009. He worked full-time as a restaurant manager in Columbia, Md. He was assigned to the training detachment at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md.

Please respect the families’ wishes for privacy at this time.

Linda L. Singh
Major General
The Adjutant General

In the annual "Best of Baltimore" supplement to the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Museum of Military History was named the...
04/17/2018
Best of Baltimore 2018: Arts and activities

In the annual "Best of Baltimore" supplement to the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Museum of Military History was named the "Best Overlooked Museum" in Baltimore and was named a "rare gem" in the city. Click on the link below and scroll down until you find the listing!

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/best-of-baltimore/bs-fe-best-of-baltimore-2018-arts-20180312-story.html#nt=oft09a-2gp1

From best free activity to best music video, Baltimore Sun staffers pick their favorites for 2018 in the arts and activities category.

Maryland National Guard
04/10/2018

Maryland National Guard

The Maryland National Guard hosted a luncheon for members of the 231st Transportation Battalion to honor Clarence "Tiger" Davis, retired Sgt. 1st Class Louis Diggs, and retired Master Sgt. Nathaniel Pope, as well as discussed the legacy of the LTC Melvin H. Cade Armory and the future plans for the Maryland Museum of Military History on April 10, 2018.

04/07/2018

The Maryland Museum of Military History will be open this weekend both Saturday and Sunday 11AM - 4PM. Please call in advance 410-576-6081.

As mentioned in our last post, the Maryland Museum of Military History has a case in its 29th Division Room devoted to t...
02/28/2018

As mentioned in our last post, the Maryland Museum of Military History has a case in its 29th Division Room devoted to the siege of Brest in the late summer of 1944. One of the most treasured artifacts in that case is the blindfold used to cover the eyes of a German naval officer when he was brought into 29th Division lines to conduct surrender negotiations. In the two photos shown here, you can see a 29er carrying that blindfold, and then another 29er tying the blindfold around the German's head. The 29ers saved the blindfold as a souvenir, and six members of the 115th Infantry, including Maj. Tony Miller (seen at right in the first photo), signed it. It now holds a prominent place in our museum, Come see it!

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Baltimore, MD
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Monday 09:30 - 14:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 14:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 14:30
Thursday 09:30 - 14:30
Friday 09:30 - 14:30

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5,000 gold coins and a Baltimore plot to assassinate President Lincoln.
Do you have any copies of the Trouble Buster newspaper from Ft McHenry during WWI?