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Well, fans of dense 19th-century historical tomes of minor interest to urban historians can rejoice. Scharf's book has been digitized by Google Books, and is available for download. Also online is his earlier work Chronicles of Baltimore: Being a Complete History of "Baltimore Town" and Baltimore City from the Earliest Period to the Present Time — the present time in that title is 1874. Curiously, his history of Maryland is available only in excerpts.
What were the names of all the privateer vessels? And what do we know of the character of the men who commanded them? Chapter 13!
Which came first—the Liberty Fire Company or the Fells Point Hose and Suction Co? And did the two ever fight? Please see Chapter 22!
Scharf brings the bygone streets of Baltimore to life in excruciating detail. Here he discusses the founding of Lexington Market:
"The committee appointed to consider the petition of Samuel Chase to have Hanover Market removed recommended its removal farther west, but reported that they were unable to fix on a suitable locality, and for the latter purpose they recommended the appointment of a committee . . ."Seriously, it's like you're standing right there.