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Welcome to ecpclio's Virtual Archive

The purpose of this wiki is to provide a collaborative platform for the study of the history of Maryland through biography, topics, and layers of time and place including relating historical maps and plats to today's landscape. While the organizing framework consists of sources, biography, place, topic and time, pages are created randomly as new research progresses and as I add my writing and reference collection that at present (November 1, 2014- Emancipation Day) is confined to paper and various impermanent forms of electronic storage. My goal is to share as much of the research and writing I have done over the past 50 years through this virtual archive. I suspect that given its volume, I will not finish what I have started here with regard to my own work, but hopefully I have created a virtual presence that will be carried on after me, and have provided a viable context for collaborators to add to and improve upon what I have begun that will be both useful and sustainable.

Ed Papenfuse

For additional information see: ECPCLIO VIRTUAL ARCHIVEor write

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

Getting started

In order to participate in this site you need to register as a user. Because of constant spamming of this site, users are created by the administrator of this site by your writing an email to The administrator will reply with a user name and password for your use on the site. The Administrator apologizes in advance for making participation so difficult, but until he finds a better way to keep out unwanted spamming it will have to do.

I look forward to working with you on this site as I begin to add notes, sources, and essays relating to Maryland and Baltimore history. If you have any questions regarding the site don't hesitate to write to

There are some elementary rules for entry creation:

1) for biographical entries use the full name and life span (in parentheses), e.g. John James Wilson (1839-1869), being certain to associate important timeline dates within the entry with place, giving Google Earth latitude and longitude wherever possible.

2) for place entries use place name and Google Earth coordinates in parenthesis, or relevant dates, followed by coordinates, in parentheses, e.g. Robert Long House (39.282223 -76.591362) or Wilson Homestead (1840-1865, 44.333502, -76.666614); For most addresses latitude and longitude can be easily derived from:

3) for topic entries, be as brief as possible and work within existing topics where they exist, such as Baltimore Privateers and Letters of Marque