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Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Divided Loyalties

The Neal Family

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
Divided Loyalties Marker image. Click for full size.
November 16, 2007
1. Divided Loyalties Marker
Inscription. A block away, at what is now 71 East Main Street, stood the Abner Neal house. In August 1862, Federal soldiers arrested sixteen Westminster residents as Southern sympathizers and escorted them to Baltimore for questioning. The group, soon released, included Neal’s two sons, Henry and Frank. The young men joined the Confederate army in September 1862, when Col. Thomas L. Rosser’s 5th Virginia Cavalry swept through Westminster during the Antietam Campaign. The Neals served in Co. D, 1st Maryland Cavalry (CSA).

They returned home on June 29, 1863, helping guide Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry corps through Maryland en route to Gettysburg. As their mother, Rose, and sister, Mary, sat in their second-floor parlor reading the Bible, they heard a shout – “The Rebels are coming!” – in the street. Stepping to the balcony, they asked, “How do you know they are Rebels?” The answer came, “I know Henry and Frank Neal!” At that moment Rose Neal placed a bookmark in the Bible where she had stopped reading, and it was never removed. Soon, the Neal boys waved hello as they road west on Main Street, but before long they dashed by the other way in pursuit of Delaware cavalrymen escaping toward Baltimore. After the war, Rose Neal warned her sons against returning home because of anti-Confederate sentiment,
Divided Loyalties Marker image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
2. Divided Loyalties Marker
The left of two Civil War Trails markers alongside the railroad tracks.
and they never came back.

On July 4, after the Battle of Gettysburg, Union Gen. John Gibbon arrived at the house, where Rose Neal treated his wounds. She was his wife’s aunt.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 34.5′ N, 76° 59.773′ W. Marker is in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street (Maryland Route 27) and West Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling north on Liberty Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westminster MD 21157, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westminster Depot (here, next to this marker); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army of the Potomac (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Divided Loyalties (approx. half a mile away); Corbit's Charge (approx. half a mile away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (approx. half a mile away); Aftermath of Battle (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Westminster.
 
More about this marker.
Photo of Westminster from Marker image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
3. Photo of Westminster from Marker
Westminster, Main Street, looking west, ca. 1868, toward the 1st Delaware Cavalry campsite on the commons - Courtesy of the Historical Society of Carroll County.
On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned Westminster, Main Street, looking west, ca. 1868, toward the 1st Delaware Cavalry campsite on the commons. On the lower right of the marker is a portrait of Gen. John Gibbon.
 
Also see . . .  John Gibbon, Major General, United States Army. (Submitted on November 24, 2008.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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