“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Beallsville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Squabble at the cemetery: Whose flag flies today?


—Antietam Campaign 1862 —

Beallsville Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
1. Beallsville Marker
Inscription. On September 9, 1862, the running engagement between Illinois, Indiana, and Virginia cavalry units that began the day before in Poolesville continued in Beallsville when two Federal regiments forced the single regiment of Virginia cavalrymen posted here to flee to Barnesville. The fight cost the Virginians two dead, their captain and six enlisted men made prisoners, and their regimental flag captured as well. The Indiana troopers pressed into Barnesville where skirmishing continued.

During the Civil War, the crossroads village of Beallsville was known as Monocacy Church, for the 1748 Anglican “Chapel of Ease” across the field before you. Union soldiers camped nearby in the fall of 1861 and virtually destroyed the church by using the pews for firewood and stabling their horses inside. The crossroads here, where the road from Rockville to the mouth of the Monocacy River and Nolands Ferry crossed the road from Edwards Ferry to Hyattstown, made Beallsville a strategic location.

(sidebar) After the war, the E.V. White Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy rebuilt Monocacy Church. They held funeral services there for local Confederate veterans buried just north of the church in Monocacy Cemetery, to “honor the valor of the soldiers who wore the gray.” Every June 3, the birthday of
The Beallsville Marker Nearly Obstructed from View Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
2. The Beallsville Marker Nearly Obstructed from View
Jefferson Davis, townspeople cleaned the cemetery and children decorated the tombstones with flowers. After a Southern congressman gave an oration, the ceremonies concluded with a potluck luncheon.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 39° 10.744′ N, 77° 24.789′ W. Marker is in Beallsville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Beallsville Road (Maryland Route 109) and Darnestown Road (Maryland Route 28), on the right when traveling south on Beallsville Road. Click for map. This marker is easily missed and is blocked from view occasionally by placement of storage sheds on display. Marker is in this post office area: Beallsville MD 20839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Loving Memory (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); African American Soldiers from Montgomery County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Brewer Farmstead (approx. 0.9 miles away); Equestrian Heritage (approx. 0.9 miles away); Washington's Farm
Beallsville Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, July 3, 2005
3. Beallsville Marker
(approx. 1.5 miles away); Seneca Stone Barn (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Civil War at Poolesville (approx. 2.3 miles away); Linden Farm (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beallsville.
More about this marker. The marker displays a photo of the Chapel of Ease as it stands today, a drawing depicting Decoration Day, and a map detailing unit movements in the Antietam Campaign.
Additional comments.
1. Second Skirmish
Not mentioned on the marker, a second cavalry battle occurred in Beallsville about a month later, on October 12, 1862. The action was part of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's second ride around the Army of the Potomac. While returning to White’s Ford, Stuart was confronted with Federal forces based out of Beallsville about a mile north of the Chapel. Artillery held the Federals at bay and Stuart crossed the Potomac in good order.
    — Submitted July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Chapel of Ease Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
4. Chapel of Ease
Current chapel on the site of the Monocacy Chapel. The current chapel was rebuilt in 1915.
Confederate Veteran Grave Sites Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
5. Confederate Veteran Grave Sites
Two of many Confederate veteran grave sites contained in the cemetery.
Honoring our dead Heroes: Funeral service/Decoration Day Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, July 3, 2005
6. Honoring our dead Heroes: Funeral service/Decoration Day
Close-up of photo on marker
Map - Antietam Campaign Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, July 3, 2005
7. Map - Antietam Campaign
Close-up of map on marker
Tablet Honoring the Confederate Veterans Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
8. Tablet Honoring the Confederate Veterans
“In loving memory of the valor and self sacrifice of the Maryland soldiers in the Confederate Army whose names are inscribed hereon. War of 1861–1865. (list of names) This tablet is erected by the Ladies of Old Medley’s District, Montgomery Co., Md. — 1911. This tablet was replaced by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Monocacy Cemetery — 1975.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,322 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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