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Near Centreville in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Maryland's Eastern Shore

Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted

 
 
Maryland's Eastern Shore CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 1, 2009
1. Maryland's Eastern Shore CWT Marker
Inscription. Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties.

In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here began escaping bondage via the Underground Railroad to the North and Canada, helped on their way by sympathetic blacks and whites and such courageous "conductors" as Harriet Tubman, an Eastern Shore native. During the war, hundreds of enslaved and free black men from the Eastern Shore enlisted in the United States Colored Troops, the black units authorized in January 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Afterward, returning black veterans established towns and emancipation celebrations that still survive today.

Some of the Shore's white residents held fast to the Union, while others supported the Confederacy. Although combat bypassed this area, families here as elsewhere suffered the loss of their men as well as the hardships of war. Newspaper publishers suspected of disloyalty to the Union were arrested. Streams and towns on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay became smugglers' havens as enterprising watermen ran the Federal blockade to supply Confederate forces. When the conflict ended, Eastern Shore residents returned to their fields and fishing
Maryland's Eastern Shore CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 7, 2009
2. Maryland's Eastern Shore CWT Marker
vessels, and the passions of war subsided.

Please drive carefully as you visit Civil War Trails sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 39° 4.728′ N, 75° 58.75′ W. Marker is near Centreville, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection of Welcome Center Drive and Hayden Road, in the median on Welcome Center Drive. Click for map. This marker is located at the Bay Country Welcome Center in the median of U.S. 301. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Welcome Center Drive, Centreville MD 21617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joshua Seney (approx. 2.4 miles away); St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish (approx. 4.4 miles away); Carmichael House (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Courthouse (approx. 5.2 miles away); Honor • Valor • WWI • WWII • Korea • Vietnam (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Brass Pin (approx. 5.2 miles away); Queen Anne’s County (approx. 5.2 miles away); Site of Goldsborough House (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of a "Company of the 4th USCT, one of several infantry units formed
Bay Country Welcome Center on US Route 301. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 7, 2009
3. Bay Country Welcome Center on US Route 301.
in Maryland." In the center is a portrait of Harriet Tubman. On the right is a map of the Eastern Shore and a portrait of Frederick Douglass. On the upper right is a drawing with the caption, "The steamer Maryland was commandeered for the U.S. Army in the spring of 1861. It transported supplies and soldiers north and south." Courtesy Historical Society of Cecil Co.
 
Regarding Maryland's Eastern Shore. This Maryland CWT marker is replicated throughout the Bay area.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler - Maryland's Civil War. Chesapeake Bay Area (Submitted on August 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,021 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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