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
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
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
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.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,035 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.