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Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
John Leeds Barroll
Publisher Accused of Treason and Exiled
 
John Leeds Barroll Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
1. John Leeds Barroll Marker
 
Inscription. John Leeds Barroll first walked these courthouse grounds, as a prominent Kent County lawyer before becoming a newspaper publisher. He was admitted to the bar in 1852 and served as the county State’s Attorney, 1854–1856, then founded the Kent Conservator in 1859. Federal officials deemed treasonous an 1863 article reprinted in Barroll’s newspaper from the St. Mary’s Beacon, of Leonardtown, Md. Gen. Robert C. Schenck ordered a company of the 2nd Regiment Eastern Shore Volunteer Infantry to Chestertown, and Barroll was arrested on April 17. James L. Downs, the author of the original article, was arrested at the same time. In a May 5 letter to the Richmond Enquirer, Barroll and Downs described being held at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry and raged about their treatment. “We had not been allowed even a form of a trial, nor officially notified of the charges against us,” they wrote.

The pair were moved to Harpers Ferry and then marched to Winchester, Va., and finally to Newtown, Va. There they were released with a note that read “Guards pass James L. Downs and J. Leeds Barroll through the Federal lines, never again to return, under the penalty of being treated as spies.” Barroll eventually returned to Chestertown, however, and became involved in local politics, being elected to the Chestertown Town
 
Eleanora Horsey Barroll as a Young Woman. Photo, Click for full size
By Lawrence Barroll Christmas
2. Eleanora Horsey Barroll as a Young Woman.
 
Commission in June 1866. He died an untimely death at age 36, on Aug. 6, 1866. His death notice reported that he went to bed that evening “in usual health,” and was found dead the next morning.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.544′ N, 76° 3.921′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from High Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the Courthouse lawn. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. On This Site Stood the Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Tercentenary Celebration (within shouting distance of this marker); A County Seat (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); White & Black, Blue & Gray (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of More Than 400 Prominent United States Colored Troops from Kent County (within shouting distance of this marker); In This Church (within shouting distance of this marker); This Monument Honors the Area Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Chestertown.
 
John Leeds Barroll Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
3. John Leeds Barroll Marker
 
 
Elleonora Keene Horsey Barroll Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
4. Elleonora Keene Horsey Barroll
Elleonora Keene Horsey Barroll (1835-1905) married John Leeds Barroll on December 5, 1854. They had five children, two of them dying before the age of five. She is buried beside him.
 
 
John Leeds Barroll Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
5. John Leeds Barroll
John Leeds Barroll (1830-1866), a prominent Lawyer and publisher, is buried at Shrewsbury Cemetery, Kennedyville, Maryland.
 
 
My darling wife, words are inadequate.... Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
6. My darling wife, words are inadequate....
While John Leeds Barroll was exiled to the confederacy, his 2-year old daughter, Elleonora Lennox, died on Christmas Eve 1864. After learning of her death months later, Barroll wrote this letter to his wife Elleonora.
 
 
Kent County Courthouse Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
7. Kent County Courthouse
The Kent County courthouse, legal arena for John Leeds Barroll, was completed in 1860.
 
 
Kent County Courthouse Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
8. Kent County Courthouse
 
 
Anno Domini, 1860 Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
9. Anno Domini, 1860
Date on the Kent County Courthouse
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,009 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 21, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on December 24, 2010, by Lawrence Barroll Christmas of Oak Park, Illlinois.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 21, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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