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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Christ Episcopal Church
Vestrymen Arrested

— Gettysburg Campaign —
 
Christ Episcopal Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
1. Christ Episcopal Church Marker
 
Inscription. Early Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, 5,000 of Confederate Gen J.E.B. Stuart's cavarlymen rode into Rockville and arrested Union supporters. They sought merchant John H. Higgins at his home, but he had already left for Christ Episcopal Church (across the street). Dora, his wife, ran to the church to warn him, fellow vestrymen Judge Richard Johns Bowie, enrollment officer Lawrence Dawson, and enrollment clerk Richard Williams to remain in the vestry room. On her way home, Dora Higgins also warned the Presbyterian minister, John DeSellum, and Capt. John Vinson, but was too late to save provost marshall Mortimer Moulden and postmaster Thomas Bailey.

Prisoners captured along the way or arrested in town were held in the courthouse a block away. Dora Higgins wrote that "at six [p.m.] ... they carried their prisoners off, compelling Capt. Vinson, tho' too ill to stand alone, to mount a horse, at the point of their sabers, and go with them."

After Stuart left, Dora Higgins returned to the church to inform the vestrymen it was safe. A Confederate rear guard followed her, however, and arrested them. When local secessionists told her that they had taken no role in the arrests, she replied, "I know positively that not one of you could have any influence today, as Gen. Stuart had a written list of all the Union men's names. But
 
Close Up View of Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
2. Close Up View of Marker
 
some one here furnished that list.
"
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 4.94′ N, 77° 9.177′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Washington Street near Vinson Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 South Washington Street, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (here, next to this marker); Dr. James Anderson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hungerford Tavern (about 300 feet away); Rockville (about 400 feet away); “Out of Robb’s Window, Montgomery County Courthouse.” (about 400 feet away); 1803 Plan of Rockville and Boundary Stone (about 400 feet away); Boundary Stone (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Hungerford Tavern Site (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
 
More about this marker. In the lower section of the marker are three portraits:
Arrested by Stuart, Judge Richard Johns Bowie was the most respected public figure in 19th-century Rockville. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society.

William Veirs Bouic, Sr., town commissioner, lawyer, state's attorney, and leader of secessionist movement in Montgomery County. Courtesy of Peerless Rockville.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Dawson, wife of arrested lawyer Lawrence Dawson. Courtesy of the Dawson Family, Peerless Rockville.
 
The Marker is Located Across the Street from the Sanctuary Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
3. The Marker is Located Across the Street from the Sanctuary
 

 
Also see . . .
1. The Civil War in Rockville. (Submitted on January 16, 2006.)
2. History of Christ Church. (Submitted on January 16, 2006.)
 
Today's Christ Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Fuchs, January 14, 2006
4. Today's Christ Episcopal Church
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,052 times since then. Last updated on November 5, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos:   1. submitted on January 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on January 18, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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