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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prettyman House

Confederates in Rockville

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
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By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
1. Prettyman House Marker
Inscription. From his home, E. Barrett Prettyman, a prominent Rockville citizen and educator, watched approximately 5,000 Confederate cavalrymen ride into Rockville in three columns on Sunday, June 28, 1863. Like many other Montgomery County residents, Prettyman may have thought the troopers were black because of their deeply tanned faces.

Gen. Wade Hampton's brigade, with prisoners captured between Rowser's Ford and Darnestown, entered early that morning ahead of the main body on Darnestown Road, quickly routing a small Union force. After noon, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, with the remaining two brigades under Gens. Fitzhugh Lee and W.H.F. Lee (led by Col. John R. Chambliss), rode in on Great Falls Road. Lee's advance guard encountered members of the 2nd New York Cavalry, who quickly retreated. The Confederates took control of Rockville, tearing down telegraph lines, foraging the countryside, and arresting prominent citizens loyal to the Union.

While his cavalrymen spread out, Stuart stopped at Prettyman's house, admiring the family's youngest child, two-year-old Forrest. While here Stuart learned of a large supply-wagon train from Washington heading north on the Rockville Pike to the Union army then concentrating around Frederick. He sent Chambliss to capture and secure the wagons, while Stuart continued to Rockville's Court House Square
Prettyman House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
2. Prettyman House and Marker
to assess progress.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 4.983′ N, 77° 9.371′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on West Jefferson Street (Maryland Route 28) near South Van Buren Street, on the right. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 West Jefferson 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 The Prettyman House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Prettyman House (a few steps from this marker); Rockville Baptist Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockville Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonestreet Medical Museum (about 700 feet away); Beall-Dawson House (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Beall-Dawson House (about 700 feet away); Beall-Dawson House and Park (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is an Oil painting of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart by Ron Lesser. In the upper
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By Tom Fuchs, January 7, 2006
3. Prettyman House
center is a portrait of E. Barret Prettyman, courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society. On the upper right is a photograph captioned, Many Montgomery County leaders received their education at Rockville Academy (founded 1805) including E. Barrett Prettyman's sons Charles and Forrest. Charles later became a trustee. This 1880s photograph shows the original building, which faced Jefferson Street. Photo courtesy of the Charles Brewer Collection, Peerless Rockville.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Prettyman House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
4. Prettyman House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,876 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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