Columbia in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Home of the Howard Dragoons
After the Baltimore Riot of April 19, 1861, the Howard Dragoons assisted in keeping the peace there. Most of the men, however, refused to take the oath of allegiance to the United States. Armed with cavalry sabers and Colt's revolvers, in May they rode to Leesburg, Virginia, and joined the Confederate army. The unit served variously as Company K, 1st Virginia Cavalry, Company M, 1st Maryland Calvary, and finally Company K, 2nd Maryland Cavalry. Gaither was captured at Manassas Junction on August 27, 1862, and later exchanged. He sailed to Europe the next year on a mission for the Confederate government. After the war, he became a cotton trader.
Oakland Manor's Slaves
About 200,000 African Americans served in the U.S. Army and Navy during the Civil War, including dozens of men from Howard County.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Location. 39° 13.38′ N, 76° 51.257′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from Vantage Point Road 0.2 miles from Little Patuxent Parkway, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the left side of drive to Oakland Manor, about one tenth of a mile from Vantage Point Road where you see the Oakland sign. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia MD 21044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Adam the First (approx. 2.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 3 miles away); St. Johnís Episcopal Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Decatur Dorsey (approx. 4 miles away); The Town of Guilford (approx. 4 miles away); The Pratt Through-Truss Bridge (approx. 4 miles The Little Patuxent River (approx. 4 miles away); The Patuxent Branch of the B&O Railroad (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . . The Columbia Association's website on Historic Oakland. (Submitted on February 10, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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