Bowie in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Belair on the Home Front
Camps Union and Casey were built at Bladensburg, and Fort Foote, Fort Washington, and Battery Jameson defended Fort Lincoln. The Planters' Advocate noted on August 28, 1861, that "travellers are stopped at each station [camp] and examined -- the purpose being to intercept 'Contraband' articles."
When the Federals stopped steamboat travel on the Patuxent River in August 1861, the Planters' Advocate complained, "This is a great hardship on our people, who are not only deprived of getting supplies from Baltimore, but are unable to ship their produce, large quantities of which have accumulated at different landings on the river since the boats have stopped."
In 1864, Confederate Gen. Bradley Tyler Johnson raided the county, destroying rail lines at Beltsville, cutting telegraph wires, and bivouacking at the Maryland Agricultural College (now University
After the war, George Ogle hoped a new railroad would bring prosperity, but Belair was heavily mortgaged. In 1871, he sold Belair, ending nearly 130 years of family ownership.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Location. 38° 58.008′ N, 76° 44.841′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Tulip Grove Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is in front of the Belair Mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie MD 20715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belair (within shouting distance of this marker); Belair Stable (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Belair Stud Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belair Mansion (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Levitt and Sons, Belair-at-Bowie (approx. 0.8 miles away); Holy Trinity Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sacred Heart Chapel - White Marsh (approx. 1.9 miles away); Melford and Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowie.
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