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Snow Hill in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Worcester County Courthouse

Staging Ground

 
 
Worcester County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
1. Worcester County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. In November 1861, a force of about 4,500 United States officers, soldiers, cavalrymen, and artillerists assembled in and around Snow Hill. Some of the troops camped here on the Worcester County Courthouse yard. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood commanded the expedition, which marched south through the Eastern Shore to Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia via the Pocomoke River as a show of Union strength on the Eastern Shore. Lockwood's orders were to reassure the civilian population, restore lighthouses to working order, and to disarm and disperse any Confederates that his command encountered.

   When Lockwood began marching south on November 14, his force included a diverse collection of units, including detachments of the 4th and 14th Wisconsin Infantry, 2nd Indiana Infantry, 1st Michigan Infantry, 2nd Delaware Infantry, 1st Eastern Shore Maryland Home Guard, Capt. Ormand F. Nims's Boston Battery (six brass rifled field pieces), Capt. Thomas S. Richard's Company of Independent Cavalry (later Co. M. 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry), Col. William H. Purnell's Legion, and 500 of Duryée's Zouaves (Col. Abram Duryée's 5th New York Infantry). The expedition followed the Pocomoke River to Newtown (present day Pocomoke City) and then marched overland to Drummondtown in Virginia. Lockwood encountered small numbers of Confederate troops and
Lower left picture image. Click for full size.
By Worchester County Courthouse Marker
2. Lower left picture
Worchester County Courthouse, ca. 1861. The courthouse, jail, and adjacent buildings were erected after a devasting fire that burned the center of the county seat in 1834. Courtesy Worchester County Commissioners
rudimentary defenses at Newtown and also in Virginia at Temperanceville and Drummondtown. The Confederates fled, and many of them threw their weapons aside as they escaped. Lockwood, along with his family, occupied the Drummondtown house of Dr. Peter F. Brown, who had fled across the Chesapeake Bay. The expedition was considered successful and ended on November 22.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 38° 10.602′ N, 75° 23.607′ W. Marker is in Snow Hill, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is on Market Street (Business U.S. 13) near Franklin Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Snow Hill MD 21863, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Snow Hill Town (a few steps from this marker); 1917      1918 (a few steps from this marker); 1941      1946 (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War Memorial Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Makemie Memorial Presbyterian Church
Upper right photo image. Click for full size.
By Worchester County Courthouse Marker
3. Upper right photo
Gen. Henry H. Lockwood Courtesy Library of Congress
(within shouting distance of this marker); The John Blair House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Askiminokonson Indian Town (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Snow Hill.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Worcester County Courthouse Marker seen along Market Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
4. Worcester County Courthouse Marker seen along Market Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Spinak of Pocomoke City, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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