Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
George Peter, a secessionist and neighbor of the Higgins, demanded that arrested citizens receive fair treatment. Dora Higgins wrote "had it not been for their endeavors, every Union man would have been taken and every store laid open,... for they said to carry out such an order would be their (Secessionists') entire ruin." Stuart could not afford to antagonize Southern sympathizers, and a captured Union wagon train answered his men's needs.
(Inset, lower right): Matthew Fields, secessionist owner, editor, and publisher of the Montgomery County Sentinel, was arrested twice without formal charges when many civil rights were suspended under martial law. Levin Hoskinson, his apprentice printer who joined the 7th Virginia Infantry, was killed at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861.
(Caption of pictures in lower left): Merchant John Higgins, Courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society. • George Peter became a state senator after the war. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society.
(Caption of picture in upper right): Oldest photograph of Rockville's main thoroughfare, ca. 1870, with hay scale in the public triangle. The 1840 courthouse is out of the picture to the right. The Female Seminary and John Higgins' store are out of the picture to the lower left. Stuart's prisoners were taken from the courthouse down the road toward Brookeville.
- Courtesy of Peerless Rockville
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 5.105′ N, 77° 9.278′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of West Middle Lane and North Adams Street, on the right when traveling west on West Middle Lane. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker North Adams Street and Middle Lane Residential Area (here, next to this marker); Beall-Dawson House and Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Beall-Dawson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonestreet Medical Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Beall-Dawson House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockville.
More about this marker. One of the series of Maryland Civil War Trails markers. This one is on the Gettysburg Campaign.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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