Near Big Pool in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Witness to War
With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the area around Fort Frederick again became strategically significant. The U.S. Army acted to protect the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal a quarter-mile south of the fort and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad across the Potomac River in present-day West Virginia. The 1st Maryland Infantry (U.S.) under the command of Colonel John Kenly arrived in December 1861 to guard the canal and the fords and ferries between Four Locks, to the east, and Cherry Run, to the west. Company H occupied Fort
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, the Maryland Civil War Trails, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 39° 36.616′ N, 78° 0.292′ W. Marker is near Big Pool, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Fort Frederick Road south of Big Pool Road (Maryland Route 56), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. It is front of the Sulter Souvenier & Concession Shop at the Fort Frederick State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Big Pool MD 21711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nathan Williams (here, next to this marker); Fort Frederick Officers’ Quarters “...a place of Arms...would be absolutely neccessary” (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Old Fort Frederick" (approx. 0.2 miles away); “...to protect, preserve...and provide access thereto for the public.” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Big Pool.
Regarding Fort Frederick. In the 20th Century, the fort and surrounding acreage became Maryland’s first state park. There is no entrance or parking fee at this park after Labor Day and before Memorial Day, and it is convenient to Interstate 70 at Exit 12. Camping sites are available near the C&O Canal and Potomac River.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Frederick State Park. (Submitted on January 20, 2007.)
2. Fort Frederick State Park, One of Col. Washington's Frontier Forts. (Submitted on January 20, 2007.)
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • War, French and Indian • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
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