Beallsville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
African American Soldiers from Montgomery County
Black men — both free and enslaved — were called upon to fight in the Civil War which ultimately led to the dismantlement of slavery, that ‘peculiar institution.’
As the Civil War dragged on, the state newspapers exaggerated that the percentage of able bodied men in Maryland produced conscriptions (or drafts) where “the proportion of colored persons drawn in [sic] largely excess of whites.” Of the 1,913 local men who faced draft in 1863, only 329 were African American. Just like their free black counterparts, enslaved men were given name recognition in the published draft lists.
Some enslaved men did not wait to be drafted and dictated their own fate. Court records reveal that a few were manumitted or freed by their owners to enlist in the U.S. Army. Freedom papers identified enslaved men such as Robert Oliver Scott of Brookeville as being released from bondage with “freedom to commence” military duty. Scott ultimately joined the 30th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops, where he saw combat in Virginia and North Carolina. While serving in the South, black soldiers faced racial tension and were referred to as “smoked Yankees” by local residents.
“I remember when the Yankee and Confederate soldiers both came to Poolesville.
On July 17, 1862, Congress passed the Second Confiscation and Militia Act, which allowed the use of African Americans in federal service. They could not serve in combat, however, until the Emancipation Proclamation as issued on January 1, 1863.
Location. 39° 11.429′ N, 77° 25.114′ W. Marker is in Beallsville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Darnestown Road (Maryland Route 28) one mile north of Beallsville Road (Route 109), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the Woodstock Equestrian Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20207 Darnestown Road, Beallsville MD 20839, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Equestrian Heritage (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brewer Farmstead (about 600 feet away); Washington's Farm In Loving Memory (approx. ¾ mile away); Beallsville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seneca Stone Barn (approx. 1.4 miles away); Linden Farm (approx. 1.7 miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beallsville.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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