Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Neal Family
—Gettysburg Campaign —
They returned home on June 29, 1863, helping guide Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry corps through Maryland en route to Gettysburg. As their mother, Rose, and sister, Mary, sat in their second-floor parlor reading the Bible, they heard a shout – “The Rebels are coming!” – in the street. Stepping to the balcony, they asked, “How do you know they are Rebels?” The answer came, “I know Henry and Frank Neal!” At that moment Rose Neal placed a bookmark in the Bible where she had stopped reading, and it was never removed. Soon, the Neal boys waved hello as they road west on Main Street, but before long they dashed by the other way in pursuit of Delaware cavalrymen escaping toward Baltimore. After the war, Rose Neal warned her sons against returning home because of anti-Confederate sentiment,
On July 4, after the Battle of Gettysburg, Union Gen. John Gibbon arrived at the house, where Rose Neal treated his wounds. She was his wife’s aunt.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 39° 34.5′ N, 76° 59.773′ W. Marker was in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker was at the intersection of Liberty Street (Maryland Route 27) and West Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling north on Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Westminster MD 21157, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Westminster Depot (here, next to this marker); Mayor Joseph L. Mathias (a few steps from this marker); History Is Also Now (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neal Home (about 700 feet away); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service The Rosser Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westminster MD War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned Westminster, Main Street, looking west, ca. 1868, toward the 1st Delaware Cavalry campsite on the commons. On the lower right of the marker is a portrait of Gen. John Gibbon.
Regarding Divided Loyalties. This plaque has been removed and replaced with Invasion & Retreat: Gettysburg Campaign
Also see . . . John Gibbon, Major General, United States Army. (Submitted on November 24, 2008.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2018. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2008. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.