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
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. It is front of the Sulter Souvenier & Concession Shop at the Fort Frederick State Park. Touch for map. Marker Touch for directions.
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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Frederick (about 400 feet away); “...a place of Arms...would be absolutely neccessary” (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Old Fort Frederick" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 . . . 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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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,889 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.