Early Sunday morning, June 28, 1863, Confederate cavalrymen arrived at merchant John Higgins' house to arrest him, but he had already left for Christ Episcopal Church. Instead they captured Eblen, a 17 year-old Union soldier recuperating here. When troopers told Dora Higgins to open the doors to their store, she refused, appealing to General J.E.B. Stuart for aid. Stuart replied that she was to stay in front of the store and "let one of them dare resist you." For the next six hours, Dora kept the Confederates at bay.
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.
Matthew Fields, secessionist owner, editor, and publisher of the Montgomery County Sentinel, was arrested twice without formal
George Peter became a state senator after the war.
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.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 28, 1863.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville MD 20850, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williams-Wilson House (a few steps from this marker); Early Rockville Residential Area
More about this marker. One of the series of Maryland Civil War Trails markers. This one is on the Gettysburg Campaign.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,687 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on April 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 7, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on July 4, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.