Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— Gettysburg Campaign —
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.
(Inset, lower right): Matthew Fields, secessionist owner, editor, and publisher of the Montgomery County Sentinel, was arrested twice without formal charges
(Caption of pictures in lower left): Merchant John Higgins, Courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society. • George Peter became a state senator after the war. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Historical Society.
(Caption of picture in upper right): 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.
- Courtesy of Peerless Rockville
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 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. Early Rockville Residential Area (a few steps from this marker); Beall-Dawson House and Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Beall-Dawson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beall Dawson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucy Simpson's Rockville Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Beall-Dawson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonestreet Medical Museum (about 300 feet away); Jerusalem - Mount Pleasant Church and Parsonage (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
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 July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,591 times since then and 24 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, 3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5. submitted on January 21, 2006, 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.