Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Maryland's Eastern Shore
Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here began escaping bondage via the Underground Railroad to the North and Canada, helped on their way by sympathetic blacks and whites and such courageous “conductors” as Harriet Tubman, an Eastern Shore native. During the war, hundreds of enslaved and free black men from the Eastern Shore enlisted in the United States Colored Troops, the black units authorized in January 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Afterward, returning black veterans established towns and emancipation celebrations that still survive today.
Some of the Shore's white residents held fast to the Union, while others supported the Confederacy. Although combat bypassed this area, families here as elsewhere suffered the loss of their men as well as the hardships of war. Newspaper publishers suspected of disloyalty to the Union were arrested. Streams and towns on both sides
Please drive carefully as you visit Civil War Trails sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Notable Places • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 38° 53.224′ N, 75° 49.925′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Gay Street, on the right when traveling north on North 2nd Street. This marker is on the front lawn of the Caroline County Historical Society, Museum of Rural Life. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 North 2nd Street, Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wilkes Booth (here, next to this marker); Revolution or Fraud? (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline Courthouse (about 300 feet away, Caroline Court House (about 300 feet away); On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt (about 400 feet away); President Roosevelt's Speech (about 400 feet away); Great Wars of World Conflict (about 500 feet away); Two Neighbors * Two Governors * Two States (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.