“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Maryland's Eastern Shore

Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted

Maryland's Eastern Shore Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
1. Maryland's Eastern Shore Marker
Inscription.  Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties.

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 of the Chesapeake
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Bay became smugglers' havens as enterprising watermen ran the Federal blockade to supply Confederate forces. When the conflict ended, Eastern Shore residents returned to their fields and fishing vessels, and the passions of war subsided.

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 RRAfrican AmericansNotable PlacesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 53.224′ N, 75° 49.925′ W. Marker was in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker was 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 was 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 location. War Along the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Emancipation's Close Call
Maryland's Eastern Shore Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, January 19, 2018
2. Maryland's Eastern Shore Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Carney (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2023