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Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Divided Loyalties

The Neal Family


— Gettysburg Campaign —

Divided Loyalties Marker image. Click for full size.
November 16, 2007
1. Divided Loyalties Marker
Inscription.  A block away, at what is now 71 East Main Street, stood the Abner Neal house. In August 1862, Federal soldiers arrested sixteen Westminster residents as Southern sympathizers and escorted them to Baltimore for questioning. The group, soon released, included Neal’s two sons, Henry and Frank. The young men joined the Confederate army in September 1862, when Col. Thomas L. Rosser’s 5th Virginia Cavalry swept through Westminster during the Antietam Campaign. The Neals served in Co. D, 1st Maryland Cavalry (CSA).

They returned home on June 29, 1863, helping guide Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry corps through Maryland en route to Gettysburg. As their mother, Rose, and sister, Mary, sat in their second-floor parlor reading the Bible, they heard a shout – “The Rebels are coming!” – in the street. Stepping to the balcony, they asked, “How do you know they are Rebels?” The answer came, “I know Henry and Frank Neal!” At that moment Rose Neal placed a bookmark in the Bible where she had stopped reading, and it was never removed. Soon, the Neal boys waved hello as they road west on Main Street, but before long they dashed by the other way in pursuit of
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November 24, 2008
2. Divided Loyalties Marker
The left of two Civil War Trails markers alongside the railroad tracks.
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Delaware cavalrymen escaping toward Baltimore. After the war, Rose Neal warned her sons against returning home because of anti-Confederate sentiment, and they never came back.

On July 4, after the Battle of Gettysburg, Union Gen. John Gibbon arrived at the house, where Rose Neal treated his wounds. She was his wife’s aunt.
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 month for this entry is June 1863.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 39° 34.5′ N, 76° 59.773′ W. Marker was in Westminster, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker was at the intersection of Liberty Street (Maryland Route 27) and West Main Street (Maryland Route 32), on the right when traveling north on Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Westminster MD 21157, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Westminster Depot (here, next to this marker); Mayor Joseph L. Mathias (a few steps from this marker); History Is Also Now (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neal Home
Photo of Westminster from Marker image. Click for full size.
November 24, 2008
3. Photo of Westminster from Marker
Westminster, Main Street, looking west, ca. 1868, toward the 1st Delaware Cavalry campsite on the commons - Courtesy of the Historical Society of Carroll County.
(about 700 feet away); The First Complete County Rural Free Delivery Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rosser Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pvt. Jerome L. Day (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westminster.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned Westminster, Main Street, looking west, ca. 1868, toward the 1st Delaware Cavalry campsite on the commons. On the lower right of the marker is a portrait of Gen. John Gibbon.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,405 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2018. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2008. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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