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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dr. Stonestreet's Office

Country Doctor and Army Surgeon

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 4, 2021
1. Dr. Stonestreet's Office Marker
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This was the office of Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet, who practiced medicine from 1852 to 1903. He began his career here as a country doctor serving Montgomery County. During the Federal draft of 1862, he examined an estimated 800 draftees and recruits for their fitness to serve in the U.S. Army. He rejected 233 men for medical reasons. After the Battle of Antietam on September 17, he volunteered to serve as an Acting Assistant Surgeon with the rank of lieutenant. More than 5,500 civilian doctors served in similar positions during the war. After the battle, about 10,000 wounded Union soldiers needed immediate and long-term medical care. During the next four months, more than 900 wounded men were transported through Rockville in U.S. Army ambulances from Frederick, Maryland, to Washington, D.C., and to Alexandria, Virginia for long-term care. As they passed through Rockville, Dr. Stonestreet tended to them in a 350-bed temporary U.S. Army hospital on the grounds of the Montgomery County Courthouse.

In February 1863, Dr. Stonestreet was called into service for the last time, when Co. M, 6th Michigan Cavalry, was stationed in Rockville as

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By Devry Becker Jones, June 4, 2021
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part of the Washington, D.C. defenses. With many of the soldiers ill, the unit contracted with him for their medical care.

After serving his country three times in its hour of need, Dr. Stonestreet returned to private practice. For the next 40 years, this trusted local doctor tended to the medical needs of his community from this office.

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Ambulance wagons like these carried soldiers from battlefields to military hospitals.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesScience & MedicineWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1863.
 
Location. 39° 5.079′ N, 77° 9.337′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from West Montgomery Avenue west of North Adams Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 W Montgomery Ave, 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. Stonestreet Medical Museum (a few steps from this marker); Beall-Dawson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beall Dawson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beall-Dawson House and Park

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(within shouting distance of this marker); Early Rockville Residential Area (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Higgins House (about 300 feet away); Williams-Wilson House (about 300 feet away); Lucy Simpson's Rockville Institute (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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