Cambridge in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Maryland's Eastern Shore
Faced with Decisions
Welcome to Dorchester County! When the Civil War intruded into quiet communities, residents here, as elsewhere on the Eastern Shore, faced difficult choices.
Before the war, enslaved African Americans here began escaping bondage via the Underground Railroad, helped along their way by sympathetic blacks and whites and such courageous "conductors" as Harriet Tubman, Dorchester County native. Frederick Douglass, who escaped in 1838, inspired many with his 1845 autobiography and later speeches. During the war, enslaved and free Eastern Shore black men enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops authorized after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863.
Some of the Shore's white residents, including Anna Ella Carroll, held fast to the Union while others supported the Confederacy. 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 Bay became smugglers' havens as watermen ran the Federal blockade to supply Confederate forces. Afterward,
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Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1863.
Location. 38° 34.268′ N, 76° 3.851′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Rosehill Place, 0.1 miles east of Dorchester Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Rosehill Pl, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover: Dorchester (here, next to this marker); Enjoy Our Park (here, next to this marker); Cambridge (a few steps from this marker); A Landscape and Lifestyle Defined by Water (within shouting distance of this marker); Choptank River's Natural History (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring Dorchester's Fragile Beauty (within shouting distance of this marker); Choptank River Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Living off the Land (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 159 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.