Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— Gettysburg Campaign —
On June 28, 1863, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart left Rockville with three cavalry brigades, 125 captured Union supply wagons, and more than 400 military and civilian prisoners, arriving in Brookeville that night. At every opportunity, prisoners Maj. James C. Duane (Chief Engineer, Army of the Potomac) and Capt. Nathaniel Michler (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) urged Stuart to parole them. Finally consenting, Stuart prepared paroles at Brookeville and at Cooksville the next morning, slowing his advance.
The prisoners were not fed. Only white men were permitted to stop for water as they crossed streams. The Confederates slashed at blacks if they attempted to drink and shot one who was too weak to continue.
Most civilian prisoners walked home from Brookeville. Thomas Bailey and Mortimer Moulden (Rockville's postmaster and Provost
While Stuart paroled prisoners, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee took his brigade north to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Hood's Mill. Arriving just after dawn on June 29, 1863, cavalrymen tore up the track, destroyed the bridge at Sykesville, and cut the telegraph line, severing one of the Army of the Potomac's means of communication with Washington.
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 1814.
Location. 39° 10.831′ N, 77° 3.519′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 High Street, Brookeville MD 20833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. August 26, 1814 (here, next to this marker); Newlin’s Mill Millstone (a few steps from this marker); A Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); Brookeville Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Brookeville Angel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookeville.
More about this marker. One of the series of Maryland Civil War Trails markers. This one is on the Gettysburg Campaign.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,585 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.