Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Nest of Traitors
The Denton Arrests
Clearly, pro-South adherents were active in Caroline County in 1862. William Gadd, one of the arrested men, was a paroled Confederate soldier. Another, G.W. Goldsborough, had obtained a commission in the Confederate army. A third man, William Holt, was reported to be "hurrahing for Jeff Davis" while a prisoner in Fort McHenry. On the other hand, most of the arrests were for political reasons. The prisoners included merchants, doctors, and attorneys who were prominent leaders of the Democratic Party as well as editor Albert Gullett and the owners of the Denton Journal. The Journal had not advocated secession but had harshly critized the U.S. Army for
In its desperation to keep Maryland in the Union and prevent Washington from being isolated in the Confederacy, the Lincoln administration sometimes overstepped Constitutional boundaries. As a later historian notes, even the most rural parts of Maryland were "where freedom was denied, for the sake of preserving freedom."
[text with picture on left] Ann Maria Evitss Cherbonnier, with son Joseph, watched as her husband, Dr. Peter Ovid Cherbonnier, was arrested in 1862 and taken by steamboat to a prison cell in Fort McHenry.
[text with middle image] Above is the "Register of Prisoners" from Fort McHenry describing three of the men arrested in Caroline County. It notes that prisoner Gadd "hurrahed for Jeff Davis and cursed [Md.\ Governor Hicks," then refused to take an Oath of Allegience.
[text with image on right] If the objective of the Caroline arrests was to intimidate other residents of the Eastern Shore, it was probably successful. All Eastern Shore newspapers ran news accounts, including the Cambridge Herald, above.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. Marker has been reported missing.Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: 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. Hubs of Activity (a few steps from this marker); Steamboats on the Choptank River (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at Denton (within shouting distance of this marker); Choptank River Heritage Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Denton Arrests (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moses and the Hounds (about 500 feet away); Caroline County Visitor Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neck Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
1. Marker sign stolen
Visited this sign on March 23, 2020 and found the sign missing although the frame is still intact. A local historian said it was stolen about a month ago.
— Submitted March 23, 2020, by Robert Heyward of Prattville, Alabama.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.