Near Skidmore in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sandy Point Farm
William Evans, Soldier and Sailor
Evans was among many Maryland blacks, slave and free, who fought in the Civil War (8,718 in the USCTs). As a border state, Maryland continued to sanction slavery during the war until a new state constitution abolished it on November 1, 1864. Before then, free blacks could enlist in the U.S. Army, and thousands of slaves fled to seek refuge with the Union troops. By early 1864, however, slaveholders such as Mezick were promised reimbursement for any slaves who enlisted. During the war, Mezick remained at Sandy Point Farm and owned the farm until the late nineteenth century.
African Americans Faced Brutality
Thomas B. Davis, keeper of Sandy
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1864.
Location. 39° 0.675′ N, 76° 23.852′ W. Marker is near Skidmore, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from South Beach Road 0.8 miles south of Oceanic Drive when traveling south. The marker is in Sandy Point State Park, near the beach at the south end of the road, near the main bath house/summer store. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis MD 21409, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth (here, next to this marker); Tense Time (approx. ¼ mile away); Annapolis Laboratory Fort Nonsense (approx. 4.2 miles away); British Takeover (approx. 4.4 miles away); Broad Creek Cemetery (approx. 4½ miles away); Gold Star Families Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Skidmore.
Also see . . .
1. MD Civil War Trails for Chesapeake Bay area. (Submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
2. Sandy Point State Park (Md DNR website). (Submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 652 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.