Darnestown in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life During Encampment in Montgomery County
1861 - 1865
Theft was rampant during the war and horses were a highly sought-after commodity. Dr. William Palmer of Sandy Spring may have sought to avoid having his stolen. On July 13, 1864, Brigadier General Bradley T. Johnson, CSA ordered that "[a]ll officers and soldiers are forbidden to trouble in any way the property of Dr. Wm. Palmer. His horses must not be touched." Palmer's neighbors were not so fortunate: "The rebel cavalry made their appearance at numerous points in Montgomery County, Md.… making levies upon horse flesh generally, pouncing with special vim upon the fat animals owned by the Quakers about Sandy Spring." In most cases, no injuries resulted from thefts. Thomas N. Nelson, however, was not so lucky. According to the Sentinel, in September 1862 Wilson was killed by a bayonet while attempting to stop three
Not all interaction with county civilians was so negative. Prior to the Civil War, the United States only recognized two national holidays: Independence Day and President Washington's Birthday. Union troops stationed in Montgomery County were also accustomed to celebrating the New England tradition of Thanksgiving in November. The New York Times recorded the local festivities witnessed by Marylanders in 1861. Soldiers feasted on an abundance of food, including "turkeys, hams, oyster pies." In addition, a grand ball was thrown in the vicinity of Poolesville were attendees included "a large number of New-England ladies." The atmosphere was one of "good cheer and a proper degree of thankfulness."
"Local newspapers reported that soldiers had "robbed poultry roosts, gardens, corn fields and potato patches, orchards and dairies... broke into houses, searched stores, and carried off property which they failed to return even when ordered to do so by their officers. They solicited our negros to leave their owners…" — Montgomery Sentinel, 16 August 1861
Erected by Montgomery Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1862.
Location. 39° 3.964′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14750 River Road, Potomac MD 20854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Traveler's Impressions of Montgomery County (here, next to this marker); Lockhouse 22 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rowser’s Ford (approx. 1.3 miles away); Washington's Canal (approx. 1.3 miles away in Virginia); Potomac Connections (approx. 1.8 miles away in Virginia); Seneca Tract (approx. 1.8 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Rowser's Ford (approx. 1.9 miles away in Virginia); Crossing the Potomac at Rowser's Ford (approx. 1.9 miles away in Virginia).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.