Sandy Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Quakers Practicing their Faith in Montgomery County
Local Quakers were committed Unionists and supported the motives behind the war. But in action, they could not participate on the battlefield due to their testimony against military service. Nonetheless, many contributed in ways that were acceptable to their faith. For example, Quaker women not only submitted articles to the Maryland State Fair for U.S. Soldier Relief in Baltimore that “nobly maintained the reputation of the neighborhood,” they also prepared care packages for needy Confederate women in the South.
Although most Friends were committed to non-violent involvement in the war, a noticeable minority did engage in battle. By the end of the Civil War,
“ Even after the close of the long rebellion, some Quakers felt hard pressed to let their feelings of conflict subside. In her 1868 diary, Sandy Spring resident Mary Brooke became quite heated over her thoughts about former Confederate neighbors: “ I cannot force myself, to feel any unity of desire of intercourse, having no reason to think they do not still cherish their rebel principles as warmly and strongly as when he (Guy Dorsey) was in the rebel army and piloting them through this very neighborhood, it is very hard to feel charity and love for a traitor; even if we could believe they were under the delusion of honest, conscious convictions, therefore I would avoid voluntary intercourse, at the same time if neighborly assistance was needed in any way, I would freely bestow it, as on any others, of the human family, having thus relieved my mind, I drop the subject forever.” — Mary Briggs Brooke Diary, 1868. University of Maryland Special Collections.
Location. Touch for map. At Woodlawn Manor Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring MD 20860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodlawn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); African Americans and Quakers in Sandy Spring (about 500 feet away); The Holland Red Door Store (approx. ¼ mile away); The Sandy Spring (approx. 0.8 miles away); History of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Higgins Tavern (approx. 2.4 miles away); Olney House (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Spring.
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