Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Maryland's Eastern Shore
Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here began escaping bondage via the Underground Railroad to the North and Canada, helped on their way by sympathetic blacks and whites and such courageous “conductors” as Harriet Tubman, an Eastern Shore native. During the war, hundreds of enslaved and free black men from the Eastern Shore enlisted in the United States Colored Troops, the black units authorized in January 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Afterward, returning black veterans established towns and emancipation celebrations that still survive today.
Some of the Shore's white residents held fast to the Union, while others supported the Confederacy. Although combat bypassed this area, families here as elsewhere suffered the loss of their men as well as the hardships of war. Newspaper publishers suspected of disloyalty to the Union were arrested. Streams and towns on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay became smugglers' havens as enterprising watermen ran the Federal blockade to supply Confederate forces. When the conflict ended, Eastern Shore residents returned to their fields
Please drive carefully as you visit Civil War Trails sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 53.224′ N, 75° 49.925′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of North 2nd Street and Gay Street, on the right when traveling north on North 2nd Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the front lawn of the Caroline County Historical Society, Museum of Rural Life. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 North 2nd Street, Denton MD 21629, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wilkes Booth (here, next to this marker); Revolution or Fraud? (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline Courthouse-In the Shadow of Justice (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caroline Court House (about 300 feet away); On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt (about 400 feet away); Great Wars of World Conflict Moses and the Hounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hubs of Activity (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Notable Places • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 115 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 30, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.