Sykesville in Carroll County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Capturing Joe Hooker
óGettysburg Campaign ó
Gen. Fitzhugh Leeís brigade continued north on Washington Road to Hoodís Mill and occupied the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad there, cutting telegraph lines to disrupt communications between Frederick and Washington. Stuart soon learned that Gen. Joseph Hooker had been relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac the day before at Frederick and might return to Washington on a special train about 10:30 a.m. that day. The Confederates burned a small wooden bridge over Piney Branch about half a mile east of Hoodís Mill and tore up several sections of track to stop the train and capture Hooker. An alert engineer on an earlier train spotted them, however, and backed up to Frederick to warn Hooker, thereby thwarting the scheme.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Location. 39° 21.865′ N, 76° 58.136′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sykesville MD 21784, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station (a few steps from this marker); St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sykesville Bypass Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Historic Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Springfield Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hoodís Mill (approx. 2.9 miles away); Henryton School of Practical Nursing (approx. 3 miles away); Henryton Center (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sykesville.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned This 1860s tintype shows the Sykes Hotel which stood on the bank of the Patapsco River. The railroad tracks and telegraph lines in the foreground continue across the river into Howard County. The Sykes Hotel was destroyed when the Patapsco flooded in 1868. On the upper middle of the marker is a photo captioned Sykesville. On the lower right of the marker are portraits of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee and Gen. Joseph Hooker. On the upper
Also see . . . The Historic Site of Sykesville, Maryland. (Submitted on November 26, 2008.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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