Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Strategic Union Encampment
—Gettysburg Campaign —
When the Army of the Potomac crossed the Potomac River at Edwards Ferry on June 24-25, 1863, and marched to Frederick and then to Gettysburg, Poolesville became temporary Union headquarters. Four infantry corps, the cavalry corps, and the Artillery Reserve marched through town June 25-27, 1863, and Gen. Winfield S. Hancock commandeered the home of elderly Jessie Veirs, Col. White's cousin.
Telegraph records indicate Gen. Joseph Hooker, commander of the Army of the Potomac, arrived the evening of June 26. At 9:00 a.m. on June 27, Hooker departed for Harpers Ferry where he would resign his command in a letter to President Abraham Lincoln.
(sidebar) Seneca Mills Skirmish. On June 10, 1863, Confederate Col. John S. Mosby’s 43rd Virgina Battalion of partisan rangers crossed into Maryland to reconnoiter for Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. The next day, separated from Stuart by the Union army, Mosby attacked a 6th Michigan Cavalry outpost at Seneca (7 miles southeast). The Federal troopers retreated to Poolesville to regroup for an assault that never came. Mosby lost two men, Lt. George H. Whitescarver and Capt. William G.D. Brawner, Co. H, 15th Virginia Cavalry. Brawner and some of his men had joined Mosby's raid to share in the spoils that rangers were permitted to keep.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 8.759′ N, 77° 24.938′ W. Marker is in Poolesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Fisher Avenue / Whites Ferry Road (Maryland Route 107), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along an alley running beside the Old Bank Building (now a Town Administrative Office), to the North of Fisher Avenue. The marker is in front of the John Poole House, inside the Historic Medley District of town. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Poolesville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civil War at Poolesville (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Poolesville (about 800 feet away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beallsville (approx. 2.3 miles away); In Loving Memory (approx. 2.4 miles away); African American Soldiers from Montgomery County (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poolesville.
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Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,229 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.