Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Strategic Union Encampment
— Gettysburg Campaign —
During the Civil War, more soldiers passed through Poolesville than any other Montgomery County town. Union forces occupied this bustling village throughout most of the war, protecting the strategic road network, lines of communication and supplies. Confederate cavalry sporadically raided the Federal cavalry units posted here, and Company B of local resident, Confederate Col. Elijah Veirs White's 35th White's Ferry Cavalry Battalion included Poolesville natives.
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.
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. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 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); Welcome to Poolesville (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Poolesville Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Beallsville (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poolesville.
More about this marker. The marker features a drawing depicting a Federal camp during the Civil War. Portraits of Gen. Joseph Hooker and Col. Elijah Veirs White, along with Capt. John S. Mosby (in the sidebar) are also included.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,299 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on June 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on July 11, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 8. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.