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Near Buckeystown in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Buckeystown Park

Soldiers’ Shortcake

 

—Antietam Campaign 1862 —

 
Buckeystown Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
1. Buckeystown Park Marker
Inscription. On the south end of this park, the road from Urbana to Buckeystown crossed the Monocacy River over a stone bridge. Some of the Confederate troops camped here on September 6, 1862, while some crossed the bridge to bivouac on a knoll overlooking the river on the south side of the road on William Graff’s farm.

On September 13, Union Gen. William B. Franklin’s VI Corps passed by here on the march from Urbana, and halted for an hour at the apple and peach orchards near the Dalaplaine (Michael’s) Mill. Then the corps continued west toward Burkittsville and South Mountain, where it fought the next day.

(Sidebar): George and Michael Buckey founded Buckeystown, located a mile west of here, in 1775. By the 1860s, it was a thriving town with a large milling and tanning industry and several stores. Buckey’s tavern and many of the old houses from the period are still standing along the picturesque tree-lined main street of Buckeystown. The town’s largest gristmill, Delaplaine Mill (Now Michael’s Mill), is on the hill in front of you. Since the Confederates had stopped the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad traffic, the mill had a thousand barrels of flour in its warehouse, over which guards were posted to prevent pilfering. William J. Grove later recalled, “My father was the railroad agent. He opened the warehouse for the troops
Looking North Down Michael's Mill Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
2. Looking North Down Michael's Mill Road
The marker is on the right side of the road.
[and] told the Confederates they would bake as much bread as they could to feed the troops. My mother had several good cooks who were her slaves. They baked for the soldiers day and night, generally shortcake, without lard or salt, but it was eaten ravishly by the hungry soldiers.”
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 39° 19.609′ N, 77° 24.936′ W. Marker is near Buckeystown, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Michael's Mill Road (Maryland Route 880) and Fingerboard Road (Maryland Route 80), on the right on Michael's Mill Road. Touch for map. Between the road and the parking lot for Buckeystown Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7221 Michaels Mill Road, Buckeystown MD 21717, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “Carrollton” (was approx. one mile away but has been reported missing. ); Site of Buckeystown Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away); Buckeystown (approx. one mile away); The Battle That Saved Washington (approx. 2.1 miles away); History of the Monocacy River Valley (approx. 2.1
Road Side of Michael's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
3. Road Side of Michael's Mill
miles away); Clustered Spires of Frederick (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gordon’s Decisive Attack (was approx. 2.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Dennis Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckeystown.
 
More about this marker. The feature picture on the marker is a view of Buckeystown in 1885 (looking north from the intersection of what is today Routes 85 and 80). A smaller picture is of the mill. A map details unit movements and locations of other Maryland Civil War Trails sites.
 
Also see . . .
1. Buckeystown Photo Tour. Pictures of modern day views similar to that of the 1885 photograph. (Submitted on July 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Monocacy River Water Trail Map. Link to PDF. (Submitted on July 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Antietam Campaign
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Michael's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
4. Michael's Mill
This picture was taken from the old mill race along the Monocacy River.
19th Century Picture of the Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
5. 19th Century Picture of the Mill
Compare to the modern day view of the mill from the mill race.
Close Up View of 1885 Picture of Buckeystown image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
6. Close Up View of 1885 Picture of Buckeystown
Compare this picture to the modern day scene from the Buckeystown Photo Tour link above.
Old Millrace image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
7. Old Millrace
The old mill race trench is still easy to make out, on the west bank of the scenic Monocacy River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,299 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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