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Poolesville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Poolesville

 
 
Historic Poolesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 22, 2007
1. Historic Poolesville Marker
Inscription. Located on the doorstep of the Confederacy and possessing, what was then, a sizable population, the Town of Poolesville was a strategic military crossroads during the Civil War.

Union Soldiers were encamped in Poolesville throughout the Civil War, in spite of the Confederate sympathies of its residents. The presence of these encampments and the conduct of the military operations had a profound effect on life in Poolesville and the surrounding farming community.

The historic 1826 Methodist Church was at the center of this activity in Poolesville. At different times during the War, the church served as a Union signal post, telegraph office, and hospital.

To the right is a map, hand drawn on December 29, 1863, illustrating the significant presence of Union soldiers in the Town of Poolesville.

The orientation of the map corresponds to the southward-facing placement of this exhibit sign.

The Methodist Church is depicted as ‘Me. Church’ and located to the south-east of the instersection of ‘Main Street’ (now Fisher Avenue) and the ‘Road to Edwards Ferry’ (now West Willard Road).

A short distance in front of you, Poolesville High School sits on land where, in Christmastime 1863, cavalry units and soldiers of the 39th Massachusetts were encamped. The commercial buildings and homes to your left were once
Close Up View of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 22, 2007
2. Close Up View of the Map
fields in which the artillery of the 10th Massachusetts were stationed. To your right and back, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church still faces onto Poolesville’s main street as it did during the Civil War.

The congregation cemetery on the Methodist Church property also served as a burial ground for Union and Confederate soldiers. These burials were often poorly documented. However, available historical records indicate that about thirty fallen soldiers are interred here alongside the men, women and children of ante-bellum Poolesvile.
 
Location. 39° 8.721′ N, 77° 25.098′ W. Marker is in Poolesville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on West Willard Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Historic 1826 Methodist Church Building and Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17605 West Willard Road, Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Civil War at Poolesville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter's Church (about 500 feet away); Poolesville (about 600 feet away); The Old Bank Building (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Poolesville
Marker Beside the Old Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 22, 2007
3. Marker Beside the Old Methodist Church
(about 800 feet 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.
 
More about this marker. A copy of a map, referenced in the text, is the centerpiece of the marker. A drawing at the top of the marker is of the Poolesville City Hall (old Bank Building).
 
Also see . . .  Poolesville Methodist Church History. (Submitted on August 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Listing of Soldiers Buried in the Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 22, 2007
4. Listing of Soldiers Buried in the Church Cemetery
This plaque lists the soldiers buried in the cemetery, by unit.
Old Church Cemetery Stones image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 22, 2007
5. Old Church Cemetery Stones
Time has weathered the older stones from the cemetery, but many were preserved, and laid out for display beside the church building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,578 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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