Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Silver Spring in the Civil War
The weary Confederates having just left a bloody battle at Monocacy two days prior, stopped to rest and regroup in Silver Spring, then called Sligo, thus allowing time for Union General Frank Wheaton's troops to arrive from Petersburg, Virginia. Explosions ripped the air. Remnants of the deadly conflict such as cannon balls and artillery shells have been found in the Woodside community, formerly the Wilson farms. Richard Wilson was sympathetic to the Southern Cause and his farm house (5) (which still stands) reportedly served as headquarters for Early's second in command, former U.S. Vice President John C. Breckenridge. His brother John remained loyal to the North. Ironically, Union soldiers damaged John Wilson's farm and killed John and Richard's
In the aftermath of the struggle, "Falklands" lay in smoldering ruins. Bodies and debris lay scattered about the community; casualties numbered in the hundreds. Sligo Post Office served as a Confederate hospital. Proper interment of hastily buried Confederates took place later in the Cemetery at (6) Grace Episcopal Church under the direction of the pastor, James Avirett, former chaplain wth Ashby's Cavalry, C.S.A. A monument to honor these men was erected on the church grounds in 1896. To remember the Union effort, local citizens renamed the nearby (7) Leesboro after General Wheaton.
Erected by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 59.969′ N, 77° 1.934′ W. Marker was in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker was at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and Spring Street, on the left when traveling north on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at Woodside Urban Park. Marker was at or near this postal address: 8800 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Modern Banking 24-Hour Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Building Blocks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Silver Opportunity (approx. 0.3 miles away); Silver Spring Shopping Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (approx. half a mile away); Silver Spring Armory (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Also see . . . Civil War Battle for Fort Stevens. (Submitted on January 31, 2006.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,171 times since then and 71 times this year. Last updated on November 5, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 31, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.