Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Maryland's Eastern Shore
Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here began escaping bondage via the Underground Railroad to the North and Canada, helped on their way by sympathetic blacks and whites and such courageous "conductors" as Harriet Tubman, an Eastern Shore native. During the war, hundreds of enslaved and free black men from the Eastern Shore enlisted in the United States Colored Troops, the black units authorized in January 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Afterward, returning black veterans established towns and emancipation celebrations that still survive today.
Some of the Shore's white residents held fast to the Union, while others supported the Confederacy. Although combat bypassed this area, families here as elsewhere suffered the loss of their men as well as the hardships of war. Newspaper publishers suspected of disloyalty to the Union were arrested. Streams and towns on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay became smugglers' havens as enterprising watermen ran the Federal blockade to supply Confederate forces. When the conflict ended, Eastern Shore residents returned to their fields and fishing vessels,
Please drive carefully as you visit Civil War Trails sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 0.279′ N, 75° 32.606′ W. Marker is in Pocomoke City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker can be reached from Ocean Highway (U.S. 13) when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at the Travel Information Center North. Marker is in this post office area: Pocomoke City MD 21851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wicomico Treasures (a few steps from this marker); Beach to Bay Indian Trail (a few steps from this marker); Cultural Treasures (a few steps from this marker); Boundary Line Maryland - Virginia (a few steps from this marker); Mark O. Pilchard (a few steps from this marker); Costen House (approx. 5 miles away); Sturgis One Room School (approx. 5.1 miles away); NASA Wallops Flight Facility (approx. 6½ miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pocomoke City.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.