Unionville in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Founded to Honor their Service
Eighteen Talbot County slaves and free blacks joined the U.S. Colored Troops. At least half of them were assigned to the Seventh Regiment Infantry which fought in some of the war's most crucial battles. The regiment was repeatedly praised for its performance as it was by a New York Tribune correspondent who wrote after the battle at Fussels Mills, "The 7th U.S. colored troops (Maryland) on the first day carried with fixed bayonets, a line of rifle pits, and carried it without a shot, but with a loss of thirty-five; it was one of the most stirring and gallant affairs I have ever known."
In 1866, the soldiers were discharged and returned to their families here. John and Ezekiel Cowgill, conscientious Quakers who owned Lombardy Plantation, offered each veteran a plot of land and a dollar a month. The former soldiers immediately built a school and church and named their new community Cowgilltown.
Location. 38° 48.566′ N, 76° 8.371′ W. Marker is in Unionville, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Unionville Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. In the parking lot north of of St. Stephens A.M.E. Church in Unionville. Marker is in this post office area: Easton MD 21601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Unionville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of “The Rest” (approx. 1˝ miles away); Betty’s Cove Meetinghouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fausley (approx. 3 miles away); The “Mannour of Ratcliffe” (approx. 3.2 miles away); Bracing for an Attack (approx. 3.8 miles away); Talbot County Courthouse (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Unionville.
More about this marker. The Civil War Trails marker is next to a copy of the Union Soldiers marker which is south of the church.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.