Clarksburg in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Women on the Homefront in Montgomery County
1861 – 1865
Many of the domestic skills women practiced at home played a vital role in the form of volunteerism during the Civil War. Cooking meals, mending clothes, and tending to wounds were just a few examples of the acts of benevolence that comforted soldiers during the depths of despair. Alice D. Nourse remembered how local women aided Union troops stationed in Seneca suffering from typhoid fever: “My mother, with other ladies of the community, used to take the sick men such delicacies as they could, that their illness might be made a little more bearable.”
Montgomery County women held mixed views on the war and chose to champion both Federal and southern causes. Days after the firing at Fort Sumner, some women demonstrated their support of the rebel cause:
‘The flag of the Southern Confederacy made by the ladies of Rockville is now flying from the court-house. We had a demonstration on Saturday night in honor of Virginia secession. Abraham Lincoln was burnt in effigy.’ — Exerpt
“ Regardless of which side they supported, women endured severe hardships during these years. Solace was often found in the practice of their religious beliefs. Attendance at regular services sometimes presented a challenge. As a result, large religious revivals flourished, especially in the Hyattstown area. An 1863 advertisement announced that one such meeting was “highly increasing in interest.” That excitement continued after the war, when Americans rejoiced in the end of combat. Eleanor and David Zeigler, experienced inn keepers, prepared lodgings for nearly 300 who attended an August 1865 revival held only 400 yards away from their home. The 1805 Zeigler house still stands here today. — Baltimore Sun, 1 December 1863
Erected by Montgomery County Department of Parks.
Location. 39° 16.341′ N, 77° 18.469′ W. Marker is in Clarksburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Frederick Road (Maryland Route 355) 0.1 miles north of Prescott Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25321 N Frederick Rd, Clarksburg MD 20871, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker Our Daily Bread (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hyattstown Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hyattstown (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Real Field of Dreams (approx. 0.8 miles away); Welcome to Froggy Hollow (approx. 1.7 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mt. Ephraim Crossroads (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tavern Life at Dowden's Ordinary (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksburg.
Also see . . . Little Bennett Regional Park - Trails and Historic sites. Montgomery County Department of Parks (Submitted on November 10, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 10, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.