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Darnestown, Maryland Historical Markers

 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 22, 2013
Griffith House
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — A 19th Century Crossroads — Darnestown
The thriving crossroads community of Darnestown during the 1880s looked much different than it does today. Photographs from that time, however, help us understand what someone traveling through Darnestown might have experienced. Darnestown grew . . . — Map (db m69722) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Andrew Small Academy — Darnestown
The years following the Civil War were a booming time for Darnestown. Local residents repaired damages from the war and returned to their daily means of livelihood. Andrew Small was a C&O Canal contractor and became familiar with Darnestown during . . . — Map (db m69716) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Civil War Troops & Darnestown Residents — The Civil War
Military Hardships Before becoming soldiers with military spirit, the men endured a series of hardships and deprivations. Even with their close proximity to Washington D. C. the men of Banks' division suffered shortages of clothing, . . . — Map (db m69839) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Clues to the Past: Oral History and Archaeology — The Graveyard — Darnestown —
Several recorded accounts identified that 20 to 30 individuals, including members of the Darne family, were buried here. Given the high infant mortality rates until the mid-19th century even the youngest residents of Darnestown were vulnerable to . . . — Map (db m69787) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Darnestown — Confederate Visit — Gettysburg Campaign —
On June 25-27, 1863, the Federal Army of the Potomac used two temporary pontoon bridges to cross the Potomac River from Virginia back into Maryland at Edwards Ferry. On the evening and morning of June 27-28, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led 5,000 . . . — Map (db m1684) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Darnestown: A Strategic Point of Defense — The Civil War
By the summer of 1861, the Union recognized Darnestown as an ideal location for establishing a major division headquarters. The town was strategically situated at the intersection of roads leading to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and to Washington, . . . — Map (db m69731) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Disease, Death, and Medical Discoveries During the Civil War — The Graveyard — Darnestown —
Soldiers feared bullets and bayonets on the battlfield, but the greater danger was the invisible presence of bacteria in both Union and Confederate camps. By 1865, 620,000 men were casualties of war; the bulk succumbed to communicable diseases like . . . — Map (db m69818) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — Life During Encampment in Montgomery County — 1861 - 1865
Troops stationed in Montgomery County did not sit idle while waiting to fight. In addition to preparing for battle, they also had to combat many deprivations, including proper food, clothing and shelter. Life as a soldier was difficult on all counts . . . — Map (db m74711) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — The Civil War in Darnestown — The Civil War
Although no major battles were fought in Darnestown, major troop movements occurred throughout the war. April 13, 1861    - -  Fort Sumpter Falls April 15 1861    - -  Lincoln calls out 75,000 state militia May 3, 1861    - -   Lincoln . . . — Map (db m69981) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — The Cliff Bland Recreation Area — Dedicated May 19, 1991
Climb high Climb far Your goal the sky Your aim the stars On January 31, 1991, Captain Thomas Clifford Bland, Jr., U.S.A.F. of Darnestown, gave his life in the Persian Gulf, in tribute to his outstanding courage and valor while serving . . . — Map (db m141320) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — The Origins of Darnestown — Darnestown
Darnestown Road is one of the oldest roads in Montgomery County. Once an old trail, the route dates back to 1600 when it was used by the Seneca Indians. Native Americans Established villages, planted maize, and fished along the Potomac Palisades. . . . — Map (db m69645) HM
Maryland (Montgomery County), Darnestown — The Signal Corps and Wartime Communications — The Civil War
A Signal Corps station and training camp was established near Darnestown in 1861. Signaling with flags was invented by army surgeon Albert J. Meyer and first used against the Navahos in border warfare before the Civil War. Signaling with flags . . . — Map (db m69854) HM

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