"Burning with Enthusiasm"
— Gettysburg Campaign —Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and an estimated 5,000 cavalrymen arrived in Rockville, the Montgomery County seat, on June 28, 1863, to a boisterous reception. One soldier described "a spectacle which was truly pleasing . . . It was Sunday, and the beautiful girls [from the Female Seminary] in their fresh gaily colored dresses, low necks, bare arms, and wildernesses of braids and curls, were . . . burning with enthusiasm to welcome the Southerner, waving handkerchiefs and soliciting uniform buttons as favors." Pro-Southern citizens like George Peter called for fair treatment of townspeople arrested by Stuart. Union supporters likewise defended their "Seccesh" neighbors when periodically arrested by Federal forces. Although divided by political loyalties, Rockvillians were united by community.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 8:22pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 313933 N 4328282|
|Decimal Degrees||39.08383333, -77.15121667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 5.03', W 77° 9.073'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 5' 1.80" N, 77° 9' 4.38" W|
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|Area Code(s)||240, 301, 410, 202|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 51-59 Maryland Ave, Rockville MD 20850, US|
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