Maryland's Eastern Shore

Maryland's Eastern Shore (HM58J)

Location: Chester, MD 21619 Queen Anne's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.487', W 76° 14.944'

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Hundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted

Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties.

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, and the passions of war subsided.

Please drive carefully as you visit Civil War Trails sites on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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HM NumberHM58J
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:44pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 391800 N 4314720
Decimal Degrees38.97478333, -76.24906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.487', W 76° 14.944'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 29.22" N, 76° 14' 56.64" W
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Area Code(s)410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 441 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester MD 21619, US
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