Cooksville (HM5ZF)

Location: Cooksville, MD 21723 Howard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.262', W 77° 1.181'

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Saving the Guns

Gettysburg Campaign When Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led his cavalry division north across the Potomac River into Maryland in June 1863, about 400 Federals and civilians were captured and then paroled in Brookeville. At the same time, Confederate Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's brigade continued its march north toward Hood's Mill.

Near Cooksville, meanwhile, Capt. R.E. Duvall's Co. A, Purnell Legion Md. Cavalry, had bivouacked on the National Road with two ordnance rifles of Capt. W.D. Rank's Battery H, 3rdPa. Artillery. Duvall was escorting the guns to Relay in Baltimore County, where they were to be used in the defense of the Thomas Viaduct on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

When Stuart's advance drove in the Union pickets before dawn on June 29, Duvall sent Sgt. Andrew Duncanand Pvt. Jonathan Norris back to Frederick to warn Gen.George G. Meade of the Confederate presence, then beat a hasty retreat under cover of darkness. He lost some camp equipment and four horses but saved his men and Rank's guns. Near Poplar Springs he encountered Col. John B. Mclntosh's cavalry brigade, which was hunting for Stuart and offered protection. When Duvall's company and the two guns did not reach Relay as expected, area commander Gen.Robert Schenck reported them captured. It was two days before he learned their true status.
HM NumberHM5ZF
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Historical PeriodCivil War
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 325897 N 4354347
Decimal Degrees39.32103333, -77.01968333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.262', W 77° 1.181'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 15.7200" N, 77° 1' 10.8600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)410
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14600 Frederick Rd, Cooksville MD 21723, US
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