Sykesville (HM90A)

Location: Sykesville, MD 21784 Carroll County
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N 39° 21.865', W 76° 58.136'

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Capturing Joe Hooker

— Gettysburg Campaign —

In June 1863, as Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia marched north, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry rode east of the main army. Soon, Federal cavalry hunted Stuart. Before dawn on June 29, several former area residents guided Stuart's column north from Cooksville. At Old Frederick Road (present-day State Rte. 99) the force divided, and elements ranged east to Sykesville and Marriottsville.

Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's brigade continued north on Washington Road to Hood's Mill and occupied the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad there, cutting telegraph lines to disrupt communications between Frederick and Washington. Stuart soon learned that Gen. Joseph Hooker had been relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac the day before at Frederick and might return to Washington on a special train about 10:30 a.m. that day. The Confederates burned a small wooden bridge over Piney Branch about half a mile east of Hood's Mill and tore up several sections of track to stop the train and capture Hooker. An alert engineer on an earlier train spotted them, however, and backed up to Frederick to warn Hooker, thereby thwarting the scheme.
HM NumberHM90A
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 2:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330378 N 4359066
Decimal Degrees39.36441667, -76.96893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.865', W 76° 58.136'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 51.90" N, 76° 58' 8.16" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7500-7598 A St, Sykesville MD 21784, US
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