Buckeystown Park

Buckeystown Park (HMGU)

Location: Adamstown, MD 21710 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.609', W 77° 24.936'

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Soldiers' Shortcake

— Antietam Campaign 1862 —

On the south end of this park, the road from Urbana to Buckeystown crossed the Monocacy River over a stone bridge. Some of the Confederate troops camped here on September 6, 1862, while some crossed the bridge to bivouac on a knoll overlooking the river on the south side of the road on William Graff's farm.

On September 13, Union Gen. William B. Franklin's VI Corps passed by here on the march from Urbana, and halted for an hour at the apple and peach orchards near the Dalaplaine (Michael's) Mill. Then the corps continued west toward Burkittsville and South Mountain, where it fought the next day.

(Sidebar): George and Michael Buckey founded Buckeystown, located a mile west of here, in 1775. By the 1860s, it was a thriving town with a large milling and tanning industry and several stores. Buckey's tavern and many of the old houses from the period are still standing along the picturesque tree-lined main street of Buckeystown. The town's largest gristmill, Delaplaine Mill (Now Michael's Mill), is on the hill in front of you. Since the Confederates had stopped the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad traffic, the mill had a thousand barrels of flour in its warehouse, over which guards were posted to prevent pilfering. William J. Grove later recalled, "My father was the railroad agent. He opened the warehouse for the troops [and] told the Confederates they would bake as much bread as they could to feed the troops. My mother had several good cooks who were her slaves. They baked for the soldiers day and night, generally shortcake, without lard or salt, but it was eaten ravishly by the hungry soldiers."
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291782 N 4355827
Decimal Degrees39.32681667, -77.41560000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.609', W 77° 24.936'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 36.54" N, 77° 24' 56.16" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7090 State Hwy 880, Adamstown MD 21710, US
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