Prettyman House

Prettyman House (HMP4S)

Location: Rockville, MD 20850 Montgomery County
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N 39° 4.983', W 77° 9.371'

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Confederates in Rockville

— Gettysburg Campaign —

From his home, E. Barrett Prettyman, a prominent Rockville citizen and educator, watched approximately 5,000 Confederate cavalrymen ride into Rockville in three columns on Sunday, June 28, 1863. Like many other Montgomery County residents, Prettyman may have thought the troopers were black because of their deeply tanned faces.

Gen. Wade Hampton's brigade, with prisoners captured between Rowser's Ford and Darnestown, entered early that morning ahead of the main body on Darnestown Road, quickly routing a small Union force. After noon, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, with the remaining two brigades under Gens. Fitzhugh Lee and W.H.F. Lee (led by Col. John R. Chambliss), rode in on Great Falls Road. Lee's advance guard encountered members of the 2nd New York Cavalry, who quickly retreated. The Confederates took control of Rockville, tearing down telegraph lines, foraging the countryside, and arresting prominent citizens loyal to the Union.

While his cavalrymen spread out, Stuart stopped at Prettyman's house, admiring the family's youngest child, two-year-old Forrest. While here Stuart learned of a large supply-wagon train from Washington heading north on the Rockville Pike to the Union army then concentrating around Frederick. He sent Chambliss to capture and secure the wagons, while Stuart continued to Rockville's Court House Square to assess progress.
HM NumberHMP4S
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 4:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 313501 N 4328205
Decimal Degrees39.08305000, -77.15618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 4.983', W 77° 9.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 4' 58.98" N, 77° 9' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 410, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 104 W Jefferson St, Rockville MD 20850, US
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