Civil War Camp of New Hampshire Infantry in Poolesville MD
During the Civil War, more soldiers passed through Poolesville than any other Montgomery County, Maryland, town. Union soldiers occupied the village throughout most of the war.
During the 15th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days events, Dolores and I visited the historic John Poole House and General store in Poolesville. Dating from 1793, it is the oldest structure in the community and now serves as an interpretative museum.
Among the Civil War artifacts on display is a very interesting painting that was inspired by a hand drawn map by a Union soldier. The artist was John W. Sturtevant and he drew the map to send home to his family to show them the location of the camp where he was living that winter in Poolesville. He was a first sergeant in Company G of the 14th Regiment of the New Hampshire Infantry. He advanced in rank during the war. He became a second lieutenant in May, 1863, a first lieutenant in January, 1864 and finally a captain in January, 1865. He was wounded twice in September, 1864, at Opequan, Virginia.
When the 14th New Hampshire left Poolesville, they had their first battle on September 19, 1864 at Winchester, Virginia. In Montgomery County, you can find much history in unexpected places. If you have an opportunity, you will want to visit the John Poole House and General Store at 19923 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Maryland.
Civil War Camp, Poolesville, MD IMG_2678
Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.
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