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Old 05-31-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.
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The Baltimore-Washington area is northern, everything else (Eastern Shore, Southern MD, Western MD) is all southern.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.
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Thats look like it could be in Pennsylvania.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the Eastern Seaboard.......
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Thats look like it could be in Pennsylvania.
Or somewhere in Virginia.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Terramaria
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I'm about to take a trip to Nashville, then New Orleans, then Panama City, and possibly Savannah and ask them if MD is a southern state. I can just show them this thread and show them that "the North" starts at the beginning of Philly's suburbs in New Castle County, not DC's.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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History Channel has a interesting documentary series "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America". Being Civil War Week, this one is on the Battle of Antietam. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia anticipated swelling his ranks from Marylanders sympathetic to the Southern Cause. Not only did these Marylanders not join the Confederate troops (likely due to their rag tag condition), the Confederate Army continued to go hungry because Western Marylanders would not feed them or support them. @ Westsideboy--the History Channel refers to Sharpsburg (Washington County) as "Western Maryland", cornfields and all!
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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History Channel has a interesting documentary series "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America". Being Civil War Week, this one is on the Battle of Antietam. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia anticipated swelling his ranks from Marylanders sympathetic to the Southern Cause. Not only did these Marylanders not join the Confederate troops (likely due to their rag tag condition), the Confederate Army continued to go hungry because Western Marylanders would not feed them or support them. @ Westsideboy--the History Channel refers to Sharpsburg (Washington County) as "Western Maryland", cornfields and all!
I must have forgotten to send them the memo.....
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:53 PM
 
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It is very well known to any history buff that western md had strong ties to the union.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Maybe a history buff could explain why Lee chose to move into western MD? If I were Lee I would have picked a place like PG or Charles County; would have received a lot of support from the locals there.
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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It wasn't so much Western MD but the Shenandoah Valley. That was home turf for the Confederacy and Lee could move back and forth pretty much unhindered. That was why later in the War Sheridan went through and burned or took anything that wasn't nailed down, the Valley was the granary and in many cases the war material supplier for the Army of Northern VA.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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It wasn't so much Western MD but the Shenandoah Valley. That was home turf for the Confederacy and Lee could move back and forth pretty much unhindered. That was why later in the War Sheridan went through and burned or took anything that wasn't nailed down, the Valley was the granary and in many cases the war material supplier for the Army of Northern VA.
Bingo, Lee crossed where he could logistically. There were some Southern sympathizers in the northern part of Maryland, which was overall strongly Union, but they were pretty much coerced into silence by Federal occupation. Many were jailed, the rest either went South to form their own regiments or kept their mouth shut.

Much of the sympathy with the "Southern cause" that did exist in the Northern parts of Maryland went away once the Confederacy attacked Ft. Sumter and the horrific violence started. I think someone already mentioned that the Southern Army at this point didn't wasn't much to look at, and couldn't offer much to new recruits. I don't think the ransoming of Maryland towns helped the cause either.

It is also important to note that the Potomac is still fairly easy to cross in Washington County, once you get to Charles County, it is a high, deep river that would have required alot of time and boats to ford.
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