Not all HoCo Civil War history is centered around
Ellicott City and Elkridge. Citizen soldiers once drilled around Oakland Manor in before they headed south to join the Confederacy. They called themselves the Howard Dragoons and were led by the owner of the manor, George Riggs Gaither, Jr. Columbia Town Center
They actually served the Union side before later casting their lot with the secessionists. Captain Gaither and his Howard Dragoons helped keep the peace in
in the aftermath of the Baltimore Riot of 1861. Baltimore
The marker at
also tells the story of HoCo’s slavery history. Three Shipley brothers, William, Moses and Joseph who at the beginning of the conflict were slaves at Oakland In 1863 they enlisted in the 9th U.S. Colored Troops and saw action in Oakland, went on to fight for the Union. . William Shipley was killed in battle at Deep Bottom near Virginia in 1864. Richmond
Captain Gaithers own wartime exploits were somewhat inglorious. He was hospitalized in Richmond in 1864 with a bad case of Hemorrhoids thereby ending his service in “K” Company, 1st Virginia Cavalry.