Did You Know That Poolesville High School Sits On A Former Civil War Encampment?

Did You Know That Poolesville High School Sits On A Former Civil War Encampment?

During Christmastime in the year 1863, cavalry units and soldiers of the 39th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment were encamped on the land that Poolesville High School now sits on.

The 39th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment served the Union Army during the Civil War. They were commanded by Colonel Phineas Stearns Davis and were organized in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

The 39th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment left for Washington D.C. from Massachusetts in September of 1862, and mainly saw action in both Maryland and Virginia.

They were also present at the “Grand Review of the Armies” on May 23rd, 1865, which was the celebration of the end of the Civil War in Washington D.C., and were mustered out of service on June 1st, 1865.

By Tom Merritt

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