Marylanders in the Confederate army.
How many Marylanders served in the Confederate Army is an inquiry that is periodically made.
—Gen. Isaac R. Trimble
, in a prepared address, delivered before the Society of the Army and Navy of the Confederate States
, on February 22, 1883, said:
‘Gen. S. Cooper
of our Government, told me in Richmond
that over 21,000 Marylanders had entered the Southern
was a man of unquestioned high character and integrity.
It must be remembered that the Adjutant-General
's office contained the records of all the Confederate armies, including the nativity of all soldiers.
of the United States Army before the war, and, having resigned early in 1861, was given the same position in the Confederate
This statement, therefore, may be regarded as official.
often told me that he had much at heart the separate organization of the Marylanders.
They are, he said, unrivaled soldiers, and, if brought together, we may get many other Marylanders to join us.’
This was attempted in 1863, but it was then too late, as the Marylanders who were serving in other organizations were unwilling to leave their present comrades and associations, formed through the ties of many campaigns and battles.
They were found in every army and every organization, and were specially noted for their refusal to desert, although home and comfort awaited them.
Of the First Regiment General Trimble
said that they ‘were the dandies of the army, better dressed, better shod, better drilled and in gayer spirits than any in the whole army-and never one deserter.’