One man stands along a remote country road in Lothian, Maryland. Standing alone as he did 150 years ago in Stephenson’s Depot during the American Civil War. A Confederate solder from Anne Arundel County, Pvt. Benjamin Welch Owens remained standing against Union troops while his friends lay dead next to him.
Fighting off the enemy by continually firing his canon until reinforcements arrived, Private Owens showed true courage under fire.
Part of Maryland’s Civil War Trail system that shares historical routes throughout the states involved the American Civil War. This monument was erected on June 19, 1999 by one of his descendants with private funds.
Set on the grounds of the Mount Calvary Anglican Church that was built in 1873 as a Southern Methodist Episcopal Church. These two strong and noble structures show the meaning of courage and bravery in one’s darkest hours.
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