News and Highlights: From the Vault (July 2005)
On July 19, 1775, rifle companies under the command of Michael Cresap and Thomas Price, depart from Frederick Town, Maryland, to join Washington's Army in Boston. The following year, on July 4, 1776, four Marylanders signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia: William Paca, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Thomas Stone, and Samuel Chase.
The University of Maryland Libraries hold selected papers of the Cresap Family. Included is information about Michael Cresap.
The Maryland Manuscripts Collection includes several items by signers of the Declaration of Independence. A selection is listed below:
- MDMS 1, MDMS 2: Accounts of Charles Carroll for amounts owed on land deeds and others, 1740-1832
- MDMS 46: Letter, Samuel Chase to James McHenry, Secretary of War and engraving of Chase, January 19, 1799
- MDMS 955: Ritchie, William: Statement sworn to by T.S. Lee that he knew father of Charles Carroll of Carrollton and the Charles Carroll is the heir of the Carroll family, August 6, 1813
- MDMS 4454: Draft of document used when Maryland delegation presented credentials to the Continental Congress. Written by William Paca. October 1776
- Declaration of Independence (National Archives)
- The Charles Carroll Papers Project (Maryland Historical Society)
- Michael Cresap House (Maryland Historic Trust)
See previous From the Vault entries.