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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Major General George Gordon Meade

Front Face of Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
1. Front Face of Marker
Inscription. (Front Face):
Took command
of the Army of the Potomac
Under orders from
President Lincoln
Seven hundred feet
North of this marker
June 28, 1863
He pursued the Confederates
and at Gettysburg July 1,2,3
Fought the decisive battle
of the Civil War

Marked by
The Pennsylvania Historical Commission

(Right Side):
This Boulder
was taken from a point
near Devil's Den
on the Battlefield
of Gettysburg

(Left Side):
In tribute to
Major General George Gordon Meade
on June 28, 1963
The 100th anniversary of the change of command of the
Army of the Potomac from General Hooker to General Meade
This monument was re-dedicated
under auspices of the
Frederick County Civil War Centennial, Inc.
C. Lease Bussard, President
John W. Morgan, Vice President | Charles F. Bowers, Vice President
Guy W. Nusz, Treasurer | Richard D. Hammond, Secretary
Edward S. Delaplaine, Program Chairman

Erected 1930 by Pennsylvania Historical Commission.
Location. 39° 24.227′ N, 77° 26.329′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Himes Avenue
Right Face Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
2. Right Face
, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Meade Takes Command (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Battle of Frederick (approx. 0.8 miles away); Home of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (approx. 1.3 miles away); Graves, Monuments, and Memorials (approx. 1.4 miles away); USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Francis Scott Key (approx. 1.4 miles away); Final Resting Place (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Frederick.
Also see . . .  General Meade Archives. (Submitted on October 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional comments.
1. Meade's Order Assuming Command


June 28, 1863.

By direction of the President of the United States, I hereby assume command of the Army of the Potomac. As a soldier, in obeying this order, an order totally unexpected and unsolicited, I have no promises or pledges to make. The country looks to this army to relieve it from
Left Face Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
3. Left Face
the devastation and disgrace of a hostile invasion. Whatever fatigues and sacrifices we may be called upon to undergo, let use have in view constantly the magnitude of the interests involved, and let each man determine to do his duty, leaving to an all-controlling Providence the decision of the contest. It is with just diffidence that I relieve in the command of this army an eminent and accomplished soldier, whose name must ever appear conspicuous in the history of its achievements; but I rely upon the hearty support of my companions in arms to assist me in the discharge of the duties of the important trust which has been confided to me.

Major-General Commanding.

S. F. BARSTOW, Assistant Adjutant-General.
    — Submitted October 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. War, US Civil
General Meade's Change of Command Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
4. General Meade's Change of Command Monument
Markers at the Entrance to Prospect Hall Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
5. Markers at the Entrance to Prospect Hall
The Devil's Den Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, April 8, 2007
6. The Devil's Den
One of many noted locations on the Gettysburg battlefield, the Devil's Den was the scene of heavy fighting on the second day of the battle. For the most part it is a typical rock outcropping, much like any other in this part of Pennsylvania. But during the battle, bitter fighting in and around the location immortalized the name forever. Many famous photographs of the casualties of the battle were framed around the Devil's Den. As indicated, the stone for the marker was relocated from the Devil's Den.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,497 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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