Funkstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Funkstown
At Bay another Day
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Stuart, meanwhile, determined to wage a spirited defense to ensure Lee time to complete fortifications protecting his army and his avenue of retreat. As Gen. John Buford’s Federal cavalry division cautiously approached Funkstown via the National Road on Friday morning July 10, 1863, it encountered Stuart’s crescent-shaped, three-mile-long battle line.
It was Stuart’s first defensive battle – here holding a stationary position – since reentering Maryland. The high ground here constituted Stuart’s extreme right, held by Preston Chew’s horse artillery. The stone barn and barnyard wall visible in the distance proved a superb defensive position for the 34th Virginia Battalion’s dismounted cavalry.
Col. Thomas C. Devin’s dismounted Union brigade attacked
By early evening, the Union army began withdrawing south towards Beaver Creek, where I, VI, and XI Corps had concentrated. Stuart had kept the Federals at bay for yet another day.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 36.033′ N, 77° 42.183′ W. Marker is in Funkstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Old National Road (U.S. Alt 40), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Funkstown MD 21734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Funkstown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Claggett's Mill Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Claggett’s Millrace Bridge (approx. half a mile away); This Plot is Dedicated to Public Use (approx. 0.6 miles away); Keller Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baltimore Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); M3A1 Light Tank (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Funkstown.
More about this marker. Marker also displays pictures of Gen. George T. Anderson and Col. Lewis A. Grant, in addition to a map of the battlefield.
Additional keywords. Maryland Civil War Trails
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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